I’ve seen it a million times. A patient comes into Quincy Hearing and realizes that many of the biggest struggles in their daily life have been a product of runaway hearing loss. I fit them for hearing aids, they’re amazed at the clarity of the devices, and they go on their merry way. In those first few months, I continue to see the patient pretty regularly. With each visit, we go over their successes and issues, and tweak accordingly, zeroing in on the settings and strategies that will maximize benefits. The patient’s life is steadily changing for the better, everything seems to be going great — and then they fall off the face of the Earth.
I reach out to them to no avail, leaving me wondering what happened, where they’re at with their treatment, and whether they’ve given up on addressing their hearing loss altogether.
Six months, a year, or two years later, they’re back in the office, ready to rededicate themselves to fixing their hearing issues. As I dig into the data logs for their hearing aids, they bashfully tell me not to be mad, but that they haven’t been wearing their devices as much as they should. As in: at all. They wear a shameful expression on their face, waiting for me to scold them …
… but I never do. Instead of wagging my finger and offering a lecture on the importance of consistency with hearing aid use, I immediately start working with the patient to find solutions to get them back on track.
You’d be amazed at how many patients who face initial hurdles in hearing treatment worry that I’m going to shame them for forgetting to wear their devices. Some of them worry about this so much that they abandon treatment altogether, assuming that hearing aids aren’t for them after all.
I hate to think that any of my patients are afraid to come to me with their concerns. That’s why I strive to create a 100% shame-free environment here at Quincy Hearing. After all, I don’t want to be like a dentist scolding you for forgetting to floss — I want to be a conscientious partner on your road to better hearing!
Trust me: I know better than anyone that when you’re trying to address something as entrenched and long-standing as serious hearing loss, there are going to be a few obstacles along the way. Better to nip those concerns in the bud as they arise than to make my patients feel bad for something outside their control!
So whatever you do on the path to better hearing, don’t be ashamed. Whether you’re a current patient who’s gotten out of the practice of wearing hearing aids, or a new patient afraid of taking that first step, give me a call at 617-934-6987 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Together we can work to address your concerns and build a foundation for long-term hearing success.
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