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Procrastination is one of the biggest enemies of successful hearing treatment. Many patients struggle in silence their entire lives, continually putting off seeking help, telling themselves over and over that they’ll “get to it eventually.” Meanwhile, the problem only gets worse, as their hearing continues to deteriorate and their isolation deepens.

But if delaying treatment is so destructive, why do we do it?

Recently, I came across an article in the New York Times that offers an answer to this question. As it turns out, research suggests that the roots of procrastination lie not in our laziness, but in our emotions.

Most of you out there putting off seeing an audiologist are doing it against your better judgement. Maybe you have loved ones urging you to look into hearing aids, or you’ve found yourself losing your hold on everyday conversations. Still, you can’t bring yourself to set the appointment and get the help you need.

Rest assured, this isn’t because of some fatal flaw in your character or an inability to see the truth of the situation — it’s because of your emotions surrounding hearing treatment in general. Sure, you probably don’t want to take the time to come into the office, but you’re also likely grappling with feelings of self-doubt, fear, inadequacy and irrelevancy. You may worry that admitting and treating your hearing difficulties to a professional may make you seem different to others — less capable, less independent, or just plain older.

To combat these anxieties, I recommend practicing a little self-compassion. Instead of ignoring your hearing loss outright out of fear or ruminating on the ways in which it damages your self-image, be kind to yourself. Realize that you’re not alone; hearing loss is a remarkably common issue, affecting more than an estimated 466 million people worldwide.

And perhaps most importantly, realize that hearing loss is treatable. It’s just as easy to come into the office and get the benefits of long-term hearing success as it is to stay at home and suffer, convincing yourself there isn’t a problem.

If you’re ready to practice some self-compassion and seek the treatment you deserve, give me a call at 617-934-6987, or click the link below to schedule your complimentary consultation. Hearing loss can stir up some nasty emotions — but we can tackle them together!

 

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