Does this sound familiar? You drive over to your dad’s house – or maybe it’s your uncle or a valued colleague – and you find the volume on the TV blasting. You ask why the sound needs to be turned up all the way and are told that they aren’t making shows the way they used to. “The dialogue is too quiet on TV these days,” he might complain. “I can’t hear it!”
Giving someone dear to you a pair of hearing aids would, undoubtedly, be a very thoughtful gift. The average price of a single hearing aid is $2,300, according to a report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. That means a pair, which is what most people need, would cost an average of almost $5,000! But, even if you could afford it, there’s a good chance they might not appreciate it.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), there are almost 30 million adults in this country who could benefit from wearing hearing aids. Unfortunately, as the NIDCD reports:
- Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) has ever used them.
- Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 (approximately 16 percent) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.9
Why don’t more people wear hearing aids?
There are a number of reasons why people are reluctant to get hearing aids:
- Hearing loss is usually gradual, so they may not realize how much their hearing has actually deteriorated.
- The cost is prohibitive.
- Getting to and from the doctor for fittings is difficult.
- And, yes, vanity! Wearing hearing aids might make them feel old – or make them think they look like they’re old.
Fortunately, for your budget – and your own ears – ChairSpeakers’ has developed an innovative device to hear TV better. You might be able to find some inexpensive TV ears at Costco, but you won’t find anything comparable to our dual wireless speakers for TV viewing. And doesn’t dad deserve the best?