Study Shows That 75% Of Hearing Impaired Are Embarrassed About Hearing Loss

Less than half of all hearing impaired are open about their hearing loss and 75% are embarrassed, according to a latest study.

The online survey, by Hear-it, reveals that two out of three hearing impaired say that they are open in relation to a spouse or child about their impediment with 6% of those surveyed saying that they keep it to themselves.

Only 49% are open to their family and friends and an alarming 43% say that they are a little embarrassed about their hearing loss. Of the 300 hearing aid users who took part in the research, 28% felt very embarrassed about their hearing loss.

Kim Ruberg, Secretary General of Hear-it AISBL, said: “This survey shows that we still have a long way to go.”

The online survey, which took place during March and April 2011, further found that more than 56% of those who participated in the survey said that they think most of those who have a hearing loss are embarrassed by it.

Kim added: “I’m happy that most of all hearing impaired are open towards their spouse and children. But when it comes to family, friends and colleagues, less than half of all hearing impaired are open about their hearing loss.

“I can only encourage all hearing impaired to be open about their hearing loss. They have nothing to hide and be ashamed of. You will get a much better life if you are open about your reduced hearing. When people know you have a hearing loss, they normally show respect towards you and you don’t have to keep it as a secret anymore.”

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