Why are elderly men so stubborn about getting hearing aids?

Question by angelsw83: Why are elderly men so stubborn about getting hearing aids?
I have been working as an admin. asst. in a hearing aid center for about 6 months now, and I have noticed a trend. Of the men and women, of which the majority are 70+, whose test results indicate a moderate to severe hearing loss, the women have a higher rate of actually purchasing hearing aids than the men. Also, to elaborate further, the women take advantage of our free followups every 2 weeks, and very seldom return their aids. The men attend fewer followups, but later request ‘adjustments’. Several have returned their aids after only one followup visit, or just refused to even take the experience that far, “I am returning them, and it should be no questions asked, I am done with these stupid things!” That’s an accurate (summation) quote of 3 gentlemen with recent returns.

I won’t go into insane details on how the brain adapts to hearing instruments and the necessity of giving a new device 2-4 weeks before giving up. I will however mention that our software enables us to see how many hours a person has used their aids for. We can tell when someone didn’t give them a fair chance by not following the suggested wearing schedule.

***LOOKING FOR ANSWERS FROM PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE AS A HA BUYER/SELLER/USER/FAMILY OF USER***

AND A MAJOR THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US WHO WORK IN THE HEARING AID INDUSTRY TO ALL WHO HAVE PURCHASED, KEPT, AND STILL USE THEIR HEARING AIDS. YOUR FAMILIES APPRECIATE HOW MUCH EASIER IT IS TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU SINCE YOU’VE MADE THE DECISION TO BETTER YOUR OWN LIFE 🙂

Best answer:

Answer by Bert Weidemeier
Its because women like to spend more money than men do. They have absolutely no business planning senses. Men seem to look more into the future and are more conservative with their money.

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9 Responses to “Why are elderly men so stubborn about getting hearing aids?”

  1. mr grean jeans working back to level one says:

    we can hear it is called selective hearing

  2. KathyC says:

    Vanity o’ vanities.

  3. venshore says:

    It is all about the ego. We have many men here in a 55 and over community that walk around missing out on just about everything. They walk around saying huh all day and look like ignorant idiots. There is no excuse to put their wives or girlfriends or friends though this every day. Medicare advantage programs help pay for hearing aids so there is no excuse not to go get one. There are ones now that you can not see and they are digital so there is no excuse about too much road noise or muffled sounds.

  4. Patti says:

    My father’s biggest problem was losing them, He swore that his dog ate them when they fell out on the floor. Expensive dog treats.

  5. Whortleberry says:

    Well, here’s my experience. I was getting tired of saying “Huh? Huh?” all the time, so I got a hearing aid. The first one I got was bad out of the box. Really, it was — and when I took it back the dealer agreed it was not right. He ordered another one for me, which was better. BUT…I was disappointed in that I still had to say “Huh?” more than I wished to. When I went to my hearing doctor, he explained it to me this way: “With your glasses, your vision is retored to what it was when you were 16. But unfortunately, hearing science is not that effective. Your hearing aid will _not_ restore your hearing to what it was when you were 16. But what it will do is make your hearing _better._ Not perfect, but better.”
    And he was right. Now that I knew what to expect from the little device, I have been much more satisfied. It is possible that these men who return them thought, as I did, it would restore their hearing to its original ability. Alas, that doesn’t happen. So maybe they were discouraged and felt there was no hope for them.

  6. George says:

    Eh? What? What annoys me is that my wife is going deaf and wil not admit it. All my siblings were deaf in their 50s and my father was deafened by wounds from WW1 in 1917,but it was through my mother’s genes that we are all deaf. My youngest brother was the only one who held out of going to be tested

  7. Ms. Minerva says:

    My Dad got tired of all the adjusting and fiddling about with it that was required. Additionally, as a very peaceful, placid person and I think he got to where he quite liked not having all the background noise that goes on all the time, everywhere….as his hearing deteriorated, so did all that noise!

    He did wear them while driving, and he did wear them whenever he was going to be out and knew he was going to be expected to carry on conversations. Like many, though, he had become quite unconsciously adept at lip reading as his hearing went…..and had already bought a phone that greatly amplified the sound volume.

    Mainly, the good ones were astonomically expensive and only really useful…as far as he was concerned….for driving. And the endless adjustments & fiddling about just drove him to frustration.

  8. ˙·٠•●♥ ƹ̵̡ӝ̵̨̄ʒ Pixie ƹ̵̡ӝ̵̨̄ʒ♥●•·˙ says:

    Well imagine this being young able to hear everyone being able to move without difficulty hardly ever being ill and then suddenly you have people telling you you have to wear hearing aids and use wallking aids etc
    It’s a huge change and they don’t want to admit they are getting older…..

  9. youthpastor1955 says:

    I’m sorry, could you repeat that?


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