Adam Savage has released a new video in which he opened up about hearing loss and how hearing aids have improved his quality of life. This discussion comes in response to a fan question and Savage talked about the need to destigmatize hearing loss, particularly in young people.
My wife is an audiologist. She specializes in hearing loss and hearing aids, and yes, most of her patients are older individuals, but there are also a lot of young people out there that are hard of hearing that don’t want to admit it to themselves. I hear so many stories from my wife about this and how people are starting to lose hearing at a younger age due to so many different factors.
Savage likened the use of hearing aids to that of wearing glasses and discussed how much better his life is with them. I actually loved the fact that Savage opened up about this and shared his experience with hearing aids.
As many of you know, Adam wears a hearing aid. In this Ask Adam, he answers Tested Patron Joe Niedbala’s question: “As someone who has been forthcoming about your own hearing-related issues, why do you think that more attention has not been given to this topic, both from a preventative and a treatment perspective? So many people refuse to acknowledge they have a problem. Hearing aids are marketed to primarily the elderly, making hearing loss seem an age-related issue and a shameful sign of frailty, rather than something that can affect anyone in our loud, industrial world.
For those of you who think you might have hearing loss, go get your ears checked! Most places that specialize in hearing and hearing aids will give you a free test, and then you can go from there.