On average, it takes 7-10 years for a person who needs hearing aids to actually get them. What they may not realize is that waiting this long can negatively impact the potential benefits hearing aids can provide.
When people don’t address their hearing loss quickly, the hearing nerves become deprived, and weaken from lack of stimulation. Subsequently, the hearing centers of the brain weaken because they no longer receive and process auditory information. Over time, the ability to understand speech will not improve, even with a hearing aid. This is often referred to as “auditory deprivation.