Myths & Facts about Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids

 

MYTH:

Hearing loss only affects “old people” and is just a sign of aging.

FACT:

Hearing loss affects ALL age groups. Only a small percentage (approx. ⅓) of people with hearing loss are over the age of 60. There are an estimated six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and more than one million are school aged.

 

MYTH:

If you had a hearing loss, you would definitely know it.

FACT:

Most hearing loss happens gradually and goes unnoticed. The only way to truly know whether or not you have hearing loss is to have your hearing assessed by a certified hearing care professional.

 

MYTH:

My primary physician would tell you if you had hearing loss.

FACT:

Most physicians do not routinely screen for hearing loss. That is why all patients should have their hearing assessed regularly, especially if your medical or family history indicate a higher risk of hearing loss.

 

MYTH:

Hearing loss is normal for your age.

FACT:

Hearing loss at any age is not “normal.” No matter what your age is, hearing loss should addressed so that a person can take advantage of rehabilitation options.

 

MYTH:

Most hearing losses cannot be helped.

FACT:

This may have been true a very long time ago. Nowadays, a majority of people with hearing losses respond very successfully to hearing aid solutions. This is mostly due to the many modern advancements in hearing aid technology.

 

MYTH:

Your hearing loss is not bad enough that it affects you.

FACT:

Your hearing loss is more noticeable when you are not wearing a hearing

aid. Asking people to repeat themselves, missing key points in a conversation, or responding inappropriately may have people questioning your ability to effectively communicate. Even a mild hearing loss can affect the nuances of speech resulting in frustration and exhaustion, and not to mention, untreated hearing loss has been linked to withdrawal, depression, anxiety, and dementia.

 

MYTH:

Hearing aids are very noticeable and will make me look “old.”

FACT:

Design is a key component of today’s hearing aids. Manufacturers are aware of the importance of cosmetics and have made modern hearing aids virtually invisible. Remember, the goal of a hearing aid is to help you function as if you had “normal” hearing.

 

MYTH:

Good hearing aids are not affordable.

FACT:

Hearing poorly - missing key points in work meetings, information from a medical doctor or even in daily transactions - can be very expensive. Hearing aid products are available in all price ranges. Many hearing aid providers also offer affordable financing options.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Family Audiology. Our professionals are here to help you with all your hearing needs.

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