Myths vs. Facts about Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids
There are many myths out there about hearing loss and hearing aids due to the long-time stigma associated with both. However, there is no need for the negative stereotypes because of the amazing advances in hearing aid technology. We are here to help dispel myths and set the facts straight about hearing loss and hearing aids.
Myth: My hearing loss isn’t a problem.
Fact: Hearing loss actually is a problem. It can interfere with a variety of things in your life including communication with others, social life, and of course, work life. Untreated hearing loss can lead to a number of problems like withdrawal, frustration, depression and cognitive decline.
Myth: Hearing loss is rare, so I don’t have to worry about it affecting me.
Fact: Hearing loss is actually one of the most common ailments in the U.S. Over 28 million Americans have hearing loss; that translates to one in ten people.
Myth: Hearing loss only affects seniors.
Fact: Hearing loss affects people of all ages and is actually on the rise among younger people.
Myth: I would know if I had hearing loss.
Fact: If hearing loss happens suddenly it would be easy to recognize; but most hearing loss is slow and gradual. Therefore, most people don’t recognize they have a hearing problem.
Myth: I don’t need to protect my ears from loud sounds since I already have hearing loss. protecting my ears from loud noises.
Fact: Loud noises can cause further damage to hearing at any time, even if hearing loss already exists.
Myth: I don’t need hearing aids because I only have a mild hearing loss.
Fact: Only a hearing assessment from a hearing professional can determine whether or not you can benefit from a hearing aid.
Myth: Hearing aids are big, obvious, and make noises from the feedback.
Fact: Hearing aid has changed drastically and improved exponentially in recent years. Many hearing aids are hardly even visible at all and the technology has also improved the feedback problem which used to cause whistling noises.
Myth: Hearing aids won’t help me hear again.
Fact: High frequency hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss and 95% of people with high frequency hearing loss can hear again with the help of hearing aids. Even if you don’t have high frequency hearing loss, there are still hearing aids that will help you hear again.
Myth: I only need one hearing aid.
Fact: We have what is called binaural hearing. That means we use both ears for hearing. Our two ears work in conjunction to help localize sound and filter noises. Only a hearing assessment will help us determine if you need one or two hearing aids. In many cases, two hearing aids are used to help reproduce binaural hearing and deliver that natural hearing effect.
Anderson Audiology is here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing ands and would like to speak with one of our experienced hearing health care professionals, contact us at Anderson Audiology and schedule an appointment today.