Myths About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a sign of aging and only impacts “old people”

Hearing loss affects all ages; you can be born with hearing loss or the onset can occur at any age. You are especially at risk of having an early onset hearing loss if you have a family history of hearing loss or if you are exposed to loud noises at work or at home.

Hearing loss is normal for my age

Yes, it is normal for your hearing to get worse as you age, but it is NOT normal to leave this hearing loss untreated. Our brain is supposed to hear everything. Leaving a hearing loss untreated can increase your risk for social isolation, depression, and cognitive decline.

Your type of hearing loss cannot be helped

Previously, people were told that hearings aids would not help their hearing loss if they had a loss in one ear, a loss in the highest frequencies, or very little residual hearing. However, with the advances in technology that is not the case for approximately 95% of patients. We have many solutions for different hearing impairments that are based both on the degree of your hearing loss as well as your lifestyle and listening needs.

Hearing aids will make everything louder

Today’s hearing aids allow us program them to give you amplification (or volume) only at the pitches where you have a loss. Overall, hearing aids should make speech clearer rather than louder.

Everyone will notice my hearing aids

Audiologists offer hearing aids that are essentially invisible. Often, your untreated hearing impairment is much more evident that most of our hearing aid styles.

If I had a hearing loss, my family doctor would have told me

Your family physician may not recognize your hearing loss. The most common pitches that are initially impacted will still allow you to have a one-on-one conversation in a quiet room.  A hearing loss often doesn’t become obvious until you are having a conversation with two or more people, if there is background noise present, or if someone isn’t looking at you when speaking to you. As a result, family physicians don’t recognize the loss because they are not in the environment in which you struggle.

There are many misconceptions about hearing aids and hearing impairment; if you have any questions about your hearing health care contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our Audiologists.

 

 

*modified from betterhearing.org