9 Misconceptions About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

Often what we think we know gets in the way of what we ought to know. Many of the common misconceptions about hearing loss can be chocked up to rumor and hearsay. Modern research and development put these complaints to rest.

Hearing loss only affects a small number of people

Current studies show that over 28 million people live with hearing loss. And that’s just in the United States! With one in ten people suffering from hearing loss, there’s no need to be shy or embarrassed because you are NOT alone.

If I had hearing loss, I’d be the first to know

Because of the gradual nature of most hearing disorders, many people live with hearing loss for years without knowing they actually have it!

Most hearing loss cannot be helped

Not true. Nowadays, over 90% of hearing disorders are treatable with modern technology.

Hearing loss happens because sounds aren’t loud enough

Hearing must be considered with factors aside from decibel level and loudness. The frequency of sounds, the pitch, has more to do with healthy hearing than anything. Simply amplifying sounds isn’t the answer; you need to improve HOW those sounds are received.

Living with hearing loss isn’t that hard

The psychological effects of hearing loss can be damaging to your life. Frustration, withdrawal, and depression are common responses to this treatable problem. You may be able to live with hearing loss, but your quality of your life will suffer. And who wants that?

Many of the concerns preventing those with hearing loss from pursuing treatment stem from experiences with early hearing aid technology.

Hearing aids are very noticeable and unattractive

If you’re having nightmares of some garish instrument hanging from your ear, chances are that you’ve been affected by the ghost of hearing aid past. Although hearing aids used to be clunky and obvious, today’s digital technology allows hearing aids to be small and comfortable. With these advances in technology and the ability to match devices with hair and skin color, hearing aids can be both effective and virtually unnoticeable.

Hearing aids are a sign of old age

Now this one’s just silly. Hearing loss affects people of all shapes, sizes and, yes, ages, from newborn babies to parents and grandparents. Your hearing is important; don’t let foolish stigmas keep you from hearing better.

Hearing aids are ridiculously expensive

Cost should never get in the way of important life and medical decisions, but it is important to know that many hearing centers offer payment options that are affordable and flexible.

Hearing aids don’t work

Using a hearing aid may require a short adjustment period, but with help from your audiologist and a positive attitude, the results will be music to your ears.

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