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Top Hearing Loss Myths and Misconceptions
Posted by William A. Kent, BC-HIS on October 24, 2014
There tends to be a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to hearing loss and hearing aid technology. Usually this is because most people don’t start researching hearing aid information until they or a loved one needs them. So today we’re shedding light on these hearing loss myths.
Hearing aids are only for the elderly.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, 18 percent of 45- to 64-year-olds have a hearing loss. 30 percent of 65- to 74-year-olds and 47 percent of 75-year-olds also experience hearing conditions
, which equates to one in ten people in the United States. With so many experiencing hearing loss, it’s important that you know you are NOT alone.
Hearing aids will make me stick out.
It’s quite the opposite. Not wearing hearing aids can make you stick out more in public because people notice you straining to hear or asking them to repeat themselves. Also, if you think hearing aids still look like flesh-colored bananas sitting on your ears, then you haven’t seen our new, digital hearing aids. Today’s digital hearing aid technology allows hearing aids to be sleek, comfortable and dare-we-say – stylish. Click here
to see for yourself.
I’d know if I truly have hearing loss, or my doctor would tell me.
Most hearing loss occurs gradually over time and many people don’t realize they have it. Also, most general practitioners do not specialize in ears and may miss a patient’s hearing loss
. That’s why we always recommend patients receive a hearing evaluation from a hearing specialist.
Nothing can help hearing loss.
False. Most hearing disorders can be treated with modern hearing aid technology.
Hearing aids are expensive.
This is totally dependent on what level of hearing aid technology you want, the type of hearing aid such as behind-the-ear or in-the-ear and what your insurance covers. We understand that hearing aids are an investment, which is why we offer many affordable options and payment plans to accommodate your budget and hearing loss needs.
If I ignore it, it’ll go away.
Hearing loss is progressive and affects more than your hearing. It also affects your relationships with family and friends, your safety, your emotions and even your brain function. Research actually shows that prolonged, untreated hearing loss can lead to dementia.
My friend’s hearing devices don’t work for him/her so they’re not going to work for me.
Every patient’s hearing loss is different and unique. What he/she uses isn’t necessarily the right digital hearing aid for you and that’s why we sit down with you to find the perfect hearing devices that fit your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.
If you have more questions about hearing loss, please call us or click here
to submit a question. We’ll help you get the answers you’re looking for and we also offer free hearing evaluations if you’d like your hearing checked.