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Hearing loss is a very common problem, but it is often misunderstood. Many of the misconceptions about hearing loss can be damaging as they can prevent people from getting help when they begin to experience hearing problems. If help is not sought quickly, this can lead to more severe problems (and more difficulty in correcting the problems) in the future.
Whether you’re experiencing hearing loss yourself, or know someone who is showing signs of difficulty hearing, it’s important to know the facts and to be aware of where to go for assistance. Getting a professional opinion at an early stage can prevent further hearing damage and enable you to find a solution that minimizes the problem.
Misconceptions People Hold About Hearing Aids
Wearing a hearing aid can carry a stigma, and many people believe that hearing aids will be intrusive and unattractive. Modern hearing aids are, in fact, very small and discreet – and usually go entirely unnoticed by most people!
Common Myths About Hearing Loss And Hearing Aids
- MYTH: Hearing loss affects men and women equally.
TRUTH: 60% of all hearing impaired people are male. This is often linked to a high exposure to stress, the likelihood of increased noise at work and greater incidence of head injuries. Research also shows that African American people are 20% less likely to suffer from hearing loss than white people.
- MYTH: Hearing loss only affects older people.
TRUTH: Although hearing loss is much more common in the elderly, and one third of people over the age of 60 experience hearing loss, many younger people across the world are also diagnosed with hearing loss. The statistics suggest that 65% of people with hearing loss are under the age of 64.
- MYTH: Hearing aids are expensive.
TRUTH: Hearing aid technology is developing all the time, making hearing aids cheaper and more advanced than ever before. Most hearing aids are now very small, highly sensitive and affordable for most budgets.
- MYTH: Hearing aids make things louder but not clearer.
TRUTH: The digital technology used in modern hearing aids has progressed at great speed within the last few years and hearing aids are now extremely sophisticated. It is possible for hearing aids to filter out noise and feedback, which makes it easier to hear speech in noisy environments and to cut out background noise.
- MYTH: There’s nothing I can do to change the likelihood of losing my hearing.
TRUTH: There are many lifestyle factors that influence your chances of developing hearing loss as you age. Eating a good, balanced diet and taking regular exercise will help to protect your ears, while avoiding loud noises, and not smoking, will help to prevent damage to your inner ear and auditory processing system.
Do you need hearing advice?
Here at Hidden Hearing, we pride ourselves on our expertise regarding hearing loss and hearing aids. We want to help you to find the best solution for you and your lifestyle, so contact us today to discuss how we can help.