Top 5 Myths About Hearing Loss

There’s a lot of information going around about hearing loss, making it difficult to discern what is true and what is false. It’s important to be aware of some common misconceptions in order to keep tabs on your hearing and ear health. Here are the top five myths about hearing loss:

Hearing loss only affects the elderly.

Hearing loss can affect anyone. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately 48 million Americans (20%) report some degree of hearing loss. About 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears. Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.

My primary physician will tell me if my hearing is failing.

Not many doctors perform a hearing test as part of a routine physical. They rely on you to inquire about any health-related questions. A primary care physician is skilled in specific areas of the body. An audiologist, however, is specifically educated to administer hearing tests, diagnose hearing loss, and prescribe treatment.

I notice a difference in one ear, but the other is fine, so I’m ok.

If hearing in one ear starts to fade, the brain will adapt to those changes—up to a point. There are countless stories of people who were oblivious to the gradual advancement of their hearing loss. The brain is so involved with the sense of hearing, it can “forget” how to hear certain sounds if auditory pathways become damaged and hearing loss is left untreated. It is very important to have your

Hearing aids will restore my hearing to normal levels.

Hearing aids have sensitive microphones that focus on speech while tuning out background noise. They are programmed to work with many other personal electronic devices such as cell phones. However, as knowledgeable as researchers are about how our sense of hearing works, there is no man-made device that can completely replicate human hearing. The good news is that hearing aids significantly improve your ability to hear well, leading to enhanced communication.

My hearing loss cannot be helped.

Many types of hearing loss can be improved, whether by using hearing aids, surgery, medication or a simple ear wax removal procedure. Due to rapid advancement in the industry, hearing loss which was at one time difficult to effectively address may now be treatable.

One of the joys about what we do is bringing hope to people suffering from hearing loss. We can provide you with a comprehensive program of hearing healthcare, tailored specifically to your needs. We believe in doing everything we can to get you hearing your best. Get started today and sign up for a FREE hearing consultation.

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