If you are struggling to follow in everyday conversations, or your loved ones are complaining that your radio or television is too loud, take action. There are positive solutions to keep you involved with your family and community. Do not let these common myths prevent you from being engaged in your everyday life.
Re-posting this informative article from HearingLink.org.
Myth #1 – If I had a hearing impairment I would know about it
The truth is that hearing loss tends be gradual, and the signs can be very subtle at first. We also have an in-built ability to adapt, so self-diagnosing a hearing problem can be difficult.
Myth #2 – Living with hearing loss is no big deal
Wrong. Hearing loss can have a huge impact on your everyday life. Psychological effects like frustration, social withdrawal and depression are common – even for those with mild hearing impairment.
Myth #3 – I can get my hearing loss treated with minor surgery
Although some types of hearing loss can be treated with medical or surgical intervention, this only applies to between 5-10% of adults.
Myth #4 – I may have one bad ear, but the other works perfectly fine
Almost all patients who believe they have one ‘good’ ear actually have two ‘bad’ ears – it’s just that one is worse than the other. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and about 90% of patients are in need of hearing aids for both ears.
Myth #5 – Hearing loss only affects ‘old’ people
Not true. Only about 35% of people who suffer from hearing loss are over the age of 64. Hearing loss can affect all age groups.
Myth #6 – My hearing loss cannot be treated
In the past it may have been true that there was nothing that could be done to help your hearing loss. Today, though, almost all patients with some form of hearing loss can be helped to some extent by some extent by hearing aids.
Myth #7 – Only people with serious hearing loss need hearing aids
Hearing aids work by amplifying sounds, so can help anyone who has a form of hearing loss – however mild it is.
Myth #8 – Hearing aids will make everything too loud
As hearing aids are essentially amplifiers, it used to be the case that the wearer would have to turn up the volume to hear soft speech – which would mean normal conversation would then be too loud. Nowadays, though, hearing aids are much more intuitive and can control the level of sound automatically. Indeed, many of them don’t even have volume controls any more.
Don’t let these common myths and misconceptions keep you from seeking the help you need. As trained and experienced professionals, we are here to assist you stay in the conversations of life.
Scott Erickson, Ears 2 U Hearing Aid Center