- Hearing loss only affects older people, I’m too young. Hearing loss affects all age groups, and just because a person is older, they don’t have to accept the hearing loss just because they are told it is “normal” for their age.
- If I had hearing loss, my doctor or family would have told me. Not necessarily, a doctors’ office is usually quiet, therefore your doctor wouldn’t notice or test for hearing loss unless you inform him/her. Family members may not tell you because they don’t want to risk “insulting” you, or they may think you are only selectively listening to them.
- It’s hard to hear in one ear, but the other is just fine. It may seem that way, but most types of hearing loss affects both ears relatively equally. When one ear isn’t working at maximum efficiency, you lose volume and clarity, you may not even realize it. Approximately 90% of patients need hearing aids for both ears.
- If people speak louder, deaf people can hear. Increasing the volume is only part of the solution, as it can garble the sound quality. Yelling and over-articulating distorts the natural rhythm of speech. A hearing person isn’t able to determine if their speech is clear enough for a person with hearing loss to understand.
- Hearing aids instantly make you hear. A person does not obtain ‘normal’ hearing by wearing a hearing aid, it isn’t like wearing glasses. Hearing aids increase the volume of sound, but don’t improve clarity or function well in noisy locations.
- Deaf people can’t drive. As driving is mainly a visual activity, hearing impaired drivers are no more likely to be involved in car accidents than hearing drivers. Some use electronic devices in their cars that alert them, using a lighted panel, to sounds coming from outside the vehicle. By paying attention to visual cues, like flashing lights from an ambulance or police car or when other drivers on the road move to the side of the road is a good indicator.
- Hearing loss can be repaired by medicine or surgery. Some types of hearing loss can be successfully treated by surgery, however, in adults, this is only approximately 5-10% of the time.
- Hearing aids are big and unsightly. Hearing aid technology has changed so much, they now come in all shapes, sizes and colors! Some are even classified as ‘invisible”. What price are you willing to pay for vanity? Stop missing out on hearing your children’s voices, beautiful music, your boss’s instructions or blasting everyone out of the room when you turn the tv up too high.
If your job or lifestyle depends on you being able to discern the nuances of human communication, then even a mild hearing loss can be intolerable. Untreated hearing loss affects you in every way; physically, mentally, and emotionally. It cuts you off from society, leaving you feeling isolated and alone, which contributes to depression. It has also been linked to deteriorating mental function that can lead to dementia. Today’s hearing aids, provide the amount of amplification needed. Only testing by a hearing care professional can accurately determine the hearing loss in one or both of your ears.
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