Far too often, people with hearing loss wait too long to seek help for their condition because of common misconceptions about hearing aids and general hearing loss. Become a healthy hearing advocate for your loved ones dealing with hearing loss or educate yourself to learn more about certain treatment plans and prevention tips. Don't fall victim to false information and check out these four extremely common myths about hearing loss:
Myth #1: I'm not elderly, so hearing loss won't happen to me.
According to AARP, around 40 percent of the estimated 48 million people in the U.S. living with hearing loss are below the age of 60
. So what does this mean? It means that you need to take care of your ears and be proactive about hearing health even from a young age. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five out of every 1,000 babies born each year have hearing loss and that teens and young adults are just as at risk for damaging their hearing, due to anything from noisy work or hobbies to medication to genetics.
Myth #2: Hearing loss is inevitable as I get older.
While most people think hearing loss is simply a part of aging, you might be surprised to know that only around 35 percent
of individuals with hearing loss are above the age of 64, according to the Better Hearing Institute. Though society makes hearing loss seem inevitable, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your hearing from preventable damage and be proactive about hearing health, such as scheduling an appointment with an audiologist
Myth #3: I can still hear alright, so hearing loss shouldn't be high on my list of medical concerns.
Maybe you only are having trouble hearing out of one ear or don't think your problem is bad enough to seek out a hearing specialist? Don't fall victim to this pervasive myth that your hearing loss isn't as important as other medical problems. For example, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have been looking into hearing loss and its links to cognitive decline and dementia
, according to the school's website. Additionally, hearing loss in only one ear may impact everything from your balance to making it difficult to distinguish where sounds are coming from.
Myth #4: Much like glasses, hearing aids will restore my hearing 100 percent.
Hearing aids are not the same as glasses. While glasses can correct vision to 20/20 as soon as you put them on, the brain needs far more time to adjust to sound coming in through hearing aids. Furthermore, everyone has a unique audiogram, which means it might take time for your hearing specialist to find the right solution for you. You might need to make repeated trips to hear more clearly and even then, hearing aids won't restore your hearing to "normal." The way humans hear is far too complex to replicate with a man-made device at the moment.
Don't wait to learn more about hearing loss and how to improve your quality of life with this condition. For more information, contact one of our representatives at AccuQuest today!