36 million Americans suffer with some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately many of those 36 million who could receive benefit from hearing aids don’t. People often don’t seek help simply because they’ve been supplied with the wrong information.
If you suspect that you or someone close to you may be experiencing some degree of hearing loss, do not let these common myths about hearing loss or hearing aids stop you from seeking professional help and treatment.
MY HEARING IS NORMAL FOR MY AGE.
Your hearing is either in the range of “normal” or it isn’t. Your age has nothing to do with whether or not your hearing is “normal”.
MY DOCTOR WOULD HAVE TOLD ME IF I NEED HEARING AIDS.
A very small minority of family doctors actually screens their patients for hearing loss. If you do have a hearing loss, it may not be noticeable to your doctor during a 15-minute office visit in a one on one situation in a relatively quiet listening environment.
SOMETIMES I CAN HEAR THE TV AND SOMETIMES I CAN’T. IF I HAD A PROBLEM HEARING I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO HEAR IT ALL THE TIME.
A common misconception is that hearing loss is simply a uniform decrease in volume. In fact hearing loss can affect hearing levels differently at different frequencies (pitches). The majority of people who experience hearing loss tend to lose the ability to hear higher pitched sounds before they lose the ability to hear low-pitched sounds. This partially explains why women and children can be harder for someone with a hearing loss to hear than it would be for them to hear a man’s voice.
WHEN I GET HEARING AIDS, EVERYONE WILL KNOW THAT I HAVE A HEARING PROBLEM.
Several of the signs of untreated hearing loss, such as difficulty understanding conversations and frequently asking people to repeat themselves, will always be much more conspicuous than your hearing aids.
BUYING A SET OF HEARING AIDS ONLINE WILL SAVE TIME AND MONEY.
Shopping online can save time and money for many consumer goods; health care devices do not belong in that category. A hearing aid is a complex medical device, not just a sound amplifier. They should not be purchased online and worn right out of the box. Hearing aids should be selected and fit following a comprehensive evaluation by a licensed hearing healthcare professional. The follow up support and counseling you’ll receive from your hearing healthcare professional is a large part of the key to a successful hearing aid fit.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about hearing aids and hearing loss. Don’t let a myth about hearing aids or hearing loss prevent you or someone close to you from experiencing all the benefits of better hearing, call us today, we can help.