Whether hearing loss is a concern to you at this time or not, you may be shocked at some of the common misconceptions surrounding the subject. Check out this list of hearing loss myths and learn more about how hearing loss may affect you and how it might be treated.
- I can just have surgery to fix my hearing loss
It’s true that some types of hearing loss can be treated with surgery, but this only applies to 10% of cases.
- I only have hearing loss in one ear
Nearly all patients who believe they have one good ear actually have damage to both ears. Those with hearing loss tend to favor one ear over the other, but approximately 90% of patients need hearing aids for both ears.
- Hearing loss only affects the elderly
Only 35% of people with hearing loss are 64 or older. There are more than 5 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and more than 1 million of those are school-age children.
- If I had hearing loss my family doctor would tell me
Very few physicians test hearing as a regular part of annual physicals. It’s important for you to alert your doctor about changes in your hearing.
- Hearing loss at my age is normal
While that may be true, it doesn’t mean your hearing loss should go untreated.
- Your hearing loss cannot be helped
With advances in technology, the majority of people suffering from sensorineural hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids.
- Only people with serious hearing loss need hearing aids
The need for hearing amplification is dependent on your lifestyle, need for refined hearing and the degree of your hearing loss. For people with an active social life or a job that requires minimal communication, then even mild hearing loss can have a serious impact.
- Hearing aids will make everything sound too loud
With the advances in technology, hearing aids automatically react to the input level of sound giving the wearer the optimum volume for all situations.