NEW INFO

 

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT HEARING LOSS – DISPELLED

 

Hearing Loss affects only older adults – 

An estimated 48 million people have a hearing loss in at least one ear in the US and at least two-thirds of this number are under 65 years of age.  1 in 5 children ages 12-19 showed some sign of hearing loss in one or both ears.  Hearing loss can be caused by personal audio devices such as smart phones and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisey entertainment venues, bars and sporting events.

 

Hearing Loss Doesn’t affect the rest of my health – 

Hearing loss has been associated with cognitive decline, dementia, falls, social isolation and depression.  It’s suspected that “cognitive load” (overload of the brain trying to hear and understand speech) may take away resources the brain uses for other functions – such as short term memory.

 

Hearing Aids are like glasses – 

When you put on a pair of glasses, your vision instantly can be corrected to 20/20.  This is not true with hearing aids because your brain needs time to adjust to the sound coming through the hearing aid.  Each person’s journey relearning to hear is different and requires some adjustments to the hearing aids to enhance the hearing experience with the aid.Even the most advanced hearing aids will not restore hearing 100 percent.

 

I don’t need hearing aids since my hearing is mostly fine – 

When you have hearing loss in some frequencies and not others, it is easier to dismiss it as unimportant.  Even a mild hearing loss can adversely affect your work, home and social life.  Treating hearing loss allows the brain to relearn how to hear.  Satisfaction with hearing aid use creates improved outlook, mood, mobility, independence, communication and social interaction.