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Around 48 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Despite this number, there are still lots of misconceptions about hearing loss. 

It is important that you know how to distinguish facts from these myths, because hearing affects your overall health and quality of life. Here, Hear More Associates shares some of the most common myths about hearing loss:

Myth #1: Hearing Loss Only Happens to Seniors

Fact: More than 36% of hearing loss occurs in people age 18 to 64, and another 44% happens in those 65 and older.

Myth #2: You Only Need Hearing Aids If Your Hearing Loss Is Severe

Fact: Many people choose to ignore their hearing issues until they’re serious. However, hearing loss can impact many areas of your daily life, including your ability to communicate clearly, especially in social or work situations. If you feel like something is wrong with your hearing, you should get it checked out to see if you need hearing aids.

Myth #3: It’s Only Your Hearing That’s Going to Be Affected By Hearing Loss

Fact: In fact, people with hearing loss have a greater chance of developing dementia, depression, and other conditions. 70% of people with hearing loss have a ranking of three or less on the Short Form 36 Health Survey, and hearing loss has been linked to an overall loss of independent living and quality of life.

Myth #4: Hearing Aids Are Not That Helpful

Fact: Amplifying sound is the main function of a hearing aid, but are also able to do much more. They can help with understanding speech in background noise, remove distortion and make speech easier to understand. Some models also have directional microphones and cues to help with placing sound.

Myth #5: You’ll Only Need One Hearing Aid (Just for the Bad Ear)

Fact: Individuals with unilateral hearing loss (one ear affected) should consider using a hearing aid in both ears. This is because when one ear is impaired and the other ear is working normally, the individual may compensate by turning their head toward the better ear, which can lead to muscle weakness and imbalance.

Myth #6: Wearing a Hearing Aid Will Make You Look Old

Fact: Thanks to new styles, colors and technology, you can find a hearing aid that matches your personality. At The Hearing Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we offer hearing aids that match the natural tone of your skin, and we can even create cosmetic shells to help make your hearing aid look more like a part of you.

Myth #7: There’s No Way To Fix My Hearing Loss

Fact: There are many options for treating hearing loss today. If you’re unsure about which option is best for you, it’s best to talk to your doctor.

Myth #8: It’s Too Late to Get a Hearing Aid

Fact: Avoiding your hearing issues doesn’t help anyone, so it’s best to get a hearing test. The sooner you get a diagnosis and treatment, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy all of the benefits of wearing hearing aids like better communication and clarity.

Conclusion

There are many myths and misconceptions that surround hearing loss, but understanding the facts can help you approach your diagnosis in a sensible way. If you’re ready to get a free hearing test in Massachusetts or get fitted for your hearing aids, Hear More Associates can help you. Contact us today to set your appointment!

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