5 Common Myths About Hearing Loss
You can’t always believe what you’re told when it comes to hearing loss. There are several common misconceptions about hearing loss that are just plain untrue.
Some of those myths are outlined below – did you know that these weren’t entirely true?
Myth #1: My hearing loss seems mild, so I probably don’t need hearing aids.
While it might be tempting to put off dealing with hearing loss until absolutely necessary, “just getting by” while your hearing loss seems mild will make your loss harder to treat in the long run. Without auditory stimulation, your brain will have to re-learn sound reception in many ways once you eventually start treatment.
Myth #2: My doctor would’ve told me I have hearing loss.
It’s not necessarily safe to assume that your doctor will be able to tell when you’re experiencing hearing loss. Only a small percentage of physicians test for hearing during regular checkups, so make sure that you monitor any changes in your hearing ability – it might be worth a trip to the audiologist.
Myth #3: Hearing loss only happens to senior citizens.
Though it is more likely to happen as you age, hearing loss is not something that just happens to seniors. Recent estimates saw that only about a third of people with hearing loss are 65 or older – in fact, more than a million are 18 or younger.
Myth #4: Hearing loss won’t affect my overall health.
Besides improving your everyday demeanor due to a decrease in frustration with social interactions, treating your hearing loss can also help you prevent physical health problems, from dementia to balance to your overall mood.
Myth #5: I’m alone in learning the ropes of conversing through hearing loss.
This one’s completely untrue – in fact, New Jersey CapTel offers services that can help you manage your hearing loss in everyday situations. Our communication experts can schedule one-on-one training and demonstrations with you to find the service that best fits your needs. Click here to schedule a session.
Sources: Better Hearing Institute, AARP
Posted by NJAdmin on May 17, 2016