According to Healthy Hearing, about 48 million Americans suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Yet, there are still plenty of myths about hearing loss and hearing aids floating around. These misconceptions continue to deter some hearing loss sufferers from seeking the treatment they need. The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), reported that about 28.8 million adults (age 20 – 69) in the U.S. could benefit from wearing hearing aids, however, only about 16% have ever used them. Luckily, the New Generation Hearing experts are here to debunk misinformation and help those who may be suffering from hearing loss make educated decisions for their hearing health.
Myth: Only the elderly experience hearing loss
While age-related hearing loss (Presbycusis) is common, hearing loss affects people of all ages. In fact, according to the Better Hearing Institute, 65% of people with hearing loss are younger than 65. Not to mention, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is on the rise among young people. the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that 24% of U.S. adults (age 20 to 69) showed indications that suggested NIHL.
Myth: Hearing loss is not a serious illness and only affects the ears
This is one of the biggest, and perhaps most dangerous misconceptions about hearing loss. On the surface, hearing loss seemingly only affects the ears, however, in reality, it has been linked to various other health issues. Heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, social isolation, depression, and more have been associated with hearing loss. Foregoing treatment only increases the chances of experiencing further health issues.
Myth: Hearing aids work like eyeglasses
Unfortunately, the logic applied to how eyeglasses correct vision does not translate the same when applied to hearing aids and hearing loss. Because hearing loss comes in various types and each person’s audiogram and ability to process different frequencies is unique, hearing aids have to be professionally programmed to work best for each patient. Additionally, the patient’s brain has to be trained to process sounds from the device.
Myth: Hearing aids are unattractive
Technology has allowed hearing aids to continuously evolve for the better. In today’s world, hearing aids are comfortable, user-friendly, versatile, sleek and discreet. Some are even virtually invisible!
Now that you know the truth about hearing loss and hearing aids, it is time to take control of your hearing health. If you are in the South Florida area and are experiencing symptoms of hearing loss or have questions about hearing loss, contact New Generation Hearing Centers today for your FREE consultation.