Hearing Loss: Myth vs. Fact

MYTH: The most common cause of hearing loss is old age.

FACT: Exposure to loud noise is the number one cause of hearing loss; only 35% of people with hearing loss are older than 64. Nearly six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss, and more than one million are school age. Hereditary factors and health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other circulatory problems also cause hearing loss, along with certain medications like aspirin, some antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs.

MYTH: Only people with serious hearing loss need hearing devices.

FACT: The need for hearing devices is dependent on your lifestyle and your degree of hearing loss. If you are a teacher or a lawyer, for example, refined hearing is necessary for your daily activities. Therefore, you may not be able to tolerate even a mild level of hearing loss. On the other hand, if you live alone and seldom socialize, then your tolerance level for moderate hearing loss may be higher.

MYTH: If I had hearing loss, my family doctor would have told me.

FACT: The Better Hearing Institute found that only 14% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical.

MYTH: Hearing devices will make me look older.

FACT: It is not the hearing devices that make you look older; being unable hear, understand and communicate normally with others makes you look older! In fact, many hearing devices are designed to be inconspicuous when worn.

MYTH: Hearing devices aren’t worth the expense.

FACT: According to the Better Hearing Institute, 9 out of 10 hearing device users report improvements in their quality of life since purchasing hearing devices.

If you have additional questions about hearing loss or would like to experience for yourself the positive difference hearing devices can make, please give us a call. We can be reached at (307) 632-8224.