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Common Hearing Loss Myths
When it comes to hearing loss there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about who it affects, how it affects our health and what hearing aids look like. However medical and technologic advances have provided more understanding about hearing loss and the best ways to treat it.
Here are 5 common misconceptions that we can help provide the answers to.
- I will only get hearing loss when I am over 60 years of age.
Age is factor in hearing loss, however noise induced hearing loss can occur at any age. Listening to loud music, and work environments without hearing protection can have a detrimental effect on your hearing health.
2. Hearing loss will only affect my hearing.
Hearing loss affects a lot more than just your hearing. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss increases your risk of cognitive diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, and can be a contributing factor to depression and social isolation.
3. Hearing aids look horrible and old fashioned.
Hearing aid technology has come a very long way from the traditional NHS hearing aids. There are so many different types of hearing aids to choose from now in a range of styles from behind the ear, to ear bud sized hearing aids and even smaller than that! Many hearing aids now have the ability to connect to phones and other devices providing information about your health and more.
4. Hearing aids will just make everything sound too loud.
Incorrectly fitted hearing aids will just amplify sound which can be uncomfortable. However if hearing aids are set up and fitted correctly your hearing will be improved with better sound and clarity not loudness. Many hearing aids now feature AI technology that will adjust to the environment you are in, in order to achieve clear sound.
5. Hearing loss can be ignored.
Hearing loss is not something that should be ignored. The longer hearing loss is left the worse it can potentially become and reach a level that may not be able to be treated. It is important to take care of your ears and your hearing so if you notice any changes in your hearing, it is advised to have a hearing assessment.
If you have any concerns about your hearing, or any questions regarding hearing aids contact us today.
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