Hearing Loss & Hearing Aid Myths
MYTH: My hearing loss cannot be helped.
FACT: Many people with hearing loss in one ear, with a high frequency
hearing loss, and with nerve damage have been told, often by a doctor,
that they cannot be helped. The fact is most people with hearing loss can be helped,
the majority of them with hearing aids. A thorough evaluation by our board certified hearing care provider will help ensure you receive the best care possible for your hearing loss.
MYTH: If I had a hearing loss, my family doctor would have told me.
FACT: Very few physicians electronically measure your hearing. Many people with hearing loss can still pick up certain words and guess at the words they may have missed. Without at least several extensive conversations it's virtually impossible for the majority of doctors to notice most degrees of hearing loss during routine physical checkups.
MYTH: Hearing aids do not work.
FACT: Treatment is now possible for hearing losses which may
have been difficult to treat just a few years ago. Modern hearing aids
can help 95 percent of persons with hearing loss. In fact, today's hearing aids are so effective that people who choose not to use them are truly wasting away their chance to improve their quality of life and also that of their loved ones.
MYTH: I have waited this long, I can wait another few years before I get hearing aids.
FACT: The problem is not just that words become fainter. Waiting to get help can actually cause gradually increased permanent distortion, clinically known as phonemic regression. When this happens, even if the words are made clear and loud enough, the inner ear distortion will make them sound garbled. Putting off hearing aids year after year may increase the rate of phonemic regression, making words less and less clear and ruining the ability to understand them even when hearing aids are eventually purchased.
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