Hearing loss education has been gaining momentum over the past several decades, with more and more research pointing to the ways our hearing health affects much more than our ears. The impact of hearing impairment ripples out through people’s lives and is deeply connected to our overall mental and physical health. Yet despite this raising awareness, many myths about hearing loss stubbornly persist. Often, you can find this nonsense being pandered as “common sense” even though the misinformation is false and detrimental. To set the record straight, let’s take a look at some of the common misperceptions about hearing loss.
Losing Some of Your Hearing Is No Big Deal
Our hearing is intrinsically connected to how we navigate the world and to the overall health of our body. When our hearing is impaired, it greatly increases our susceptibility to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and isolation. The limitations untreated hearing loss puts upon our ability to communicate can strain relationships and diminish our earning power in the workforce. Hearing loss also can wear away at our cognitive abilities increasing the risk of dementia and accidental injury.
Hearing loss is a big deal if left untreated, a disability that can take a big toll on your quality of life. The good news is that treatment for hearing loss can help minimize this toll. Hearing devices and therapies help people with hearing loss recover their connections to communication and health. Although much hearing loss is permanent, it can be effectively managed.
You Don’t Have to Worry About Hearing Loss Until You Are Older
Taking care of your hearing is a lifelong job, and in today’s noisy world, it’s more important than ever to realize the cumulative effect that loud noise can have on your hearing. Permanent hearing loss can occur in response to any dangerously loud noise levels, no matter what age you are. While some consistently loud occupations regulate hearing protection with OSHA standards, daily life presents plenty of opportunity for damaging your hearing without workplace noise. Unprotected ears are vulnerable to sudden damage from noises like fireworks or gun shots, and to more gradual damage from sources like overly loud earbuds or commuting noise.
While it is true that our hearing becomes more easily damaged as we age, a large part of age-related hearing loss is the result of progressive damage that happens throughout our lives. Damage to the sensitive hair cells of the inner ear can happen at any age and the damage is permanent. Always look out for your hearing, and if you notice changes, schedule a hearing exam.
Hearing Loss Is Easy To Notice
You may have significant hearing loss, and not even know it. Hearing impairment and the damage it can do to your life often occurs slowly and gradually over time. You may not catch yourself avoiding social situations where noise confusion makes comprehension difficult. You might not even connect the dots between asking people to repeat themselves often may indicate you are having trouble hearing. If a friend or loved one suggests you have your hearing examined, take them seriously – they may be noticing something you aren’t, in the context of sounds you can’t hear.
Hearing Aids Don’t Really Work
Although hearing aids are haunted by a public perception that they are clunky and ineffective, the reality is the exact opposite. Modern hearing aids are discreet microcomputers with the ability to help people restore much of the hearing they have lost. Most hearing devices can be hidden entirely behind or inside the ear, and are fitted and programmed to respond to the unique hearing needs of the user. Many new hearing aids can stream audio directly from smart phones and other digital devices directly into the user’s ear for clear and focused listening experiences. When looking for a hearing device, it’s important to find one that can be programmed to best enhance your hearing. Consulting with a hearing specialist will put you on the right track towards finding the best hearing aid for your lifestyle.
If there have been changes to your hearing recently, get the facts at Arizona Balance & Hearing Aids. Our professional team is focused on connecting our patrons with thorough testing and custom treatment. Set up an appointment today and get on the path to hearing wellness.