Hearing aids are such a powerful little tool, but of the millions of people that could benefit from them, only a small fraction choose to use them. Why live with hearing loss, when you can turn up the volume, turn down the background noise and, even better, manage ringing in the ears (depending upon the hearing aid you choose)? Like many other things in life, many people have a picture in their minds of what a hearing aid is, what it can do and who should be using it. It all comes down to the persistent myths that surround hearing aids.
There’s a long list of myths out there, but these three hearing aid myths are the most common. It’s time to set the record straight about them.
- I’m too young for hearing aids!
For many, hearing loss and hearing aids are only for our grandparents, no matter what age we have on our driver’s license. The fact is, hearing loss can affect people of all ages, from infants to retirees. In many of these cases, regardless of age, hearing aids are recommended by hearing health care providers as a smart solution to improve hearing. Hearing aids can also help prevent further loss and hearing problems, such as tinnitus, in the future.
- Hearing aids are big, bulky and uncomfortable.
Today’s options aren’t your Dad’s hearing aids. With ongoing research, development, and innovation, hearing aids are rapidly becoming sleeker and more comfortable than ever. Some of the newest designs are hidden from view and offer a range of features and benefits that make them a smart addition to your life. To find the best fit for you and your lifestyle, schedule a hearing evaluation and hearing aid fitting to discuss your needs and the variety of options available.
- It’s just a little hearing loss, no big deal.
Even the smallest amount of hearing loss can impact health, relationships and your quality of life. Some of the latest hearing loss research is pointing to an undeniable connection between hearing loss (even just a little) and total health including:
- Increased risk of depression – Strong relationships have been shown to help reduce stress, increase feelings of well-being, and even reduce your risk of death. These relationships often suffer when untreated hearing loss hampers communication. In many cases, this may lead to reduced social interaction and depression.
- Increased risk of cognitive decline – Some of the newest research is stressing the importance of treating hearing loss for brain health. It’s believed that hearing loss can cause the brain to work harder to hear and listen putting a strain on cognitive function.
At the first sign of hearing loss, work with a hearing health care provider to treat, manage and prevent further loss and protect your health.
Do your hearing and health a favor. Ditch the hearing aid myths and take advantage of the many benefits they can offer now and down the road.
If you have questions or concerns about your hearing and what hearing aids can do for you, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your hearing health.