Questions about hearing loss
Trouble hearing? It’s easier to blame noisy restaurants or workplaces, to think that “everyone mumbles”, or that your granddaughter has a very soft voice. In fact, hearing loss typically happens to us very slowly, over a long time, so it’s easy to miss. And it’s more common than you might think.
You’re Not Alone When it Comes to Hearing Loss!
The latest available statistics show that over 10% of the U.S. population reports difficulty hearing. That’s more than 31 million people! And as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age, that number promises to increase dramatically.
48 million Americans of all ages experience hearing loss, including one in six baby boomers. Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to noise, diabetes or other factors, but most often it’s simply a result of aging.
While you can’t stop aging—yet—you can treat hearing loss. The good news is that most hearing loss is mild and treatable. There is no reason to tough it out or to be left out when you could easily be getting more out of life.
With the right hearing treatment plan and hearing aid, you’ll be able to turn up the volume on everything. You can stop asking people to repeat themselves. You can turn down the TV so the neighbors on the next block aren’t hearing it, too. With treatment, you’ll be able to stay involved in all the activities you enjoy and live life to its fullest again.
MYTH: Hearing aids are expensive.
Fact: Some flat-screen Ultra-High Definition TVs retail for more than $8,000, but the millions of people who buy these don’t think they are too expensive. It’s all about value. How much you spend relative to the benefit.
Sure you could buy a tin can for a few cents but it’s not going to help much. Or you can get the hearing aid that meets your needs, is matched to your hearing needs and lifestyle and provides you with a better life.Your hearing specialist will work within your budget to find the best hearing aid options.
MYTH: Hearing aids won’t work for me.
Fact: Hearing aids work for almost everyone, but only if you use the right technology with the right settings. Sure, if you buy a $20 pair of hearing aids online without any customization, then yes, hearing aids probably won’t work for you.
On the other hand, if you work with your hearing specialist to find the right hearing aid programmed for your specific hearing loss, your hearing aids are almost certainly going to work.
MYTH: My Hearing Won't Get Worse
Fact: Here’s the thing about hearing loss: it WILL get worse over time. Researchers even have a name for this: they call it auditory deprivation. What it means is that the longer you ignore your hearing loss, the more hearing you’ll lose that can never be recovered. Hearing aids can help, but only if you have enough hearing left to be saved.
MYTH: I’d know it if I had hearing loss.
Fact: The truth is, hearing loss is so gradual that you probably won’t even notice it. That’s why denial is the most common reaction, followed by the blaming of others for mumbling or keeping the TV volume too low. People tend to be stubborn, but the fact is, if your friends or family members are telling you that you have hearing loss, you probably do — especially when you consider your odds of having hearing loss are 1 in 5.
Also remember that people without hearing loss don’t need to convince others that they can hear fine, so if you’ve been told that you need a hearing test, you should probably get one.