You might think you know it all when it comes to hearing loss, but the truth is, many people don’t know that some of their most strongly held beliefs about hearing loss are actually myths. Hearing loss affects one in every five Americans, so it’s important to take the time to learn what’s true and what’s not when it comes to your hearing health.
Myth: Hearing Loss Only Affects Seniors
Many seniors suffer from hearing loss, and age-related hearing loss affects many adults over 60, but they’re not the only ones who have trouble hearing. If you think you don’t have to worry about your hearing health for years to come, think again. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is very common among adults of all ages. Do you always wear hearing protection when you’re on the job with loud noise? How about the concert you were at last weekend? The Centers for Disease Control report that up to 20% of adults in their twenties already have hearing damage.
Myth: Hearing Loss is Annoying, But I Can Live with That
Struggling to hear is far more than an annoyance, and has some lasting consequences you might not realize. Not only does hearing loss affect your ability to hear, it also has the potential to damage your relationships and negatively affect your physical, mental, and emotional health. Hearing loss can pose a safety risk as well. Treating hearing loss with a hearing aid reduces stress, allows you to communicate easily and have healthy relationships, improves cognitive function, and keeps you safe.
Myth: I Don’t Have a Noisy Job, so I Won’t Damage My Hearing
While jobsites are a common cause of hearing loss, your workplace isn’t the only place where you experience sounds that can damage your hearing. City living can often be excessively noisy, with traffic noise, screeching subways, and the music you play on your earbuds to drown it all out. Hobbies like hunting or target practice, woodworking, or going to rock concerts all take a toll on your hearing. And if you mow the lawn, use the leaf blower, or have power tools, you’re putting your hearing at risk.
These recreational activities are all particularly dangerous to your hearing health since the sounds are quite close to your ear and can go on for a long time. An emergency siren might hurt your ears for a moment, but it quickly passes. Firing a gun, however, will leave you with hearing damage. If you have any noisy hobbies, make sure you understand the risks, and always wear hearing protection!
Myth: I’ll Be the First One to Know I Have Hearing Loss
We think we know ourselves so well, but when it comes to detecting hearing loss, we often don’t catch it right away. After all, changes in hearing are small, and you learn to adapt to each new change as it comes. Your family members are often the first to know that something isn’t right. They notice you have trouble hearing on the phone, that you don’t always hear the stove timer, and that the TV volume is far too loud. If your family talks to you about your hearing, take it seriously. If they’ve noticed that you have hearing loss, you probably do.
Myth: My Hearing Loss Isn’t Too Bad, I Don’t need to get Hearing Aids This Year
You might think that only those with severe hearing loss need hearing aids. After all, you do manage to get by most of the time, so you think you can keep putting off investing in your hearing. The truth is, the longer you wait to get hearing aids, the more your hearing deteriorates, and the harder it will be to adjust to a hearing device. Without auditory stimulation, certain areas of the brain get used for other functions, and your ability to hear those sounds is gone forever. If you get a hearing aid early, you’ll save the hearing you still have, and have much clearer and more natural hearing for years to come.
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