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Misconceptions About Hearing Loss

Though there are millions of people in the United States who suffer from hearing loss, misconceptions abound about what hearing loss is and how to treat it. At Beltone, we don’t just want to treat our patients — we want to educate them on how they can preserve their hearing. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of common misconceptions about hearing loss to help you better understand this condition.

Hearing Aids Are Not One-Size-Fits-All

Hearing aids are made to fit every level of hearing loss.” — When people get hearing aids, they are often surprised to find that the sound coming from their hearing devices is slightly different from their regular hearing. Hearing devices are not a “one size fits all” solution either; each person’s audiogram is different, and as such, your device will need to be fitted and adjusted to your hearing.

Hearing Loss Affects More Than Ears

“Hearing loss only affects my ears.” — Individuals with hearing loss are more likely to experience mental and physical ailments such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and heart disease. Additionally, those with hearing loss are more likely to slip and fall and end up in the hospital. When left untreated, hearing loss can cause a patient to have anxiety, depression, fatigue and impaired productivity.

Hearing Loss Can Affect the Young & Old

“Only the elderly suffer from hearing loss.” – Hearing loss appears gradually, and though it is often associated with aging, things like illness, persistent noise exposure, accidents and more can cause hearing loss. Additionally, 3 out of every 1,000 babies are born with some level of hearing loss, according to the March of Dimes.

Hearing Loss May Be Hard to Detect

“Hearing loss is easy to detect.” — In most cases, hearing loss occurs subtly. It can start with a persistent ringing in the ears or the need to turn the television or radio volume up. When you experience these symptoms, you are already dealing with some level of hearing loss, so it is best to schedule a hearing test with an experienced hearing care provider.

Hearing Aids Are Discrete

“Hearing aids will make me look ‘disabled.’” – While older models of hearing aids were large and bulky, modern technology has driven many advancements in this field. Most modern hearing devices are small and can discreetly fit in your ear. To find out what model will fit you best, schedule an appointment with your local Beltone today.

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