The thought of losing one of your senses can be described in one word: scary. But, as we get older, it’s just a fact of life that our hearing is one of those senses (like our vision) that slowly deteriorates. Don’t let the misconceptions and myths about hearing aids and hearing loss scare you away from at least receiving a hearing screening. You may be surprised by what that hearing screening reveals.
Over 36 million people suffer with hearing loss in the U.S. But, hearing loss actually impacts many more than that. Family members and friends also feel the effects of hearing loss, and how it changes their relationship with the person struggling to hear. If you live with someone who has untreated hearing loss, are you becoming a “hearing aid”?
Throughout the years, movies, cartoons, comic strips, and comedians have all made light of the way hearing aids look and function. In fairness, it wasn’t until the last 10 years or so that hearing instruments started to work really well in a variety of listening situations, and be extremely cosmetically appealing.