Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Five Common Misconceptions About the Hearing Impaired


5 Common Misconceptions about Hearing Loss:


1. Sign of Aging

It’s commonly believed that only older or elderly people suffer from hearing loss.

In reality, while hearing loss does become more common with age, 40 percent of the 48 million Americans with impaired hearing are under 60.


2. Speaking Louder Helps

Hearing aids do increase the sound level a hearing impaired person hears, but they also work to eliminate background noise. So if you’re having a conversation with someone with hearing loss and think raising the sound of your voice will guarantee them to hear you better, you’re mistaken.

The clarity of your speech and environment you’re in are the factors to focus on.


3. If I Had a Hearing Impairment, My Doctor Would Tell Me

Not all doctors perform hearing tests during routine physicals, so if you haven’t been to a doctor that specializes in hearing, you might not know you are hearing impaired.

If you suspect your hearing is impaired, schedule an appointment with a doctor who has been trained in hearing health.


4. Hearing Loss Can’t Be Treated

As modern medicine continues to improve, new procedures and treatments are being developed to treat hearing impaired people.

There are plenty of options to choose from, depending on your specific level of impairment, such as hearing aids, surgery, medication and other possibilities.


5. Hearing Loss in One Ear Isn’t a Big Deal

Since your “good” ear will be working overtime to compensate for the one that is impaired, you might not even realize there’s a problem with the other ear.

Talk to your doctor about making sure your “better ear” isn’t affected by your hearing loss.


When In Doubt, Go Check It Out

Some people tell themselves that "it" will get better on its own.

Your good health is your most valuable possession. When in doubt, go check it out.

Do right by yourself and always visit a qualified Healthcare Professional to get their informed opinion about the true state of your health.


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