Myths are commonly shared views on a subject that may or may not have any validity to them. Just because your uncle Steve told you that hearing loss isn’t a big deal, doesn’t make it true. While small inaccuracies can be easily shaken off, it is hard to ignore when they position themselves as an expert. This is often the case when it comes to hearing loss.
Below are the worst myths we have heard about hearing loss.
1. While Annoying, Hearing Loss Won’t Hurt You
Many people think that hearing loss is confined to just that, a deficit in your ability to hear. But new research suggests that untreated hearing loss can lead to a number of other conditions, such as an increase in depression, cognitive decline and risk of falls. It has also been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia.
Now onto a more positive note – studies have also found there are a number of benefits to treating your hearing loss. One study found that participants saw improvements in their romance, sense of humor, mental, emotional and physical health. Roughly 40 percent also noted improvements in their sense of safety, self-confidence, feelings about self, sense of independence and work relationships.
2. Hearing Loss Only Affects Older People
Have you ever heard that you are too young to have hearing loss? If so, this is simply not true. While no one is denying that hearing loss is more common in those over the age of 65, it is by no means confined to that demographic. Out of every 1,000 children born, 2-3 of them are born deaf or hard of hearing. There are six million individuals between the ages of 18 and 44 and 65 percent of people with hearing loss are under the age of 65.
3. As Long as You Can Hear a Few Sounds You’re Fine
Some folks actually think as long as you can hear something, then everything is fine. As with every other medical condition, the earlier you treat a problem the better the results are. If you are at the point where you are noticing that you are missing sounds, you need to do something. Contacting your Cedar Park audiologist is the first step toward seeking treatment.
If you think you may be suffering from hearing loss, now is the time to get your facts straight. Go to the source and visit your Cedar Park hearing aid specialist.