There are lots of myths and misunderstandings about hearing loss which can prevent those who suffer from receiving the right treatment.
To help increase our understanding of hearing loss, we have debunked some of the more common and prevailing myths about hearing loss below:
Conductive hearing loss – when sounds are unable to pass freely to the inner ear. Usually the result of a blockage in the outer or middle ear, e.g. wax build-up, fluid from an ear infection. Also caused by an abnormality in the structure of the outer/middle ear or ear canal.
Sensorineural hearing loss – caused by damage to the cochlea hair cells and/or the hearing nerve. Damage can occur naturally as part of ageing, but can also be caused/exacerbated by exposure to loud noises, diseases (e.g. Rubella), complications at birth etc…
Myth #1 – If I had a hearing impairment I would know about it
The truth is that hearing loss tends be gradual, and the signs can be very subtle at first. We also have an in-built ability to adapt, so self-diagnosing a hearing problem can be difficult.
Myth #2 – Living with hearing loss is no big deal
Wrong. Hearing loss can have a huge impact on your everyday life. Psychological effects like frustration, social withdrawal and depression are common – even for those with mild hearing impairment.
Myth #3 – I can get my hearing loss treated with minor surgery
Although some types of hearing loss can be treated with medical or surgical intervention, this only applies to between 5-10% of adults.
Myth #4 – I may have one bad ear, but the other works perfectly fine
Almost all patients who believe they have one ‘good’ ear actually have two ‘bad’ ears – it’s just that one is worse than the other. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and about 90% of patients are in need of hearing aids for both ears.
Myth #5 – Hearing loss only affects ‘old’ people
Not true. Only about 35% of people who suffer from hearing loss are over the age of 64. Hearing loss can affect all age groups.
Myth #6 – My hearing loss cannot be treated
In the past it may have been true that there was nothing that could be done to help your hearing loss. Today, though, almost all patients with some form of hearing loss can be helped to some extent by hearing aids.
Myth #7 – Only people with serious hearing loss need hearing aids
Hearing aids work by amplifying sounds, so can help anyone who has a form of hearing loss – however mild it is.
Myth #8 – Hearing aids will make everything too loud
As hearing aids are essentially amplifiers, it used to be the case that the wearer would have to turn up the volume to hear soft speech – which would mean normal conversation would then be too loud. Nowadays, though, hearing aids are much more intuitive and can control the level of sound automatically. Indeed, many of them don’t even have volume controls any more.
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