As hearing health professionals, we’ve heard the oldest objections in the book to hearing aids and treating hearing loss. The stigmas carried by hearing loss and hearing aids are often outdated and untrue. Treating hearing loss early and effectively can help improve your hearing and prevent long-term damage to your ears.
Below, we debunk some of the most common myths we’ve heard inside our clinic walls.
1. “Hearing loss is only for old people.”
This is one of the most common myths we hear, so we can’t debunk it loudly enough: hearing loss is not limited to the elderly. Sixty-five percent of people affected by hearing loss are under 65.
2. “When I absolutely need a hearing aid, I’ll get one.”
Hearing loss is a major public health issue, the third most common physical condition (after arthritis and heart disease), and it worsens gradually over time. For many, it takes up to seven years after the first signs of hearing loss to finally get treatment. Addressing your hearing loss early is the best way to prevent long-term damage and improve your quality of life.
3. “You can save money by buying a hearing aid from the store.”
Hearing aids are not one size fits all and store-bought aids can damage your ears. They are not easy to adjust or customize, leading to an uncomfortable fit. In addition, they are often outdated compared to today’s technological standards. Although the initial cost may be less, the poor quality and fit frustrate most users and eventually become a useless investment.
If you’re interested in hearing aids for you or a loved one, seeing a professional is your safest bet. At Concept, we have a range of solutions customized to the needs of our patients. We also provide many services rarely provided with store-bought aids such as:
- Complimentary hearing screening
- Custom fit for comfort and programmed for specific hearing needs
- 2-5 year warranties
- Free lifetime maintenance service
- Low-cost replacement fees if lost
- Trade-in programs so you can upgrade to the latest technology
4. “I can get surgery for my hearing loss.”
While surgical procedures can be effective for children and young adults, only seven percent of adults can correct hearing loss with surgery.
5. “If I suffer from hearing loss, my doctor would have already told me.”
Only 14% of physicians check their patients for hearing loss during yearly physicals and not by the necessary testing needed to properly diagnose hearing loss. Moreover, doctor’s offices are typically quiet so it can be difficult for a physician to recognize if a patient is suffering from hearing loss.
If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to see a professional to get a hearing test and discuss your treatment options.