There are numerous misconceptions regarding hearing loss. I would like to address several of them.
- Only old people have hearing loss. False! While hearing loss is more prevalent in the older generation, anyone can have hearing loss. Some babies are born with hearing loss. Some hearing loss is genetic, some caused by ototoxic medications. Some hearing loss comes from loud noise, some from physical conditions.
- Misconceptions about noise induced hearing loss. I often hear from people who worked in factories long before hearing protection was offered, why protect hearing now? Hearing loss is not a one and done deal. It is cumulative. I counsel daily about using ear protection when mowing the yard or weed whacking, using skill saws or chain saws. Keep the music down, too. Especially if using ear buds or air pods. While we cannot prevent age related hearing loss, you cannot afford to lose hearing from something that you have control over!
- Hearing loss only affects your ears. False! Studies suggest that hearing loss can actually increase your risk of cognitive decline, dementia, falls, social isolation and depression – not one of these risks relate exclusively to your ears!
- Hearing loss does not need to be treated. False! Read number 3 above. Treating hearing loss can lead to improved communication ability and a better quality of life. Wearing hearing aids may help to mask tinnitus. Hearing aids keep the brain stimulated, which can help slow cognitive decline. Use of hearing aids can allow us to communicate with much less effort.
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