When it comes to hearing loss many people have preconceived ideas about who experiences it, what it means, and how it can affect day-to-day life. In fact, hearing loss is potentially one of the most misunderstood conditions. So, here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions behind hearing loss and the truth behind them.

Hearing loss is only experienced by the elderly

This has to be one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to hearing loss. Many people wrongly associate hearing loss with old age when the fact remains that hearing loss can and does occur at any age. What is more, it is not uncommon for hearing loss to occur in children. Of course, the likelihood of experiencing hearing loss will increase with age, but lifestyle factors and genetics can also contribute to hearing loss, regardless of your age.

You don’t need a hearing aid for mild hearing loss

Hearing loss can be experienced in a variety of ranges from mild to severe and contrary to popular belief, all ranges can be improved with the use of a hearing aid. If you are experiencing mild hearing loss but still feel able to go about your daily business, you may not feel you have a need for a hearing aid or that you will benefit from one. That said, leaving even mild hearing loss unchecked could result in it becoming harder for your audiologist to treat should the condition develop and change over time.

Additionally, you may have become so accustomed to your hearing ability that you may not even be aware of the sounds you are missing out on. Opting for a hearing aid could dramatically change the way you experience the world, without you even knowing it.

Hearing loss will not affect my health

Sadly, this is another myth, and many people do recognize the potential health impacts of leaving hearing loss untreated. The unavoidable fact remains that untreated hearing loss can increase a person’s risk of dementia, social isolation, falls, cognitive decline and even depression. The good news, however, is that research is indicating that wearing a hearing aid can not only reverse some of these conditions but can even prevent them from happening in the first place.

Hearing aids are complicated and uncomfortable

If it is decided that you will benefit from hearing aids then your audiologist will be able to talk you through not only the types of aids that are available but the ones that will suit you in terms of style, comfort, and of course, how user friendly they are. A hearing aid can be programmed based on your individual hearing requirements and lifestyle. What is more, they can automatically adjust to the different environments and listening requirements bought about by that environment. All you have to do is put them in your ears.

When it comes to comfort, as there are a variety of different styles of hearing aids available, you will be able to take your pick as to which device is most compatible with you and feel the most comfortable in or on your ear.