There is plenty of misinformation floating around, both on the internet and from your friends and family. Below is some of the best worst advice we have ever received about hearing loss.
Only Older Folks Have Hearing Loss
While more common in the older population, hearing loss can occur at any age. According to your Boulder audiologist, nearly 48 million people in the US experience hearing loss. 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.
As Long As You Can Hear Some Sounds, You Are Fine
Many folks have an all-or-nothing approach to life, which leads to the idea that as long as you can hear sounds, your hearing loss is fine. This could not be further from the truth.
Hearing loss is so gradual that many people do not even realize they are experiencing it. As with any medical condition, the sooner you identify and treat it, the better the outcome. Do not wait until you are missing large chunks from conversations to seek help. As soon as you notice you are missing a word here or there, contact your Boulder audiologist.
While Annoying, Hearing Loss Won’t Hurt You
Hearing loss is often brushed aside as not being a real medical condition. In fact, most people wait an average of seven years before they seek help for their hearing loss. Would you wait that long before you saw a doctor for something that was bothering you? Probably not.
While most think of hearing loss as having only one symptom – not being able to hear – this is not the case. Researchers have linked untreated hearing loss with an increase in:
- Cognitive decline
- Risk of falls
On the other side of the coin, researchers also found that those who treated their hearing loss saw improvements in their:
- Sense of humor
- Mental health
- Emotional health
- Physical health
- Sense of safety
- Feelings about self
- Sense of independence
- Work relationships
Instead of trying to sort through the information by yourself, come to the source. Schedule an appointment for a hearing test with your Boulder audiologist today to get real information so you can make an informed decision about your hearing loss.