It’s time to put to rest a few misconceptions about hearing loss:
Hearing Loss Is No Big Deal: Too often people with early signs of hearing loss say it’s no big deal and they procrastinate getting it checked. Hearing loss is a very big deal! It can impact our physical, social, mental and emotional wellbeing. It has been linked to increasing the risk for cognitive issues ranging from mild impairment to dementia. It can also lead to a decrease in socialization (isolation), loneliness, anxiety, and depression if left untreated – all precursors for more serious health risks. If you or a loved one show signs of hearing loss, quickly get an appointment with a hearing care professional.
Hearing Loss Is Inevitable: Hearing loss is not an inevitable part of growing old. While it is more common among older adults, it’s not inevitable. Sometimes hearing loss in seniors can be noise induced or a host of other causes besides just old age. Fact is, there are more people in the US under the age of 65 with hearing loss than there are over 65. Regardless of your age, it’s critical that we all are sensitive to and aware of our hearing health.
Hearing Aids Make Me Look Old: The stereotype that hearing aids are for old people is foolish, and a thing of the past! Hearing aids have become so small and high tech that they are widely accepted, even embraced, by people of all ages. The thing that really makes someone look old is having to continually ask people to repeat themselves or becoming less socially engaged to avoid the frustration of face-to-face or telephone conversations. Staying socially engaged is the key, so don’t shy away from hearing aids due to some outdated stereotype!
Hearing Aids Are Hard to Deal With: Wearing hearing aids is much easier than dealing with poor hearing. Some people delay treatment based on the false assumption that hearing aids are more challenging than hearing loss itself. Sure it may take a few weeks to get used to wearing a hearing instrument, but the reality is, missing out on the conversations around you is much more difficult than wearing a hearing aid.
Conclusion: Don’t procrastinate seeking treatment if you detect signs of hearing loss. Proactively do whatever it takes to protect and care for your hearing. Hearing loss, left untreated, can literally separate you the people you love and the things you enjoy doing.
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.
Written By Jeff Bradford, Sr. Mktg. Director