Hearing loss is no longer an uncommon disability from which people suffer. It can be easy to get the facts mixed up with myths regarding this condition. To help you better understand hearing loss, we’ve explored the three most common hearing loss misconceptions.
Myth 1: Hearing loss only affects the older population
Hearing loss is no longer reserved as a disability for those who fall in the older age bracket. It is true that some forms of hearing loss are contributed to by ageing, but being young doesn’t mean you are exempt from developing or experiencing hearing loss symptoms.
Hearing loss can strike at any time. According to the Better Health Channel, around 22 per cent of Australians suffer from some form of hearing loss, regardless of age.
Myth 2: Mild hearing loss is nothing to worry about
If you suffer from mild hearing loss, it would be wise not to ignore it. Even mild hearing loss can have an impact on your everyday activities. Sounds and speech can become indistinct, and softer consonants can be more difficult to hear. This will affect your ability to communicate and listen.
It is always best to address a hearing problem sooner rather than later. Any form of hearing loss can make life a little less enjoyable – and that's something no one wants. Fortunately, there are many different types of hearing aids to suit any lifestyle. If you think you are experiencing the signs of hearing loss, you should see a qualified hearing technician. They will help you find the best solution for your needs and have you living your life to the fullest.
Myth 3: Hearing loss is obvious
You may think you would be able to notice hearing loss, but it can be a gradual process that develops over time. Damage to your hearing may not be obvious and you may not notice the development of symptoms right away.
If you find yourself talking too loudly, or turning up the television louder when everyone else in the room can hear it just fine, then it may be time for a hearing test.
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