There are many misconceptions and stereotypes associated with hearing loss, which often prevents people from seeking treatment.
Many people believe that hearing loss is a sign of old age. Hearing degrades over time, making it more likely to manifest in old age, but it is not exclusive to the elderly. Recent trends suggest that hearing loss is now affecting more and more younger people, thanks to the regular use of headsets and earbuds.
Another rampant misconception is that all hearing loss is the same. Hearing loss varies from mild to severe, depending on its cause and treatment. Types of hearing loss include:
- Sensorineural: hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear, hair cells, or nerve pathways to the brain.
- Conductive: caused by a problem transferring sound through the outer and middle ear due to blockages, tumors, or fluid build-up.
Depending on the situation, a hearing loss may be permanent or reversible.
The misinformation about hearing aid capabilities explains why only 1 out of 5 people with hearing loss seeks treatment. The stigma attached to hearing aids is a result of improper fittings and outdated devices.
Today’s digital processing and technological advancements mean hearing aids do more than clarify sound. They offer wireless connectivity, sleek designs, and directional mics, so they’re more like small computers.
Four out of 5 hearing aid users report that this technology improves their hearing and quality of life, and would recommend hearing aids to family and friends. Do yourself a favor: don’t write off hearing aids before you’ve given them a fair chance.
Hearing loss in popular culture
The false association of deafness and limited mental capacity can be traced to phrases like “deaf and dumb” or “deaf-mute.” These words create a false narrative of a person’s mental capacity when the hearing loss may not affect an individual’s learning ability at all.
Films and TV shows have suffered a lack of accurate hearing loss representation. But now films, and even children’s toys, are becoming more inclusive and representing people with hearing loss of all ages and backgrounds.
Our promise to you
We aren’t going to box you in or put you in a category. You’re a unique individual, and you deserve to be treated as such. We promise that stereotypes and biases will not weigh in when you’re under our care. We start where all hearing professionals should, with you.
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