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Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Facts

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Are you experiencing hearing loss? If you are, it's tempting to believe everything you read about your condition, as well as hearing aids and everything hearing-related. Sometimes, one 'fact' is enough to play on your mind and make you feel as if the problem is bigger than it is in reality. With that in mind, this post is here to list the hearing loss and hearing facts. That way, you can put the myths out of your brain.

Here's what people who experience hearing loss should understand.

Key facts about hearing loss

The critical fact to remember is that you're not alone – five percent of the world's population lives with hearing loss. Right now, that's over 400 million people. For most people who experience the condition, the fact that they are not alone is an inspiration. When others have dealt with hearing loss, it is easier to see how you will do the same.

The elderly aren't the only people to have hearing loss. According to the World Health Organization, over one billion people between the ages of 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss. And, almost two-thirds of the conditions in young people are preventable if treated quickly. So, it's vital not to assume there is an age limit. It's also important to speak to a hearing instrument specialist when you begin to notice the symptoms of hearing loss.

As a hearing instrument specialist, we understand that it is easy to chalk hearing loss up to old age or genetics. While these are two common causes of the condition, other factors impact hearing too. For example, complications at birth, drugs, and exposure to noise are factors. Therefore, it's vital to consider your surroundings and lifestyle when analyzing whether you are dealing with hearing loss.

Here are some more interesting hearing loss facts:

  • Hearing loss greater than 40 decibels is considered to impact lifestyle
  • 25 decibels or better in both ears is defined as 'normal' hearing
  • Hearing loss can range from mild to moderate, severe or profound
  • It can affect two ears, or each ear separately
  • The cost of untreated hearing loss is estimated at $750 billion

Key facts about hearing aids

A hearing aid or instrument is a tool to ease the loss. However, not everything you hear is factual.

They restore hearing

Hearing aids aren't cures. Instead, the devices use microphones and telecoils to pick up sounds and noises more effectively than your ears. As a result, the impact on your lifestyle has the potential to boost your mental health because participating in conversations is less stressful.

A hearing aid will damage your hearing

No, it won't, and neither will wearing it for a long time. Although instruments have the potential to be irritating, such as causing itching and general discomfort, they should fit snugly into your ears. One that is properly measured and fitted will help you to protect your hearing in the long-term.

They are inflexible

Don't let the horror stories where an overly loud hearing aid caused chaos. Yes, the volume can be turned up, depending on the environment. So, if you're in a busy public place with lots of background noise, you might want to turn it up a notch. But, this doesn't mean it only has one setting. A hearing aid is flexible because you can adjust the settings based on the situation, whether it's sat at home or going out in windy conditions.

Your doctor will tell you about hearing aids

A competent physician will spot the issue and refer you to a hearing instrument specialist. However, it's crucial not to use this as a barometer of hearing loss. Only 23% of adults have a screening for their hearing during a physical, which means 77% of people, and doctors, aren't aware of the issues. You should consult a HIS as soon as you spot the signs.

There's no treatment

There is no cure, but that doesn't mean there aren't any effective treatments. Hearing aids are excellent tools to treat hearing loss for one reason: over 90% of people with the condition can use instruments to aid their experience. As devices advance technologically, the list of sounds that aids can detect, the ones you wouldn't typically hear is getting longer and longer.

How to prevent hearing loss

There are several things you can do, and it starts with recognizing the signs. Hearing loss can escalate regardless of age or the cause, so it's essential to get treatment right away. Of course, you can speak to a qualified Ears 2 Hear team member if you require extra info.

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