Hearing loss myths, debunked
Posted on Apr 24, 2018
Listen up – it's time to face the facts. Hearing loss is more common than you think – it actually affects one in six Australians around the country1. Instead of listening to old wives tales and myths, the team at HEARINGLife wants to clear up any misconceptions surrounding hearing loss. The more educated a nation, the more we all understand how to better protect our hearing.
Myth: Only older people need to worry about hearing loss.
Fact: Although 50 – 60 per cent of people in Australia aged 60 and over have some form of hearing loss2, it doesn't mean that the younger population lives free of cognitive conditions. Around 12,000 children are reported to live with some degree of hearing loss, with one in every 1000 babies – on average – being diagnosed every day3. In the 15 – 51 age bracket, a total of 5 per cent of this group lives with hearing loss, according to Access Economics4.
Although hearing loss already affects many, these figures are only set to rise. By 2050, one in four people are expected to live with hearing loss, according to Hearnet 1.
Myth: Hearing loss can be cured.
Fact: Although we wish this to be true, unfortunately there is no cure for hearing loss. Once the tiny and vital inner hair cells become damaged, they do not have the capacity to regenerate.
Myth: Hearing loss isn't a big deal.
Fact: Untreated hearing loss can have a detrimental effect on a person's life. Many symptoms include frustration, depression and withdrawal from social situations, leading to lost friendships and family issues. Instead of ignoring your hearing loss, speak to the experts at HEARINGLife and discover how treating your issues is a step in the right direction.
Myth: Most hearing problems can't be helped.
Fact: As we get older, our hearing abilities do decrease, which often cannot be helped. However, a range of preventable factors such as smoking, diet, high BMI and diabetes can also impact our hearing?. One of the most common causes of hearing loss is overexposure to loud noises, otherwise known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). This makes up around 37 per cent of reported cases in Australia alone1.
NIHL can be prevented by keeping noise levels below 85 decibels (dB) and wearing ear plugs which can reduce noise levels by 15 – 30 dBs.
Myth: Hearing aids are obvious and unattractive.
Fact: Hearing aids have evolved wonderfully over the years thanks to improved technologies and science. HEARINGLife stocks a broad range of different styles and sizes to suit all needs. Our Oticon Opn TM receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) model is one of the most advanced hearing aids around. Here, wearers can enjoy 30 per cent better speech understanding and superior sound quality even in challenging environments.
Myth: Hearing aids are only for people with major hearing loss.
Fact: You don't have to wait until your hearing completely vanishes before wearing hearing aids. Hearing loss encompasses the loss of certain sounds, no matter how many or few. Hearing aids work to amplify any lost sounds and enhance the hearing you do have.
Hearing loss is an important and common condition affecting many Australians. Don't delay assessing your own hearing abilities, call the team at HEARINGlife on 1800 030 502 or click here to book your hearing check at no cost* today.
1 Hearnet, The Facts On Hearing Loss. Accessed October 2017
2The National Foundation for the Deaf, Age-related hearing loss. Accessed October 2017
3Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Fact List. Accessed October 2017
4Access Economics, Listen Hear! The economic impact and cost of hearing loss in Australia, February 2006.