The great thing about the internet is having thousands of articles' worth of information right at your fingertips. The bad thing about the internet, however, is that those thousands of articles may or may not be true. Differentiating the myths about hearing aids from the actual truths can be hard and labor-intensive – but there are some basic myths (and some interesting truths) that you should know about if you or a loved one wear a hearing aid. So if you're interested in learning, rather than sifting through information, then here's what you need to know.
Only Elderly People Get Hearing Loss: MYTH
Not even close – it turns out that a whopping 65% of those with hearing loss are under the age of 65. No matter what your age – or if you feel like you're not "old enough" to have reduced hearing – you should always be open to the choice of hearing assistance.
Not Hearing Is Bad For Your Mental Health: TRUTH
Not being able to hear the conversations going on around you is not only really, really annoying, but can degrade your mental health. If you can't hear, you can't get involved in human situations, which can lead to you isolating yourself and even to clinical depression. In order to keep your brain happy and at its peak of functionality, you'll need hearing aids, which can help you absorb yourself in other's concerns and stories – or at least be able to groan with everyone else when someone makes a bad pun.
Hearing Aids Are Only For Those With Really Bad Hearing: MYTH
The fact of the matter is that the longer you put off going in for a hearing aid consultation and fitting, the more of your hearing you'll lose permanently – because you can't get back hearing you've lost. Going in as soon as you start noticing your hearing loss ensures that your hearing aids won't have to be so powerful and that you can start hearing like you used to right away. If you wait until you're practically deaf, the hearing aids will only be able to help so much, and you'll probably become a danger to yourself and others (such as an inability to hear a horn blare in traffic).
Hearing Aids Can Fight Off Dementia: TRUTH
Strange as it may seem at first glance, scientists have really found that the simple act of wearing the hearing aids you have (or getting the hearing aids you need) can help to ward off dementia. Hearing aids allow you to understand and participate in conversation, which, doctors are finding, is an important step in slowing (or even preventing entirely) the development of dementia in your brain. Thus, when tested, elderly people who wore hearing aids performed better on cognitive tests than those who refused to wear hearing aids – even when the aid-wearing subjects' hearing was the more severely impaired.
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2 June 2016
Hello, welcome to my site. I am Ritchie. I am here to discuss ENT specialist care practices with you all. When I developed a constant ringing in one ear that progressed to partial deafness, I was referred to an ENT for an evaluation. The diagnostic process revealed damage in my ear that was repairable with surgery. The ENT performed the surgical repairs and guided me through the recovery process. I would like to use this site to explore other medical conditions that ENT specialists can diagnose and treat. I will also talk about the surgical treatments used for certain medical conditions affecting the ear, nose or throat.