Hearing Loss: Facts vs Myths


Niamh Harnett


When it comes to hearing loss there are an abundance of myths and misconceptions to contend with. The important thing is that we can tell the difference between a hearing loss fact and a hearing loss myth.

Here are some of the most common ones we have heard:

Myth 1: Hearing loss only impacts your hearing.

When we think of hearing loss, we often think only the ears are affected, however that is not the case. Research has proven that hearing loss left untreated can lead to an increase in cognitive decline and your risk of developing diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. The reason for this is known as the ‘cognitive load’ which is the constant effort people with hearing loss need to understand and hear what people are saying, which puts great pressure on the brain. Breakthrough in research has suggested that hearing aids can help to combat this cognitive decline.

Myth 2: Only older people experience hearing loss.

Although age is a factor in hearing loss, it is not the only one. We can experience hearing loss at all stages of our lives and for many different reasons. The volume of our TV or music can cause hearing loss, our work environment can also play a part and some hearing loss can even be unexplained. At all stages of our lives, it is important to take care of our hearing and as we get older, we should regularly get our ears tested.

Myth 3: Hearing aids only make things louder, not clearer.

The expert audiologists at Wholesale Hearing are specially trained in each hearing aid and understand extremely well the difference between volume and clarity. Clarity is king when it comes to hearing aids. No matter how loud something is if it is not clear…it’s not worth it.

Once you provide the details of your hearing test our audiologists fine tune each hearing aid with ultimate care and expertise.

Myth 4: Hearing aids are unattractive and old fashioned.

When people first begin considering hearing aids, they have a lot of preconceived notions in their heads. They remember old, clunky devices that caused more hassle than they were worth.

Hearing technology has advanced so that hearing aids are now slim, sleek, and incredibly powerful. Boasting features like Bluetooth and impressive charge capacities today’s hearing aids are examples of world class design. Not to mention these hearing aids are now built with the different types of hearing loss in mind, so that whether your hearing loss is mild, moderate, or severe, there is a tailored solution for you.

If you need help choosing the right hearing aid for your level of hearing loss or you would like more information please contact us and we would be delighted to help.
You can also email us at info@wholesalehearing.co.uk or by phoning 0333 320 7372.

We are happy to help you find a provider close to you, no matter where you are in the world. 

You may also be interested in our article on hearing aid prices, and how to make sure you get what you pay for. 

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