Hearing loss can be a confusing experience that easily leaves one feeling discouraged, frustrated and isolated. October is Audiology Awareness Month, which means now is a great time to meet your local audiologist to learn about life-changing options that can help make for a better tomorrow.
Audiologists, including the experts at Southwest Idaho ENT, can diagnose hearing problems and recommend a treatment solution that best helps you or your loved ones. Let’s take a look at some of the more common misconceptions surrounding hearing loss.
Myth #1: Portable Audio Devices Don’t Play a Role
Think that cranking up the volume on your favorite song doesn’t have any consequences? Think again. Many people believe that listening to music or audio on a smartphone or other device won’t factor into hearing loss. According to the American Academy of Audiology, the truth is that more than 1.1 billion people are at risk of serious hearing loss from improper device use.
That’s why audiologists recommend you limit your use of these devices when possible or keep the volume no higher than the halfway point. A lower volume means you can enjoy your music now and for many years to come.
Myth #2: Hearing Loss Only Affects Older People
One common misconception with hearing loss is that it affects only those who are 65 and older; the truth is, half of those who suffer from hearing loss are under the age of 65. Children and babies are also affected by hearing loss, with one in eight children ages 6-19 experiencing noise-induced hearing loss while six out of 1,000 babies are born with congenital loss.
Myth #3: Your Daily Life Won’t Be Impacted By Hearing Loss
You might think that a small loss in your ability to hear won’t affect your tasks, your mood and your day-to-day grind. Unfortunately, the truth is that a loss of hearing takes a toll on much more than your ability to hear well over time.
People who have untreated hearing loss might become excluded from conversations or events. They may also experience feelings of loneliness, isolation, frustration and depression as the condition progresses.
And the depression from those resulting feelings can pack a punch. If you’ve ever felt frustrated in a conversation with family, found yourself socializing less or avoiding meeting new people, now is a great time to get a hearing test.
Your audiologist can help guide you through these tough times. To learn more about the truths of hearing loss or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist, call Southwest Idaho ENT today.