As it is not always obvious when people have hearing loss, and it is not often discussed, hearing loss is often referred to as an “invisible disability,”
Research has shown that:
- Only 1 in 5 people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually use one.
- People with hearing loss may wait up to 10 years before they do something about it.
The reason for this seems to be the stigma that hearing loss carries. People associate hearing loss with getting old or visualize having to wear hearing aids which they perceive as ugly.
There are a lot of myths regarding hearing loss.
It is important to be open about hearing loss and how it can affect people’s lives, both positively and negatively. In order to breakdown the stigma of hearing loss, there are 9 myths regarding hearing loss which you should know .
- You tell yourself you would know if you had hearing loss.
- You tell yourself it is not worth the trouble to improve your hearing.
- You convince yourself that hearing aids wouldn’t make a difference.
- You feel if you are hearing impaired, you should just turn up the volume.
- You decide that hearing aids won’t work for you.
- You tell yourself hearing aids are ugly.
- You feel hearing aids with make you look and feel old.
- You tell yourself you can save money by just getting one hearing aid.
- You feel hearing aids are too expensive.