Myths About Hearing Aids

Otolaryngologist putting hearing aid in woman's ear onIf you are having trouble hearing, you may be reluctant to do anything about it because hearing aids have such negative connotations. However, there are many very good reasons why you should see a doctor right away if you have noticed hearing loss.

How hearing loss can affect you

For years, doctors have known about the negative effects that come with hearing problems. Hearing loss can affect your relationships, your health, and your quality of life. You may have trouble concentrating, which can make school or work difficult. You may decide it’s not worth it to leave your house anymore, as it is too much of a struggle to try to keep up with what people are saying to you, which can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression. Recent studies also show that this isolation may cause atrophy in the brain, contributing to dementia.

Common myths about hearing aids

It is said that people with hearing loss wait an average of 10 years before they do anything about it. Here are some reasons why they wait:

• “Getting hearing aids means I’m old.” Actually, hearing aids can help to keep you young, as you can stay involved in your favorite activities and interact with all of your favorite people without missing a thing!

• “Hearing aids are big and ugly.” Technology has come a long way since the big, bulky hearing aids you remember your grandpa wearing. Some of them are so small that no one can even tell you are wearing them.

• “Hearing aids are hard to use.” Yes, it may take a while before you are a hearing aid pro, but the longer you wear them, the easier they will be to use.

The truth is that there is no downside to using hearing aids, and they can make a big difference in your quality of life. If you have noticed that you aren’t hearing as well as you used to, don’t wait. You may not even realize how your hearing loss is affecting you and your loved ones. Contact Lakeside Allergy ENT in Rockwall, Forney, or Wylie for an audiology consultation. Call (972) 771-5443 today!

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