Myth vs. fact: Check your hearing IQ
Posted January 7, 2016
MYTH: I’m not old enough to have hearing loss.
FACT: Only 35% of the hearing-impaired population is over age 64, and there are many factors that can lead to hearing loss. An estimated 15% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to exposure to noise.
MYTH: If I had hearing loss, my doctor would have told me.
FACT: Only about 14% of primary care physicians screen for hearing loss.
MYTH: My hearing loss can’t be treated.
FACT: Nearly 95% of people with a sensorineural hearing loss (the most common type) can be helped with hearing aids.
MYTH: I can get by just fine without hearing aids.
FACT: It’s not just your hearing that’s at risk. Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss with social isolation, as well as an increased risk for depression, dementia and other health problems.
MYTH: Hearing aids are too big and conspicuous.
FACT: Untreated hearing loss is usually more noticeable to other people than actual hearing aids in the ears. Plus, advances in micro-technology have resulted in hearing aids that are virtually invisible when worn.
If you're concerned about your hearing, talk to your primary care provider. You can check the hearing benefits you have from Fallon by logging into myFallon and clicking on My Benefits.
This article was printed with permission from Amplifon, from their December 2015 newsletter.
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