If you already know that you have hearing loss, then it wouldn’t be any surprise that it affects your quality of life. However, many people don’t even realize that they have hearing loss and that is what is causing their communication issues that happen with various people every day. A recent article from vaildaily.com explains that in many cases, getting a better understanding of hearing loss can help people make those first steps towards doing something about it and getting a hearing assessment.
Facts About Hearing Loss
When people with hearing loss learn of how prevalent hearing loss is, it often puts them at east and convinces them to do something about it. Consider these facts from the Hearing Loss Association of America:
- 48 million adults (20% of Americans) report some degree of hearing loss.
- Hearing loss is the 3rd most common ailment. It follows heart disease and arthritis.
There are 4 levels of hearing loss:
- Mild hearing loss
- Moderate hearing loss
- Severe hearing loss
- Profound hearing loss
Unintended Consequences of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is almost always something that happens gradually over time. As a result, most people don’t recognize it since it is something they slowly get used to little by little. In addition to that, it seems that many do not seek treatment because of misconceptions or a stigma associated with hearing loss. When hearing loss goes untreated, there are many unintended consequences that can impact your daily quality of life. Communication is such a vital part of life and it is greatly compromised when one can’t hear well. It makes interactions with others strained, difficult, and even awkward.
Breaking the Hearing Loss Stigma and Dispelling Myths
Hearing is often thought of as something that only affects “old people” and hearing aids of old have given them a bad reputation. However, hearing loss affects anyone, no matter the age and is even becoming more prevalent among younger generations due to noise-induced hearing loss. The latest hearing aid models are not what you might have grown up thinking they are. They don’t whistle or make hearing worse. Instead, they are highly sophisticated devices that can help you hear, even in the most challenging situations and can connect to other technology and entertainment devices too.
Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again
At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY including: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville.