Here in the first, of a series of blogs, Alex Andrews BSc (Hons), MSc. (Our audiologist from The Hearing Care partnership) clears up some common myths about hearing loss:


Myths about hearing loss are widespread and can lead to misunderstandings about the condition. Here I deal with some common myths:

  • Hearing loss only affects the elderly: False! While it’s true that age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is common among older adults, hearing loss can affect people of all ages. Hearing impairment in children and young adults can be caused by other things such as loud noises, genetic factors, infections, and medical conditions.


  • Hearing loss is not a significant health issue: False! Hearing loss is often underestimated or dismissed as an inconvenience, but it is a legitimate health concern. Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, cognitive decline, depression, and reduced overall quality of life.


  • Hearing loss is the same for everyone: False! Hearing loss can manifest differently depending on its cause and severity. Some people may have difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds, while others may struggle with low frequencies or experience overall volume reduction.


  • Hearing loss is always noticeable: False! Not all hearing loss is immediately obvious. Some individuals may have mild or moderate hearing loss that is not obvious in casual interactions but can still affect their daily life and communication.


  • Hearing loss is a sign of old age or decline: False! Hearing loss is a medical condition that can affect people of any age, and it is not indicative of intellectual decline or diminished mental capacity.


  • Hearing loss cannot be prevented: False! Many cases can be prevented or minimized by protecting your ears from loud noises, practicing good ear hygiene, and seeking early treatment for any ear-related issues. However, it’s true that some types of hearing loss are unavoidable due to genetic factors or certain medical conditions.



If you are concerned about any element of your hearing, please book an appointment with Alex for a free hearing assessment at Nicholson Eyecare today: 01425687357


Or Book online:  https://booking.thcp.co.uk/?practice=bransgore

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