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WORKINGS OF THE HUMAN EAR

What You Should Know

 

As your child matures through life from a young child to adulthood, their hearing situation remains the same.

Once you have acknowledge the hearing loss, you decide to do something about it.

But before you even research the subject, you start receiving advice – solicited and unsolicited – from family and friends, and even medical personnel. (See When Hearing Loss Occurs.)

Some of this advice and information is accurate, but a large amount of misinformation has been circulated over the years. Listed below are some incorrect statements and corrected information to help you and other family members become more educated on hearing loss.

MYTH: A Mild Hearing Loss Is Nothing To Be Concerned About.

 

FACT: Although you may think that you are not missing important information and seem to be managing, you may not realize that your family and friends are frustrated and that you have begun to feel left out.

Not only should you be concerned about your hearing loss, you should do something about it.

MYTH: You Will Be The First Person To Notice That You Have A Hearing Loss.

 

FACT: Because hearing loss often occurs gradually, you may not notice it at first. Family members and co-workers often are the first to notice that you need to have questions repeated or that the television is to loud.

 

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Is Normal For Your Age.

 

FACT: Hearing loss is not normal at any age; however, hearing loss is more prevalent among older adults than in the general population. Currently, approximately one-third of the population older than sixty-five has some degree of hearing loss.

 

MYTH: You Have A Sensorineural Hearing Loss (nerve deafness) And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It.

 

FACT: Most hearing losses can be helped with amplification and assistive listening devices. A majority of people with nerve deafness hear better by wearing hearing aids. 

This form of hearing loss is not correctable with surgery. Conductive hearing loss, however, is often correctable medically or surgically.

 

MYTH: You Would Understand People If You Listened More Carefully.

 

FACT: Although paying attention, watching the speaker’s lips, and observing body language can help you understand the message, no amount of careful listening can make you understand what you can’t hear clearly.

 

If you have a hearing loss, you need to acknowledge it and see a trained hearing healthcare professional for an evaluation to determine if you would benefit from a hearing aid.

 

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Is Not Bad Enough For A Hearing Aid.

 

FACT: Everyone’s  hearing loss is different. Some hard of hearing people hear well on the telephone; others have difficulty. Some have no problem in a quiet one-on-one situation, but have difficulty in a nosy or group setting.

 

You must determine the degree of difficulty you are having, and together with a trained hearing healthcare professional, determine your need for a hearing aid.

 

MYTH: A Hearing Aid Will Correct Your Hearing.

 

FACT: A  hearing aid may be helpful, but not a cure for hearing loss. Hearing aids are not like eyeglasses; they cannot correct or restore hearing to normal levels, but they will make sounds louder.

 

If your hearing loss can be helped with a hearing aid, then an appropriately prescribed and fitted hearing aid should make your hearing and understanding abilities better, and in turn, improve your quality of life.

 

MYTH: A Hearing Aid Will Damage Your Hearing.

 

FACT: A hearing aid will not damage your hearing.

 

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Is Not Bad Enough For Two Hearing Aids.

 

FACT: We normally hear with two ears; therefore, most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with one.

 

MYTH: Behind-The-Ear Hearing Aids Old Fashioned; You Will Do Much Better With The Newer In-The-Ear Hearing Aids.

 

FACT: Behind-the-ear hearing aids are as ‘State of the Art’ as-in-the-ear hearing aids. Some include features not found in the smaller hearing aids, and a particular feature may be important for you.

 

You should work closely with  your hearing health care provider to ensure that the aid you get is appropriate for your particular needs. Function, not appearance, is the crucial consideration.

MYTH: You Should Have Your Hearing Tested In Your Own Home Where You Spend Most Of Your Time.

 

FACT: The hearing test should be conducted in a sound-proof room in order to provide the most accurate results. 

The information gleaned from the test is used to select the most appropriate hearing aid for your individual hearing loss.

Only individuals confined to a bed for health reasons should have hearing test in other sites such as their home.

 

MYTH: You Can Save A Lot Of Money Buying A Hearing Aid Through The Mail.

 

FACT: When you buy a hearing aid, you not only are buying a piece of equipment, you are buying the service of a hearing health care provider in your locality.

 

Unlike eyeglasses, hearing aids require a longer period of adjustment and often modifications that can only be made by trained personnel.  The wrong hearing aid, or one that is not fitted properly, can be worse than no hearing aid at all.

 

MYTH: Your Hearing Loss Will Not Change In The Future.

 

FACT: No one can predict the future. Your hearing  loss may remain stable for the rest of your life, or it may change slowly and progressively or suddenly and dramatically.

 

MYTH: Learn To Speech read (lipread) And You Will Understand Just Fine.

 

FACT: Many people benefit from taking speechreading lessons; however speechreading is not a substitute for hearing aids, but a complement to them.

Research studies have found that only about three out of ten words can be speech read clearly, only about 30 to 40 percent of speech is visible, and many words that are visible look the same on the lips (for example, ‘pat’ and ‘bat’, ‘see’ and ‘tea’.

AMERICAN COALITION OF CITIZENS WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES

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This national nonprofit group, founded in 1974 by the directors of about 150 disabilities groups, was the only one of its kind directed by disabled people.

Because AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE and English have very different structures, styles and syntax, the English comprehension and writing levels of deaf people may appear pathological when in fact they are normal.

Standardized test are also culturally biased, as the tests are given in the context of the hearing experience, which may in many respects be different from the deaf experience.

Consequently, the results often yield erroneous information about psychologically healthy deaf individuals.

For this reason, a number of psychological and personally test have been translated  by Dr. Brauer into American Sign Language on videotape as part of Gallaudet University Mental Health Research Program.

According to Dr. Brauer, preliminary findings suggest normal profiles for most deaf individuals tested.

 

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12 comments on “Hearing Loss | Myths And Facts”

  • Hi Ronald
    It is really a very good post about hearing loss, I’m getting old, middle sixty, I’m beginning to observe some hearing loss symptoms. I have tried to search the net for some hearing aids, but unfortunately, it was very confusing for me, until I reached your post. It clears many hearing loss aspects for me. I appreciate your advice about getting local help because as you said, hearing aids require a longer period of adjustment and often modifications that can only be made by trained personnel.
    Thanks for sharing the post, it meant a great help for me.

    • Hi amin, thanks for checking in. I really appreciate that and I’m glad you found some value in my post. when you mentioned your age, it made me think about myself. Sounds like we’re both around the same age but, Thank God, I’ve yet to experience any issues with my hearing. At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.

      Amin, there are facts that about 20 percent of Americans, (48 million), report some degree of hearing loss. (sometimes this is over-looked by many and their issue gets worse). 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. (amin, think about your environment and work career in past years. Maybe your problems were just starting then).

      It’s great that you decided to contact a hearing specialist in your state to assist you with any hearing issues you may have. Some people don’t realize how important their hearing is until it’s too late.

      Amin, please share my post and url on your social media page. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  • Any bodily changes you feel are usually symptoms. This means that there is an underlying cause or effect related to what you are experiencing. Even small changes in how you feel should not be disregarded. As these small nuisances or unusual sensations may be related to serious ailments.

    With regard to hearing loss, you are spot on. Never let it go unabated. Check with the doctor immediately if you notice symptoms.

    • Your right, Paulo. Many individuals ignore signals their body is throwing out. Something minor usually turn into something major if not taken care of right away. Just like signs of hearing loss, this becomes a major problem if not treated early. Thanks Paulo for your input.

  • Hi, Roland!
    I love the way you write and explain things! It’s a plain, cohesive way of mentioning important things! The problem is that many of us do not recognise the need of correcting our hearing! These days i am facing a problem with my daughter. She is 3 years old and she doesn’t speak well. She uses some words but in her own way! I can’t give you an example since i am greek and my daughter makes noisy in greek words. We had an appointment with a child psycologist and we realised that there is something wrong with her hearing! She is in therapy now since she had fluid in her ears so she couldn’t hear well so she couldn’t speak well too! Why am i say all these things?
    Because i think that your site is very useful for all of us to understand the meaning of hearing in our lifes!
    Best wishes,
    Rebecca!

    • Thank you for commenting, Rebecca. My name is Ronald and thank you for sharing your story about your little daughter. It’s good, that as a parent, you were able to recognize the problem regarding her hearing; and took early action. This is major problem among young children in our society. And it becomes an even greater problem for the child if the parents don’t take action. I applaud you for your awareness in taking action. Let me know if I could be of any further assistance to you. Also share my site with others.

  • Hi Ronald,
    Thank you for the informative and detailed article. Do you know what could be the reasons for hearing loss? I guess it could happen because of some illness, some genetic issue, because of age – is there anything else? Can someone experience hearing loss if noone in family has had this problem?

    • Hi Arta, how are you? Thank you for commenting. The reason’s for hearing loss that I listed on my page pretty much covers the main reasons most people will experience this. Besides just old age in adults, many children experience hearing loss through infections or at birth. It’s pretty rare for a child to experience hearing difficulties if the parents or no immediate family member has a history of hearing loss. Unless you know your family roots very well, it’s hard to trace back to where the hearing issue’s originated. I hope this helped.

      If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, share my site with others.

  • I enjoyed reading your article and found the myths quite interesting. I know my dad had his hearing test done at home but that was probably because of the convenience as he was elderly.
    He often had problems with his hearing aids and the batteries were always running out. Perhaps they are of better quality now but I do remember the cost of his aids were in the thousands! This is in the UK.
    One question though; I have tinnitus which does impair my hearing I think. Will a hearing aid just make it worse. Can tinnitus be cured or improved in any way do you know? A great piece of information thanks. Ches

    • Hi Ches

      Sorry for the delay getting back to. My computer went down and that sent me through a whirlwind of changes. Had to grab a backup. So to answer your question regarding tinnitus, tinnitus is an ear problem that has not been clearly understood according to the ATA (American Tinnitus Assoc.) Tinnitus is usually bought on by loud noises, head injuries, or increased ear wax blockage.

      Can tinnitus be cured? No, but the effects of tinnitus, like the ringing in the ear which is an internal sound, may be lessened through the use of an hearing aid. I hope this helped. Did I answer all your questions? Feel free to contact me if i can assist you further. Also, share this site with anyone you feel it may help.

  • I agree with you on a number of points, but for me the profound point is that we all should be concerned about a hearing loss, regardless of our age, even though older folks are more prone to lose their hearing. The information about reading lips is new to me. I just assumed more persons could read lips, if they wanted to learn.

    • Thanks Josephine for your comments.You would think the older population would be more quicker to experience hearing loss than its younger generation. But as you mentioned anyone’s hearing could be at risk at anytime. As far as communicating goes, most educators would be more into learning sign language for better communication than reading lips. Some would prefer both. Mastering two skills is more useful than one. All around communication is ‘Key’

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