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Hearing Loss

Why It's Important to Treat Hearing Loss

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans know their hearing isn't as good as it used to be, but more than half of them have never gotten their hearing checked.

The most obvious reason to get help early is that hearing problems can get worse if you ignore them. Sometimes damage can be permanent. There are tiny hairs inside your ears that send sound waves to your brain. If those hairs are damaged, they will never grow back. And if you're doing something that hurts your ears without realizing it, the sooner you find out the better. Sometimes even everyday drugs like aspirin or antibiotics can cause trouble.

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Severe Hearing Loss

Severe hearing loss means you can hear some sounds, but very poorly. You may not be able to hear someone speaking, even if they are using a normal voice. You may be able to hear only very loud sounds. Hearing loss can happen in many different ways to people of all ages. It’s different for everyone. The key is to work with your health care team to find ways help you make the most of the hearing you have. There are many treatments that can help you or your child enjoy life.

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If you take care of hearing problems early, the cure may be simpler and easier. For example, one of the most common problems is nerve damage. If you go to the doctor right away, you might get better just by taking pills instead of having to face surgery or hearing aids.

And there's no need to put off hearing aids. All kinds of misunderstandings keep people from getting help. The devices have come a long way in recent years. Even people with mild hearing problems can benefit from wearing them. Is one of these myths holding you back?

  • There's nothing I can do to cure my hearing loss. In the past, doctors couldn't do much to help people who had trouble in one ear, who couldn't hear high-pitched sounds, or who had nerve damage. But with today's technology, nearly all of those people can make strides with hearing aids.
  • Wearing hearing aids will make me look old. Missing the punch line to a joke or not paying attention can make you look far more "out of it" than wearing a hearing aid. Keeping up with the conversation is what keeps you sharp. In fact, the worse a person's hearing gets, the more likely they are to develop dementia, studies show.
  • Hearing aids are bulky and ugly. Hearing aids that fit completely inside the ear canal now work for most people.
  • Hearing aids make everything sound too loud. In the past, hearing aids just made all sounds louder. Today, they adjust automatically to provide enough volume for whatever you're listening to.

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