- I have one ear that's
down a little, but the other one's okay.
- Everything is relative. Nearly all patients who believe that they have one "good" ear actually have two "bad" ears. When one ear is slightly better than the other, we learn to favor that ear for the telephone, group conversations, and so forth. It can give the illusion that "the better ear" is normal when it isn't. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears equally, and about 95% of patients are in need of hearing aids for both ears.
- If I had a hearing loss,
my family doctor would have told me.
- Not true! Only 14% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical. Since most people with hearing impairments hear well in a quiet environment like a doctor's office, it can be virtually impossible for your physician to recognize the extent of your problem. Without special training, and an understanding of the nature of hearing loss, it may be difficult for your doctor to even realize that you have a hearing problem.
- My hearing loss is
normal for my age.
- It happens to be "normal" for overweight people to have high blood pressure. That doesn't mean they should not receive treatment for the problem.
- Your hearing loss cannot
- In the past, many people with hearing loss in one ear, with a high frequency hearing loss, or with nerve damage have all been told they cannot be helped, often by their family practice physician or an ENT physician. This might have been true many years ago, but with modern advances in technology, nearly 95% of people with a sensorineural hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids.
- If I can hear you one on
one I must be hearing pretty good!
- The fact is hearing one on one is the easiest to hear and in no way is an indicator of how well you hear. Many people believe they should wait until one on one is hard to do before they admit they have troubles. If one on one is a problem your hearing has deteriorated severely. Remember a hearing aid does not fix your hearing. It takes what's left and tries to do a better job. The worse your hearing is the harder it is to help. If you wait until one on one is the problem you are leaving it way too long. Get your hearing tested.
- I can hear pretty good
on the phone.
- The phone used to be a good gauge of how a person hears but is not the case anymore. Many phones have great amplifiers and can be turned up to enable better understanding. Telephone lines and equipment are better today than in days gone by. The bottom line is the phone is not the way to determine how good your hearing is.
THE ONLY WAY TO DETERMINE HOW GOOD YOUR HEARING IS - IS TO GET IT TESTED!