There are many hearing myths regarding our ears. Here at Medico Audiology Services, we aim to dispel those myths in order to provide the best possible care for our patients. Here are some myths around hearing loss, and the usage of hearing aids that we will clear up today.
Firstly, while it is true that hearing loss can increase with age, it does not mean that it is ‘normal’, or something that we should simply ‘put up with’. Hearing loss can happen at any age, for a number of reasons, and should never be something we just accept. It can be something as simple as a wax build up which can be removed in minutes, it could be a build-up of fluid in the middle ear which an Ear Nose and Throat consultant can help with or it could be a sensorineural hearing loss due to the hearing organ which a hearing aid can help with.
If you find it hard to see, or read, you know the strain that can have on your concentration, motivation, and overall wellbeing. Straining to hear is no different. Studies have proven that fatigue, migraines, loneliness, and not wanting to socialise can be linked to the decline in hearing. In 2020 the Lancet Public Health Journal published a study which focused on data collected from 437,704 people over the course of 12 years. Participants who took part were 56 when the study started, and 68 when it concluded. The study concluded that, 8% of dementia cases worldwide may be linked to hearing loss. While there was no increased risk for people with standard hearing, or people who have hearing loss, and use hearing aids; there was a 42% risk of all-cause dementia in people with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids.
Experts predict that, globally, the number of people who will be living with dementia will nearly triple what it is today. By 2050, they predict that there will be 153 million people living with dementia. If something as simple as maintaining ear health, and using aids as soon as is medically necessary can potentially reduce the risk of developing dementia, then it is more important than ever to dispel the myths of hearing loss, and maintain good ear health.
If your eye sight was affecting you like this way, you wouldn’t think twice about wearing glasses. Why do we deny ourselves the freedom of hearing whether it be wax removal, seeing a specialist or wearing hearing aids, when we have no problem benefiting from the freedom of glasses?
Here at Medico we offer microsuction wax removal, baby and adult hearing tests and hearing aids from various manufacturers because we are independent. We offer demo hearing aids and fit all of our hearing aids using real ear measurements which follows best practice. We are all master’s trained Clinical Audiologists with over 30 years of combined experience in 4 continents. Get in touch today to Hear Now and Hear Happy.