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Q&A: Myths and Facts about Hearing Loss


Myth: Only a few people are truly hearing-impaired, and chances are I don't know anyone who is.

Fact: The odds are that you or someone close to you has some degree of hearing impairment. In fact, it has been estimated that as many as 3 million Canadians suffer from some form of hearing impairment.


Myth: If I had a hearing impairment, I would certainly know about it.

Fact: Not necessarily. Often an impairment develops slowly and subtly. Our own built-in defenses may make it difficult for us to determine whether we do or don't. A simple hearing test can determine if an impairment exists.


Myth: Hearing aids are large and unsightly, which is why most people don't want to wear them.

Fact: Today's hearing aids are smaller and more discreet than ever. In fact, "completely-in-the-ear" aids are almost unnoticeable!


Myth: Hearing tests are inconvenient and painful.

Fact: A comprehensive hearing test takes 30-45 minutes, does not require a referral from a doctor, and is painless.


Myth: It's too expensive to get a really good hearing aid.

Fact: The very best hearing aids are well within the reach of most people. In fact, government assistance is often available, and can significantly reduce the cost of hearing aids.


Myth: Wearing a hearing aid is a sign you're getting old.

Fact: Although hearing impairment is more common in older adults, many middle-aged and younger people are affected as well. There are many causes of hearing loss besides age. Remember, a hearing loss is much more noticeable than
a hearing aid!



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