MYTH: Hearing loss affects only old people and is a sign of aging.
FACT: Over 60% of people with hearing loss are under age 65 years! There are over ten million people between the ages of 18 and 49 years of age with hearing loss, and over a million school-age children have hearing loss.
MYTH: If I had a hearing loss, my doctor would have told me.
FACT: Very few physicians electronically measure your hearing. As a result, it is virtually impossible for most doctors to recognize your hearing loss. Old-time tests such as the watch-tick test or whisper test are not accurate indicators of the presence or absence of hearing loss.
MYTH: Hearing aids do not work.
FACT: Treatment is now possible for hearing losses which may have been difficult to treat just a few years ago. Hearing aid technology, testing techniques and diagnosis have been dramatically improved. Modern hearing aids can help 95% of persons with hearing loss, and the overwhelming majority of those who have chosen hearing aids are satisfied with their decision.