"A little hearing loss is normal."

Fact or Fiction?

If you're wondering, 'Is my hearing loss normal' - you're not alone, but it all depends on how you look at it. It's extremely normal in the sense that around 20% of the U.S. experiences it. It's normal in the way that no one should feel odd or lacking because of it. Percentage-wise, a mild hearing loss (as opposed to moderate or severe hearing loss) is the most common - as stated in this Audiology Online report. Just as your hearing loss is normal, so too are the hearing aid solutions available to you.

Denial of hearing loss is common, especially when it can feel like you are only hard of hearing in certain situations, such as loud restaurants, busy places of gathering, or when speaking at a cocktail party. In addition, a variety of factors can determine how well you can communicate in a given environment. Some environments reverberate, making it harder for someone to locate the fixed point at which a sound came from. Other environments are loud or have background noise. Also, people are different. The same loud environment can be bothersome to one person yet tolerable to another.

Even if two people have the same diagnosis, they will navigate the world in different ways, based on personality, lifestyle needs, and personal preference. Someone who is more extroverted and social, will experience a higher discomfort than someone who is more solitary and quiet.

Although aging is correlated with the onset of slight hearing loss, it can happen to young people too. Loud rock-n-roll concerts, and a lack of hearing protection when attending loud events will cause hearing loss to degenerate. And the longer you wait, the worse the problem can become.

Did you know most people wait 5 to 7 years before they confront their hearing loss? You may be thinking that your slight hearing impairment won’t get any benefit from hearing aid technology - but you won’t really know until an audiologist has a chance to study your ears and give you a diagnosis.

Learn more about your hearing aid options today. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one, fill out this form to get a call from a hearing specialist. We work to pair individuals with hearing loss to local hearing professionals through our nationwide network of hearing clinics. Take your hearing back today!