MYTH #1: There aren’t many people who have true hearing difficulties, and if I or people close to me had hearing difficulties, it wouldn’t affect anyone else.

FACT: Over 30 million Americans have some degree of hearing difficulty, so there’s a good chance that someone close to you has hearing loss. A person with hearing loss can experience many negative feelings that strain relationships at home and at work. It’s important to get annual hearing checkups to detect problems early.

MYTH #2: I would definitely know right away if I had hearing loss.

FACT: As much as we hope we can detect issues ourselves early, hearing loss often develops slowly over time. A simple hearing test can determine if any issues exist.

MYTH #3: Hearing aids cure hearing loss.

FACT: Hearing aids don‘t cure hearing loss. They’re meant to help improve a person’s listening experience as well as their relationships, mental well-being, and more.

MYTH #4: If someone has hearing loss, it just means that sounds aren’t loud enough for him or her.

FACT: Loudness is only one aspect of hearing loss. There are many other factors to consider, such as being able to hear clearly in noisy environments or clarity of speech in general. Sometimes, it sounds like people are always mumbling. Hearing tests help determine the severity of the hearing loss and specific solutions that help the individual person.

MYTH #5: Hearing aids are bulky and ugly!

FACT: Today, hearing aids are technologically advanced and include options that are so small they’re hardly noticeable, and they come with different color options. Some devices connect to smartphones, are water resistant, or automatically adjust as you enter different listening environments.