With Better Hearing and Speech Month upon us, there’s no better time to dispel the misconceptions that are circulating about hearing loss and the types of treatment available to help those with the disorder.

Some common hearing loss myths debunked:

Hearing loss only affects older people and is merely a “sign of aging.”

In fact, the most common type of hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, is on the rise in younger generations. Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate based on age.

Your primary care physician will make you aware if you have hearing loss.

Hearing screenings are skipped in approximately 85% of routine physicals.

If you had hearing loss, you’d know.

Because the onset is often gradual, you might be unaware that your hearing is impaired.

Hearing aids are big, awkward and ineffective.

Fortunately, the days of the large, clunky, uncomfortable devices are long gone. Today’s hearing aids are much smaller than their predecessors and offer features and capabilities to make communication easier and more attractive.

Wearing hearing aids will make you look old.

“What?” “Huh?” “Could you repeat that?” Untreated hearing loss is far more noticeable than missing a punch line of a joke, responding inappropriately to a question, or consistently asking others to repeat themselves.

Plus, today's hearing aids are much smaller and more discreet than those offered in the past.

You can save time and money by purchasing hearing aids online or at a big box store.

You may save money up front, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you'll get the best value for your money. You’ll be sacrificing the service required to make your hearing aids effective. Buying hearing aids online, or even in big box stores is risky.

Audiologists perform all the necessary evaluations to match you with the very best hearing aid for your personalized needs.

Manatee Ear Center is an independent practice. That means we aren’t obligated to sell certain devices. And we don’t have sales quotas. Our goal is to improve your quality of life through better hearing. Selecting the best hearing aid based on your lifestyle, communication goals, budget and cosmetic concerns is crucial to meeting that goal.

Schedule your hearing evaluation today, or stop in during our walk-in hours: Monday through Friday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Ask about our free hearing demonstrations.