Mythbusters: The Truth About Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids

There are also some circumstances that we think is normal and should not raise any alarms. However, what really is the truth about hearing loss? Here are a few myths about hearing loss, the use of hearing aids, and the truth behind them.

MYTH: Hearing loss happens only because of old age.

TRUTH: Hearing loss can happen at any point of our lives. Did you know:

  • That one in a thousand live births is born with hearing loss?
  • Hearing loss starts at 45 years of age and becomes noticeable by the individual usually only in his 60s? But the others around him/her may have already noticed he/she is hard of hearing.
  • 70% of all people over 65 years old have hearing loss.

MYTH: If I have hearing loss, I would know about it.

TRUTH: Hearing is a passive sense and when you have it, you think eveything is normal. But when you gradually lose it, you dont notice the loss right away but people around you will begin to notice that your reactions and comprehension is getting worse slowly.

A common sign of hearing loss is that you find difficulty keeping up in group conversations while the others around you seem to be listening just fine. Signs of hearing loss are usually subtle and unnoticeable until it causes complications and discomforts in normal social settings.

MYTH: Only one of my ears has hearing loss. My other ear is completely okay.

TRUTH: Our body is a very relative piece of art. One good ear could mean two bad ears. Because one is better than the other, we tend to favour it more, using it in more situations. However, this shouldn’t really be the case. This illusion causes us to put more strain to the “better” ear, when in fact, hearing loss has affected both ears.

MYTH: Hearing loss is normal for my age.

TRUTH: While it is true that hearing loss can happen at any point in our lives, it doesn’t mean that it should not be given attention. Think of it as being “overweight” for people with high blood pressure. Just because it’s normal doesn’t necessarily mean that action should not be taken. This is especially true about hearing loss as studies have shown that ignoring hearing loss and not treating it with hearing aid amplification can lead to a much higher risk of dementia and brain deterioration.

MYTH: If I had hearing loss, my doctor would have told me.

TRUTH: Doctors, even during routine check-ups, don’t really check for hearing loss. One may consider the fact that most people with hearing impairments can hear well in a quiet setting like the doctor’s office as a reason as to why the condition is unrecognizable.

MYTH: Hearing loss doesn’t affect the rest of my health.

TRUTH: Leaving your hearing loss untreated can cause several issues with the body such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, social isolation, and depression. This cognitive load on the brain can affect its other functions such as short-term memory.

MYTH: Loud music is to be blamed for my hearing loss.

TRUTH: While listening to loud music can be a cause of hearing loss, it is not solely the perpetuator. There are also several causes of hearing loss such as genetics, intake of certain medication, bad smoking habit, and other complications such as diabetes. Read: how to protect your ears while enjoying music.

MYTH: I don’t have hearing Loss. I just need to amplify the volume.

TRUTH: One may opt for this solution but that’s not really how it works. You may increase the volume of your TV and earphones, or you may even ask people speak louder just so you can understand them. There’s a much simpler and easier way to solve this and that is with the use of hearing aids.

MYTH: Hearings aids are ugly.

TRUTH: Yes, they are ugly. That is if we are talking about them from back in the days when they used to be so large and only had a few design options to choose from. Technology has made it possible for hearing aids to be sleek and small and could even appear invisible.

MYTH: If I use hearing aids, I’ll get my normal hearing back.

TRUTH: Hearing aids only help you hear better. It doesn’t bring back the normal functions of your ears. They can only improve your ability to hear well just as long as you have the correct settings on your device.

May these mythbusters shed some light on your queries and finally inform you of the truth behind hearing loss and hearing aids. For more information about it, you may contact Listening Lab Singapore at +65 6817 5100.

About The Listening Lab

Listening Lab is a home-grown company whose mission is to help our clients restore their hearing to enjoy the life that they desire. Experiencing hearing loss can be detrimental to one’s quality of life. Hence we commit to providing high-quality hearing solutions.

Our hearing solutions include hearing tests and treatment and prescribing hearing aids. Clients may come to get their hearing checked, and we will assess whether hearing aids are required.

If hearing aids are required, clients can choose from a variety of the best hearing aid brands we provide. Each of the products offers unique features that complement daily use and perform well in helping our clients enjoy the life that they desire.

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madam Low
My mum has hearing loss for many years. Consultant of Listening Lab helped her fitted with Resound hearing aid. His patience and professionalism was greatly appreciated as the hearing aid enable her to hear and communicate with the people around her especially her grand children. We are happy with the services rendered by consultant. Keep up the good work!!
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Brian is the definitive household name in English Radio since the early years of Singapore's founding, starting with Rediffusion followed by Radio One and now with Gold 90.5FM as well as Vintage Radio Singapore. His honeyed voice and selection of music filling our ears as we lived the bustle of our daily lives.

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Our Executive Director Kelvin Lee is proudly beaming ear-to-ear in this photo with Brian. But you wont be able to see it through the masks!
Brian Richmond
I started experiencing loss of hearing sometimes in 2010 (41 years old) owing to some medical issue. I was having difficulties hearing conservation especially in meeting. Thus, giving me the fear in attending meeting.

Initially I started with Phonak hearing aid. It helps amplified the sound and I could hear better then. Somehow, my hearing loss deteriorated further that in late 2012 (43 years old), there was profound loss of hearing on my right ear. Even digital hearing aid could not help. On my left ear there is still about 50% to 60% hearing with hearing aid. I was lost at this point of time. I was considering learning sign language. I went to see my ENT specialist and my audiologist Mr. Bala advised me to go for an CI as an alternative to my hearing loss.

I also thank God for Engineer and Scientist, giving them the knowledge to create such a complex and sophisticate device to help those with hearing loss like me. It will be all perfect if the cost is affordable too.
Jonathan Po
madam goh
I took my mum to Listening Lab at Simei to get her hearing aid fixed, during our first visit, she patiently explained the whole procedure to my mum and also explain to my mum why she really in need to fix the hearing aid. She is very knowledgeable, and friendly, and we are encouraged to ask questions. she is also very patient with old people which is the most importance. Also her after service is superb so I highly recommend.
Mdm Goh
My mum, Madam Kek (73 year old) had the Cochlear implant (CI) done on her left side in 10th September 2019. Thereafter, thanks to the subsequent auditory verbal therapy, evaluation from SGH ENT team, as well as, the support from AB's and Listening Lab staffs; Madam Kek was able to hear, comprehend sound and music from her Cochlear implant, Naida CI Q90, and hearing aid (HA), Naida Link UP, for her right side before end year. We are happy that both the CI and HA have improved mum qualify of life. Now Madam Kek is looking forward to work again to pass her time as she can hear and better communicate with others.
Madam Kek
Titus was implanted when he was 18 months old. He is a happy, talkative 6.5 years old now. AB has been with him for 5 wonderful hearing years and we are looking forward to a bright future that lies ahead for him. AB’s Naída CI sound processors are reliable and the technology is constantly evolving and upgrading. When Titus was introduced to Naida Link CROS, his life was enriched. The wireless network established between his Naida CI sound processor and a Naida Link CROS transmitter allows him to hear from both ears. This changes Titus’s life and the way we interact with him. We are also very pleased with the prompt response and service provided to us. The staff in AB genuinely cares! We want to thank AB for making Titus’s hearing journey an enjoyable and a relatively stress free one!
Titus Pang
mr tan
I have been living with progressive hearing loss for more than three decades. Socially, I find myself fearful of communicating with people and at home, watching 'soundless' television programs is a norm.

An unforgettable experience. Trying on a pair of Resound GN hearing aid, I was energized and revitalized and overwhelmed with emotional tears of joy. The Resound GN is truly remarkable and uniquely equipped with three-friendly-user environmental modes that provide hearing comfort wherever we are.

In particular, I like to extend my utmost gratitude to Hearing Consultant. With her profound compassion and wisdom in guiding me, I am confident that I can forge a formidable partnership with the Listening Lab; So that I can rebuild a new chapter of a happy and value-creative life and simultaneously, leaving behind the painful memories of the past three decades.
Mr Tan

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