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Hearing 101: Busting the myths muffling our hearing health

Island specialist debunks common misconceptions about hearing loss
The consequence of untreated hearing loss are far-reaching, impacting everything from personal safety to mental health. Photo courtesy of Ears to You.

In our modern, bustling world, maintaining one’s hearing health can sometimes fall by the wayside. However, the consequences of untreated hearing loss are far-reaching, impacting everything from personal safety to mental health.

However, the benefits of addressing hearing issues promptly are significant, no matter our age.

Myth 1: Hearing aids are only for severe hearing loss.

“Even mild hearing impairments can affect your daily life. Treating hearing loss by wearing hearing aids can drastically improve your quality of life, allowing for fuller participation in conversations and social activities,” says Dr. Allison Young (PhD, Registered Audiologist) with Ears to You, serving Victoria and Vancouver Island.

The mobile clinic model brings services such as hearing tests, hearing aid fittings and follow-up care directly to the client’s home, offering a level of convenience and accessibility that is unparalleled in the industry. Photo courtesy of Ears to You.

Research supports that hearing aids can enhance communication, thereby easing strain in relationships and reducing misunderstandings caused by poor hearing.

Myth 2: Hearing aids are cumbersome and noticeable.

Today’s hearing aids are a far cry from the bulky devices of the past. Modern aids are sleek, discreet and often nearly invisible to the casual observer.

“Advancements in technology have made hearing aids not only more effective but also more adaptable to various environments, making them easier to wear in everyday life,” Dr. Young says.

Myth 3: Treating hearing loss won’t affect my overall health.

Contrary to this common misconception, treating hearing loss with hearing aids has multiple health benefits. It can decrease fatigue, as less effort is required to understand speech, and reduce the risk of falls and accidents by enhancing situational awareness.

“Wearing hearing aids can lead to a more independent, engaging lifestyle and even delay or reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Young highlights.

Myth 4: Getting and using hearing aids is a complicated process.

Ears To You strives to simplify the process of acquiring and using hearing aids. From initial consultation through to fitting and ongoing support, the mobile hearing clinic ensures that help is just a call away, providing service throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Myth 5: Hearing aids are only for the elderly.

Hearing loss does not discriminate by age. It can affect anyone, at any time, due to various factors including exposure to loud noises, genetics and even certain medications. Addressing hearing loss as soon as it’s detected is crucial for maintaining one’s overall health and well-being, regardless of age.

Misconceptions about hearing aids and hearing loss can prevent many from seeking the help they need. Ears to You is committed to educating the public on the true benefits of treating hearing loss early and effectively.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call the Vancouver Island offices at 250-619-5746.