Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Same Myths... Over and Over

I'm subscribed to a couple of news feeds in my twitter, one of which returns hearing-loss related news (thanks to Google News). Sometimes it feels like I see the same article over and over again. Case in point: the Creston News Advertiser's article on the top 5 myths about hearing aids. Before you click on the link, see if you can come up with your own top 5 myths about hearing aids. They're for old people! They are clunky! They're only for people who have a really bad hearing loss, and besides, they cost so much.

I'm not saying that articles like this are not valuable. The reason these myths need to be addressed is because they are so prevalent. The myths in the article are the same ones I hear all the time, especially "I would know if I need a hearing aid." Even with people like Sting joining campaigns against hearing loss, making the topic accessible to everyone, these myths still prevail. Seeing similar articles every day in my Google Reader only serves to remind me of the misconceptions many people have about their loss. Hopefully, enough people will stop to read the article (the one I linked to and the myriad others on the same topic), and maybe some people will be educated. It is a long road.

3 comments:

  1. Sometimes I think things need to become personal before people learn. My son was recently diagnosed with a binaural sensorineural hearing loss. Three weeks ago I didn't even know what that meant and today I'm trying to absorb as much as I can. Thanks for sharing these myths & I look forward to learning & passing on this new knowledge to others.

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  2. When I got my first pair of hearing aids, I'll never forget when my audi handed me a care pamphlet of how to take care of your aids. On the front were three old people with gray hair. I was all of 24, and cried all the way home. I don't think the stereotypes have changed much, but the aids sure have!

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  3. Nice Post! I totally agree with you. Thanks!

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