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Myth:
A personal sound amplification product, or PSAP, will take care of my hearing loss.

Fact:
Wearable electronic amplifiers, designed to hear environmental sounds for those who don’t have hearing loss, only make a sound louder and are neither FDA-regulated nor recommended to treat actual hearing loss. Misuse or overuse of PSAPs could even cause or aggravate hearing damage, so it’s best to let your hearing care professional evaluate your hearing and help you determine the best solution for your unique listening needs.

Myth:
That ringing in my ears is all in my head, and nothing can be done about it.

Fact:
If you perceive a ringing, buzzing, whistling, or humming in your ears that nobody else seems to hear, you may be among the nearly 50 million Americans with tinnitus, a condition that can be managed. It’s commonly linked to health issues such as hearing loss, and treatments such as behavioral therapies and devices that may include hearing aids can make a difference in handling the problem.

Myth:
Hearing loss is an isolated issue that doesn’t affect my overall health.

Fact:
On the contrary, hearing loss is a chronic public-health challenge that, if left untreated, can have far-reaching consequences for physical, mental, social and even financial wellness. For example, individuals with moderate hearing loss are three times as likely to develop dementia, and untreated hearing loss can reduce household earnings by as much as $30,000.

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