10 Misconceptions about Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is sometimes referred to as an “invisible disability,” because it’s not always obvious when people have hearing loss, and it’s not often talked about. Studies show that only 1 in 5 people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one, and on average, people with hearing loss wait almost 10 years before they do something about it. Why? Sometime’s it’s related to cost, but other times it has to do with the stigma that hearing loss carries. People might associate hearing loss with getting old or don’t want to wear hearing aids because there are ugly.

There are a lot of misconceptions that people have about hearing loss. I think it’s important to be open about hearing loss and how it can affect people’s lives, both positively and negatively. Help break down the stigma of hearing loss!

Here are 10 misconceptions about hearing loss that you should know: Continue reading

Open Ears is now HearingLikeMe

We published out first blog post on Open Ears in February 2014, with the hopes of creating a community for people with various levels of hearing loss, who would be supported by the brand that they depend on for their hearing technologies.

Since then, we’ve heard personal stories of how to better communicate with someone with hearing loss, inspirational memoirs of people overcoming  their hearing loss to rediscover their passions,  cool hearing aid decorating ideas, field notes from Phonak volunteers fitting children with hearing aids around the world, advice on how to understand your audiogram, and much more.

We’ve laughed, we’ve shed a tear or two, and (most importantly) we’ve been immensely inspired by those of you who are being open about hearing loss, breaking down stigmas and being proud of using hearing technology.

As our community has grown, so have we, and in the process have decided to build a stronger platform for you.

That’s why as of today, Open Ears will be HearingLikeMe.

You’ll still be able to find the same personal stories from your favorite bloggers and continue to follow their journeys with hearing loss, but now you’ll also get the latest industry news, lifestyle trends, hearing aid tips, and have the opportunity to further personal connections and discussions on the Hearing Like Me forum.

We look forward to growing our community and continue to inspire – and be inspired by – those of you touched by the hearing loss community. We hope you grow, learn and discover ways to hear better than ever before.

See you soon on HearingLikeMe.com and make sure to let us know what you think.