Hearing aids are used to help deaf people and people suffering from impaired hearing or hearing loss. This is why it’s important to know the facts about them. With that said, let’s debunk these seven myths about hearing aids to help you or your loved ones in need.
Myth #1: Hearing aids are a sign of senior age.
While we appreciate your concerns, current hearing aids are small enough to be worn in the ear. As a result, they become ‘invisible’ and enjoyable. You will have no trouble choosing from the several options offered.
Myth #2: Hearing loss only affects the elderly.
Hearing loss can strike anyone at any age. One out of every five adults over the age of 12 has a hearing loss that interferes with their ability to communicate. According to the Better Hearing Institute, 65% of persons with hearing loss are under the age of 65. Hearing loss can strike anyone at any age.
Myth #3: A single hearing aid is adequate.
We can hear better when we use both ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing aids help us improve our hearing in noisy surroundings by supporting us in localizing sounds. Furthermore, they aid in the re-strengthening of our brain’s language and learning connections, which are required for communication. Simply said, having two hearing aids is preferable to having one.
Myth #4: Online shopping for hearing aids saves both money and time.
Hearing aids, unlike other sorts of technology, are medical devices. As a result, you should never buy hearing aids online. An audiologist or other licensed hearing care specialist will help you choose the best hearing aid for your needs. Among them are the following:
- Detailed hearing examination
- Evaluations of hearing aids
- Instructions for effectively operating and maintaining your hearing aid
- Compensation and aid
An audiologist will make sure you have the tools and assistance you need to get the most out of your hearing aid.
Myth #5: Hearing aids can help reverse hearing loss.
Hearing aids, like prescription eyeglasses, do not ‘cure’ myopia. Hearing aids improve hearing and listening, allowing for better communication. As a result, they have the potential to drastically improve your life.
Myth #6: Hearing loss is easily identified without medical help.
Only 14% of physicians perform a hearing evaluation as part of a physical exam. Doctors have a tough time identifying hearing loss because the majority of persons with hearing loss can hear normally in calm places (such as a doctor’s office). Audiologists, on the other hand, have undergone extensive training in the detection and treatment of hearing loss.
Myth #7: Hearing aids boost background noise.
Analog hearing aids frequently amplified both low and high-frequency frequencies equally. Conversational sounds become extremely loud when the volume is increased to hear quiet noises. Hearing aids can now be tailored to your specific requirements thanks to advances in digital signal processing. A wider range of frequency bands/channels allows for a more precise match.
Today, modern hearing aids are surprisingly comfortable, quiet, and effective. Although not miraculous, hearing aids are an exemplary innovation that exist to perform the function of providing the sense of hearing (when in use) and restoring a normal way of everyday life. Now that you know the facts from the myths, perhaps it’s time for you to look into what it can do for you or your loved ones.
Hear More Associates can give you access to hearing aids for yourself and your family. Our team of esteemed hearing specialists is here to guide you. Book your appointment with us today!