When someone is suffering from hearing loss, they often delay seeing an audiologist because of the negative misconceptions that surround hearing aids. The truth is that hearing aids can (literally) change the way you hear the world and improve your overall quality of life.
Here are some common myths about hearing aids that the experts at Audio Help would like to debunk, and share with you the truth about hearing aids.
Myth 1: Only old people need hearing aids
We live in a noisy world which means people of all ages suffer from hearing loss. With earbuds that blast loud music directly into the ear, hearing loss in young people is becoming more common than ever before. There are even infants and young children who wear hearing aids.
Myth 2: Hearing aids are big and bulky
Technology has allowed manufactures to create smaller and more discreet hearing aids that assist patients with a range of hearing loss. The smallest hearing aids actually fit in the ear and are virtually invisible to those around you. In fact, there may be people you talk to every day who wear hearing aids and you don’t even know it. There are also behind-the-ear models that are more noticeable, but still fairly discrete.
Whether you choose a hearing aid that fits in your ear or behind it, it’s important to know that manufactures are working on making hearing aids smaller so that they are easier to wear and less noticeable.
Myth 3: I should buy my hearing aids online to save money
You may be able to find some cheaper hearing aids online, but it could cost you more in the long run because they don’t meet your needs. Only a hearing professional can help you choose the correct hearing aids that will properly fit your ear and meet your hearing needs based on your lifestyle and degree of hearing loss.
Myth 4: I only need one hearing aid
There is a good chance that if you notice hearing loss in one ear, there is also hearing loss in your “good ear.” Hearing loss is normally caused by aging or long-term exposure to loud noises. Both of these items normally cause hearing loss in both ears, not just one.
This is why it is a good idea to have your hearing tested by an audiologist – such as the ones at Audio Help – to determine your degree of hearing loss in each ear.
Myth 5: My friend had hearing aids and they didn’t work, why should I look into them?
Each person’s hearing loss situation is unique. Just because hearing aids didn’t work for your friend, doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. At Audio Help, we offer and free trial period with your hearing aids to make sure they work for you.
Myth 6: If I already have hearing aids, I don’t need to get new ones.
Like TVs and computers, hearing aid technology is constantly progressing. New technology like Bluetooth compatibility, rechargeable batteries, and adaptive microphones are available for hearing aids. The device you’re currently using may be obsolete. Newer devices can adjust volume automatically to your environment, and some can help minimize the effects of tinnitus with programs that create background noise. Additionally, the rechargeable hearing devices can give the wearer up to 18 hour of use. Investing in new hearing aids ensures you have the best possible hearing capabilities