Myths and Facts About Hearing Aids

The following are some common misconceptions about hearing aids:

MYTH: My hearing loss is not extreme enough for a hearing aid.
FACT: Hearing loss often develops slowly. Because of this, you may not notice how bad your hearing has gotten. If loved ones are often commenting on how you cannot hear, then you should strongly consider having your hearing tested. An audiologist will be able to determine the extent of your hearing loss and what device is best suited for it.

MYTH: I only have difficulty hearing certain sounds. I can hear everything else just fine, so I don’t need hearing aids.
FACT: Being unable to hear certain sounds is still hearing loss, and it can significantly impact your daily life and conversations with people. Hearing loss often becomes worse over time, so getting a hearing evaluation done by a professional early on will give you a clear indication of your hearing range capabilities. Today’s digital hearing devices are advanced, allowing professionals to program them for your specific needs and bring sounds back into your hearing range.

MYTH: Worn over time, a hearing aid will restore your hearing.
FACT: A hearing aid will not cure your hearing loss. When worn, they will improve your listening and communication abilities. All of which will greatly enhance your quality of life.

MYTH: I will like my new hearing aids the day I get them.
FACT: You may or may not like your hearing aids when you first get them. With hearing aids, you will hear some sounds you have not heard before or sound you have not heard in a long time. At first, background noise may seem loud and distracting. Your own voice may sound louder. It can take several weeks to adjust to listening with your hearing aids. Try to get used to your hearing aids under non-stressful situations. Start by wearing them a few hours at a time. A good place to start is at home with the TV or with just one (1) person in the room with you.

MYTH: Money can be saved by purchasing your hearing aid online.
FACT: Consulting with an audiologist is the only way that you can guarantee access to a quality device properly programmed for your needs. An audiologist will also provide other services such as: a hearing evaluation, hearing aid fitting and follow-up, repair maintenance, and rehabilitation.

MYTH: Only old people wear hearing aids!
FACT: Contrary to popular belief, hearing loss isn’t restricted to the older population. Only 35% of people who have hearing loss are over the age of 64, and more and more young people are in need of treatment because of prolonged exposure to loud music and noise. About six million people between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss.

MYTH: Wearing hearing aids will make me stand out.
FACT: Feeling self-conscious is a normal feeling when something about your appearance changes, but you’ll be taking a step to be in control of your health, which you should be completely proud of! With the incredible advances in hearing aid technology today, there are a lot of options available that will work for your needs and comfort. There are even different colour options available; why not personalize your hearing aid devices with your favourite colour?

MYTH: Hearing aids make horrible screeching sounds!
FACT: They used to, and it was horribly annoying! But really, today’s devices are so much more advanced than they used to be, and feedback cancellation is a common feature now.

MYTH: Hearing aids are too expensive.
FACT: As mentioned above, today’s hearing aids have better technology and more features than they used to. They are also electronic devices that are an investment in your health. The investment in a better quality of life is worth it.

MYTH: Hearing devices are only for people who have severe hearing loss.
FACT: No! Hearing aids help with all degrees and ranges of hearing loss. The key is to ensure that you see a professional who can identify what your hearing needs are and provide you with solutions. Plus, it’s been proven that treating even minor hearing loss can increase your quality of life!

MYTH: I can understand the general idea of conversations by watching people talk. I don’t need hearing aids just yet.
FACT: Ignoring your hearing difficulties or working around them not only makes you feel less in control, but the people around you can feel increasingly frustrated and unable to help. The best thing you can do for your hearing care is to take control of it and get a hearing evaluation done by a professional. It will give you peace of mind and a good sense of what your hearing range really is so you can explore solutions. Treating hearing conditions also helps overall quality of life and improves relationships with other people. Ask yourself this question: what do I gain by doing nothing about my hearing difficulties versus taking control of them?

MYTH: My friend doesn’t wear two hearing aids, so I don’t need to either.
FACT: Everyone’s hearing difficulties are different and require individualized care, just like many other medical treatments. Have you ever tried on a friend’s prescription glasses out of curiosity or for fun? Did they correct your vision perfectly? What works for your friend may not work for you, especially when it comes to your health. Again, a hearing healthcare professional has undergone training to provide you with expertise and the best options for your treatment. The brain is designed to use information coming from both ears, so if you have difficulty hearing in both ears, wearing two hearing aids can significantly help with localizing sounds, hearing in noisy environments, and improving your overall hearing experience. Being able to fully reconnect with your friends and loved ones in conversations is worth it!

MYTH: My hearing will get worse because my ears will depend on the hearing aids.
FACT: Your hearing will not get worse by wearing a properly fitted hearing aid. Hearing aids provide your ears with sound otherwise not heard without hearing aids. Without a hearing aid, your ears do not receive sounds that they used to and your brain “forgets” what those sounds were like. It is important to stimulate your ears and brain with sound. You should depend on your hearing aid. Because you lost your hearing gradually, you probably did not notice a big difference from day to day. Once you get used to hearing well with a hearing aid, you will notice a bigger difference (not hearing as well) when you take it off.

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