Hearing Aid Myths and Facts

Myth: Hearing aids restore hearing to normal.

Fact: Hearing aids do not restore you hearing to normal, nor do they retard the progression of nerve deafness. If fitted properly, hearing aids improve your hearing and communications abilities. Hearing aids are part of a comprehensive rehabilitation process and your audiologist will help you through it.

Myth: Hearing aids will damage my hearing.

Fact: If fitted professionally and well maintained, hearing aids will not damage your hearing.

Myth: My hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.

Fact: Often a hearing loss develops slowly and you may learn techniques to get by. Discuss with an audiologist if a hearing aid is likely to benefit you considering your hearing levels and individual hearing needs.

Some key indicators are:      

  • Friends and family complaining about your hearing
  • People having to repeat themselves on the telephone
  • Feeling that other people understand conversation better than you
  • Avoiding social situations because you are ‘all at sea’

Not hearing the television clearly at a good level for other people

Myth: You can save money by buying hearing aids on-line or by mail order.

Fact: A hearing aid is only one part of hearing rehabilitation. By working with an audiologist, you receive professional care and services, including recommendation for medical treatment, individualized sound programming, a tailored approach to get used to new sounds gradually, instruction on how to use the hearing aid, follow-up care and support, repair services, and rehabilitation services. A poor quality or poorly fitted aid can cause noise injury, limited overall results and a lack of use.

Myth: My hearing loss is not bad enough for two hearing aids.

Fact: We normally hear with two ears, which helps us to localize sounds, process incoming information and improve understanding in background noise. Approximately 90% of people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two hearing aids.

Myth: Big, bulky hearing aids are the only option available.

Fact:Today’s sophisticated digital hearing aids deliver excellent sound quality and most people have the option of a very discreet hearing device.

Myth: Wearing hearing aids is a sign of weakness or getting old.

Fact: Hearing loss can affect people of any age. There are several causes of hearing loss (link to cause of hearing loss) other than just age. And more importantly, untreated hearing loss is more noticeable ans judged more negatively than hearing aids.

Myth: Hearing aids are too expensive.

Fact: There are several types of hearing aids on the market, including different styles, technologies, sizes, colours and prices. Discuss with an audiologist which hearing aid is likely to benefit you considering your hearing levels and communication needs. The best option is not necessarily the most expensive.

Myth: Hearing aids don’t work.

Fact: The use of hearing aids cannot completely correct most hearing losses. However, they can minimize many everyday problems such as reduced clarity of speech, poor understanding with competing noise and requiring people to repeat themselves often.

Myth: Hearing aids whistle.

Fact: With improvements in technology, a properly chosen, well-fitted hearing aid will not make any unpleasant sounds when in your ear.

Myth: Hearing aids don’t work in background noise.

Fact: Any noise in the vicinity that reaches the microphone of a hearing aid can potentially be amplified. Most hearing aids selectively amplify important sounds, while suppressing background noise. Consider the sorts of environments that you expect to be listening in when discussing hearing aid options with your audiologist.

For best results, consistent hearing aid use is required to allow sufficient training for the brain in selectively listening to sounds we want.

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