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Debunking the top five hearing aid myths

Contributed by | Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Hearing aids come with many misconceptions. Fear, or innocent ignorance, or both, prevents many people from buying hearing aids when they need them. But the truth is hearing aids are a common treatment for hearing loss, and wearing them can be much less scary than you think. If you are a candidate for hearing aids, make sure you get all the facts before deciding against them.

Only one in five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one, which means there are quite a few people who have the opportunity to improve their hearing. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that 17 percent of American adults, 36 million people, report some degree of hearing loss. Hearing devices improve the lives of millions of people with hearing loss around the world, so we figured it was time to debunk the five most common hearing aid myths. 

1) Hearing aids are big and bulky

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Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and styles, so not every one is as noticeable as you may think. They range from the smallest in-the-ear (ITE) models, which are tucked inside the ear canal, to the larger behind-the-ear (BTE) models, which are larger and easier to use. Whatever your preference, whether that be discretion or ease of use, there is a hearing aid suited for you. They even come in different colors if you’re looking for a little one, or just a little pizzazz.

2) I only need one hearing aid until my hearing gets really bad

Chances are if you’ve noticed your hearing loss, it’s already much worse than you realize. Since your brain is adept at adjusting to gradual changes in your hearing levels, you might not recognize your failing hearing until it has significantly progressed. Regular hearing tests can prevent the struggle of living with an untreated hearing loss by fitting you with a hearing aid in the early stages of your hearing loss. Have your hearing tested by your hearing health practitioner and, if you need hearing aids, take the advice!

3) Hearing aids are for the elderly

Hearing loss occurs at all stages of life, including birth, so even babies and young children wear hearing aids. Since hearing loss is caused by a myriad of factors, including genetics, diseases, ototoxic medication and environmental causes. Your hearing loss is much more apparent a pair of hearing aids, so if you need them, don’t wait any longer than necessary to be fitted for a pair.

4) Buying hearing aids online will save me time and money

The internet might seem like a quick and inexpensive solution, but the truth is that buying hearing aids without consulting a hearing health practitioner could cost you much more in the long run. The shape of your ears, as well as the shape of your hearing loss, is completely unique to you. Only an expert can properly fit your hearing aids and make sure they are working at optimum capacity. The time and effort of properly fit hearing aids are worth far more than the short-term discount you might find buying online.

5) Hearing aids didn’t work for my friend, so they won’t work for me

Again, everyone’s hearing loss is different. Even though hearing aids might not have worked for someone you know doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. The cause of your hearing loss, as well as its intensity, determines how well hearing aids will work for you. Only a hearing health expert can say for sure what treatment option is the best.

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