Last Updated: Friday, April 12, 2024 at 4:25 PM

5 Common Myths About Hearing Aids Debunked

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Hearing aids play a crucial role in improving the quality of life for individuals with hearing loss. However, there are several misconceptions surrounding these devices that can deter people from seeking the help they need. In this blog post, we will debunk five common myths about hearing aids, shedding light on the truth and empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their hearing health.

Myth 1: "Hearing aids are only for the elderly"

The reality is that hearing loss can affect people of all ages. From young adults exposed to loud music to individuals with genetic predispositions or medical conditions, hearing loss does not discriminate based on age. Recognizing the signs of hearing loss and seeking professional help early on can prevent further deterioration and ensure a better quality of life, regardless of age.

Myth 2: "Wearing hearing aids will make my hearing worse"

This myth is unfounded. Modern hearing aids are designed to provide appropriate amplification tailored to your specific hearing needs. By wearing hearing aids, you can improve auditory stimulation, prevent auditory deprivation, and enhance your ability to communicate and engage with the world around you. In fact, modern hearing aids actually have protection for dangerously loud sounds, where they essentially shut themselves off and act as ear plugs to protect your hearing! This does not mean you should seek out loud environments with hearing aids, such as shooting firearms. Most hearing aids have ventilation to make them more comfortable, but still can allow some of that loud sound to travel through the device. As such, always wear ear protection when hunting or around loud machinery.

Myth 3: "Hearing aids are bulky and noticeable"

Gone are the days of clunky, conspicuous hearing aids. Today's technological advancements have led to sleek, discreet options. From invisible-in-canal (IIC) to completely-in-canal (CIC) devices, there are hearing aids available that are virtually invisible when worn. Even the behind-the-ear (BTE) models can only be seen at a specific angle from behind, and are completely invisible from the front! Many models also come in a range of colors to match your skin tone or personal preference.

Myth 4: "Hearing aids cost too much"

Contrary to popular belief, hearing aids are available at various price points to suit different budgets. While the cost of hearing aids can vary depending on factors such as technology level and features, there are affordable options available. Additionally, some insurance plans offer coverage for hearing aids, and there are financial assistance programs and financing options to make them more accessible. If you would like, please reach out to us by clicking the link here. We can use your insurance coverage to determine if you have any benefit, as well as perform a free hearing test to provide a variety of options at different budgets for your loss, with some options even starting as low as $395/ea depending on your loss and lifestyle.

Myth 5: "I only need one hearing aid if I have hearing loss in one ear"

While this is potentially the case, some individuals will still benefit from hearing aids in both ears even if their better ear only has a mild hearing loss. The reason this may be is due to a phenomenon known as Binaural Summation. All this means is that your brain is able to understand the sound it is receiving better if both ears hear the sound rather than just one. This occurs in the majority of individuals, but not all! We determine this by performing speech testing in each ear alone, and then both ears together. This is why a thorough hearing evaluation is absolutely necessary.

Don't let myths and misconceptions prevent you from seeking help for your hearing loss. By debunking these common myths about hearing aids, we hope to empower you to take control of your hearing health. Remember, hearing aids are not limited to the elderly, and they can significantly improve your quality of life regardless of your age. They are discreet, technologically advanced, and available at different price points to suit various budgets. Embrace the benefits of hearing aids and consult with a hearing healthcare professional to find the right hearing aid solution for your needs. Click here to take the first step towards better hearing and enjoy a world of vibrant sound and meaningful connections.

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