Several new advances have been made in the field of hearing aids in the last few years. Hearing aids are now smaller, more powerful, more discreet, more comfortable, and more technologically advanced than ever before.
Unfortunately, however, it seems that not everyone’s opinion of hearing aids has advanced at the same rate. Some stigma may still exist around hearing aids and the use of hearing devices. These beliefs may lead some people who need hearing aids to avoid using them.
In reality, many people with varying severity and causes of hearing loss can benefit from the use of hearing aids. Here are six of the most common myths about hearing aids, as well as the truth about using hearing devices:
Myth #1: Hearing aids will make your hearing ability “normal” again.
There is no cure for hearing loss, so hearing aids will not change or improve your ability to hear. They cannot make your hearing ability “normal” again. However, hearing aids can help you better hear, understand, and talk to others. Using hearing aids in this way to improve your communication can benefit your quality of life.
Myth #2: Using hearing aids will damage your hearing or make it worse.
Again, using hearing aids will not change your ability to hear. This includes making your hearing worse. If you use the right type of hearing aid that fits you and you properly care for it, your hearing device will not damage your hearing.
Myth #3: You need to only wear one hearing aid, not two.
Since you normally hear with two ears, you should wear two hearing aids. You wouldn’t wear a monocle when you need glasses, would you? There are many benefits to wearing binaural, or two-ear, hearing aids. For example, wearing two hearing aids helps you with localization, or finding the source of a sound or noise. It can also help you hear better in noisy situations, help you better understand what people say, and makes sounds more natural.
Myth #4: The small hearing aids that are worn inside your ear are the best kind.
There are many different types of hearing aids available. Thanks to advanced technology, some hearing aids are very small and can indeed be worn inside your ear. Other types of hearing aids, however, are also highly advanced and can be of great benefit to you. When you meet with your hearing aid professional, he or she will show you the different types of hearing aids available to you and help you determine which one would be best for your particular needs.
Myth #5: You can save money and time by buying hearing aids online or in a store.
Although you can purchase hearing aids online or in a store, it may not be the best option for you. When you buy a hearing aid online or in a store, you cannot be certain that you have chosen the type of hearing aid that is best for your specific hearing needs. Additionally, a hearing aid that works for one person might not work for another. To make sure you get the hearing aids best suited to your needs and desires, it is recommended that you see a hearing aid professional.
Myth #6: You don’t need hearing aids if you only have mild hearing loss.
Some people with mild hearing loss don’t need hearing aids; others with mild hearing loss can greatly benefit from the use of hearing aids. The need for hearing devices varies from person to person. If you believe that you or a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss—even if it is mild—we recommend seeing a hearing professional to ensure that you get the care you need.
The truth is that you have no reason to be hesitant about getting hearing aids. They can improve your life! To learn more about the benefits of hearing aids, we invite you to contact our hearing practice today.