Myths and Facts About Hearing Aids

It’s time to put a few myths about hearing aids to rest. Let’s get right into it.

Myth #1: Hearing aids restore normal hearing as quickly and perfectly as an eyeglass prescription can restore 20/20 vision.
Fact: Hearing aids do not restore normal hearing nor do they “cure” a hearing loss. Hearing aids are used as a tool to improve effective communication; they improve the likelihood of you actually hearing what is being said, and they can substantially improve your quality of life.

Myth #2: A hearing aid will damage your hearing.
Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not further exacerbate any existing hearing loss.

Myth #3: You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online, by mail order or from a big chain supplier.
Fact: By purchasing hearing aids from the office of a licensed Audiologist, you are also purchasing professional care and services to ensure your devices are functioning properly. Audiologists undergo several years of extensive training to provide only the best care to their patients. Audiologists are also trained to examine any potential underlying medical issues as related to the ear and refer to other licensed physicians as needed.

Myth #4: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary. You should only aid the better or worse ear.
Fact: Economically speaking, it is common for someone with hearing loss to opt for only monaural (or single-ear) amplification. However, research shows that untreated hearing loss has been linked to accelerated brain tissue loss and dimentia. Binaural (or two-eared) hearing is important for sound localization (knowing where sounds are coming from) and proper brain function.

Myth #5: Invisible hearing aids are the best kind.
Fact: The type of hearing aid best for each individual is selected based on much more than the simple factor of visibility; other aspects like lifestyle, previous use of hearing aids and budget are much more important to consider. It is important to discuss and consider all options with the Audiologist before committing to one specific style.

We hope this post cleared up any confusion you may have about hearing aids. Please explore our hearing aid page to learn more about hearing aids, or you can contact us.

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