We know you've heard of hearing aids (no pun intended). But, there are a few myths and misperceptions we'd like to address. We've narrowed down our list to six of the most common comments, questions, and concerns we receive in our office.
1. Hearing Aids Are Not Just For The Elderly
It's true: age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss. But, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the 466 million people worldwide who suffer from hearing loss, it is estimated that 34 million of these are children (7%). It also estimates that 1.1 billion young people (between 12–35 years old) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings. In fact, we blogged earlier this summer about how hearing loss is on the rise among teens.
2. Hearing Aids Do Not Cure Hearing Loss
Hearing aids will improve your quality of life by helping you hear life's special moments and feel more connected to the world, but they will not cure your hearing loss. Hearing aids treat hearing loss, though; in fact, more than 95% of hearing loss cases can be treated with today's hearing technologies.
3. You May Need Hearing Aids Even With A Mild Hearing Loss
Untreated hearing loss, even mild, affects the brain's ability to remember common everyday sounds. When the hearing nerves lose their function and no longer send sounds to the brain, the brain "forgets" the sounds and is unable to understand them over time. The longer people wait to seek treatment, the more sounds will be unrecognizable once treatment is sought. Of course, your audiologist will help you determine if hearing aids are the proper treatment.
4. Hearing Aids Won't Affect Your Lifestyle
Today's hearing technologies are suitable for all lifestyles. If you spend a lot of time on the phone, there are bluetooth-compatible hearing aids that pair with your phone, so you can hear conversations, music and other sounds from your phone directly in your ears. Do you work out and sweat frequently? There are now water resistant hearing aids. Are you often in the company of large groups of people? Hearing aids with multi-directional microphones will help you hear conversations taking place in front of, to the side of, and behind you.
5. You Should Not Purchase Hearing Aids Online
In order to maximize the potential of your hearing aids and ensure a proper fit, there is customization required from your audiologist. You'll more than likely have questions, which your audiologist can answer, as well. Sure, you may be able to find less expensive hearing aids online, but you won't receive the care and personal attention your hearing deserves.
6. Today's Hearing Aids Are Virtually Invisible
We understand the concerns people have with wanting to keep hearing aids concealed, especially those who are younger. Unfortunately, hearing aids aren't yet as widely accepted as glasses. But, today's hearing aid technologies are virtually invisible. They come in multiple colors to match your hair or skin type. There are even tiny hearing aids that fit in your ear canal. The different fits have pros and cons, so an audiologist will help you determine which fit works best for you.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about hearing aid technologies, please feel free to give us a call.