Myths about Hearing Aids

Myths about Hearing Aids

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Hearing Aid Technology, Hearing Aids

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA

Are you struggling to hear people more and more and suspect you may have a hearing loss? There are a lot of misconceptions about hearing loss, but with better understanding of this serious condition we can raise awareness and help you and others know the facts about hearing loss. Here are a few common myths about hearing loss and the facts.

Myth: Hearing aids make you look old.

Fact: While hearing loss is common as we age affecting one in three people over the age of 65 it can happen to anyone. It’s estimated that one in eight people have a hearing loss 12 and older in both ears, based on standard examinations in the US. A common misconception around hearing aids is they make you look old, but in actuality they help you stay connected to the people and things you like to do. We note that many say that nothing makes them feel older than feeling confused during conversations, giving others the idea that they are lost or disinterested. With hearing aids, you can connect to the people you love, keeping your mind sharp and your confidence high.

Myth: Wearing one hearing aid is enough

Fact: Hearing loss often is worse in one ear giving people the idea that they can treat the “bad ear”. The truth is that it is rare that only one ear is affected with hearing loss. More often hearing loss is more pronounced in one ear but both have a loss. We hear with two ears for a reason – they help us locate sounds, determine the direction and the proximity. When hearing loss isn’t treated in both ears it increases the risk of falls and accidents which can lead to hospitalizations. With enhanced hearing in both ears, we can T re-strengthen the connections in our brain that deal with language and learning which as well is essential for communication.

Myth: Buying hearing aids online will save you money and time

Fact: The prices of hearing aids online are tempting for sure. Everyone wants to save money but in actuality a hearing aid you buy online will not be an adequate substitute for an in person hearing exam and fitting. We will test your hearing threshold using the latest technology. This allows us to program your hearing aids to amplify the sounds you need to hear while allowing the rest to be picked up with your existing hearing. 

There are a lot of hearing aid options and it can be overwhelming to choose. In addition to properly programed hearing aids, we will interview you about your lifestyle to help determine the best hearing aids to support you. Visiting us means receiving a comprehensive hearing evaluation, hearing aid fitting and repair services. With the proper resources we can ensure that you get the most out of your hearing aids.

Myth: Hearing aids work immediately

Fact: When you first put on new glasses, they can correct your vison immediately. Hearing aids take time to get used to. Often people wait years to treat their hearing loss, and over this time the brain can forget how to process lost sounds. Even the sound of your own voice may be jarring at first. Wear your hearing aids for just a few hours at home at first and work up slowly over time. After about two weeks you should acclimate to using them all day, making it easier to communicate with the people in your life and be more aware of the world around you.

Myth: Hearing aids are too expensive

Hearing aids are an investment in your health. A study from the Better Hearing Institute reported that on average people with untreated hearing loss make $30,000 less annually than contemporaries with treated or normal hearing. At work, miscommunication due to hearing issues can build up, causing people to be passed up for raises and promotions. Individuals with hearing loss also have nearly two times higher odds of unemployment or underemployment. 

When you invest in hearing aids you are investing in the power to earn. In addition, an increased risk of accidents and fall leading to hospitalization can translate into costly medical bills. Acting around hearing loss now is shown to save money in the long run. 

If you suspect that you have a hearing loss, contact us today. We can dispel any myths and help you find out the truth about treating hearing loss