Hearing aids can be a great benefit to those suffering from hearing loss, but the facts about how they work and what they do aren’t clear to many people. There are many myths about hearing aids, but here are some of the most common that we’ve found, along with the truth behind each myth.
Myth: Hearing aids fix your hearing like contact lenses fix your eyesight.
Fact: Hearing aids don’t cure your hearing loss; using them won’t restore your hearing back to normal. Hearing aids improve your hearing and the ability to listen, and can give you a much higher quality of life.
Myth: Invisible hearing aids are the best you can buy.
Fact: While some patients do very well with in-the-ear so-called invisible hearing aids, there is a wide variety of models to choose from. Every patient has different needs, so your perfect pair isn’t likely to be the same one as anyone else’s. Different kinds of hearing loss need to be addressed with different kinds of technology. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to hearing loss because your hearing loss may be very different from someone else’s.
Myth: Buying hearing aids online can save you time and money.
Fact: Because there are different types and severities of hearing loss, buying a hearing aid online is a risky thing to do. By taking the time to complete a full exam with a hearing professional, you will be able to have a comprehensive view of your hearing loss and be able to understand the options available to you. A hearing professional also provides you with:
- Needed follow up care
- Repair or adjustments to your hearing aids
- Additional evaluations
- Fitting and proper training/care for your hearing aids.
- Hearing aid repair services
- Referrals for medical treatments discovered
Myth: My hearing loss isn’t bad. I don’t need a hearing aid.
Fact: Every patient is different. A hearing specialist can test your hearing, determine the extent of your hearing loss, and demonstrate the improvement you can have in your life by wearing a hearing aid.
Myth: You don’t really need two hearing aids.
Fact: You have two ears for a reason. Having sound on both sides of your head helps you to locate where sound is coming from, pick out particular sounds from noisy backgrounds, and hear sounds like they were meant to be heard.
Myth: Wearing hearing aids will make your hearing even worse.
Fact: If you wear hearing aids that are properly fitted and maintained, they can’t do any damage to your hearing. They will increase your quality of living, making life more pleasant for both you and those around you.
If you are interested in hearing aids, or need more information, contact U.S. Hearing Solutions today. Our team of trained hearing specialists provide the care and attention you need to understand your hearing and your options. Our initial evaluations are 100% free and no-obligation. Our goal is to ensure that every patient has the ability to understand the extent of their hearing loss and be able to make an informed decision about their care. Find a location today!