Facts vs. Myths About Hearing Loss
What if the knowledge you have about hearing loss and hearing aids is based on outdated or incorrect information?
Before you make any big decisions about your hearing loss, check out the facts behind these common myths:
MYTH: You cannot afford hearing aids.
TRUTH: Just like almost any other product, there are a wide range of prices for hearing aids. At Hearing Aid Counselors, our staff of experienced hearing care professionals can help you find hearing aids within your budget. Not to mention, most hearing aid providers offer affordable financing options.
MYTH: You cannot do anything to prevent hearing loss from happening.
TRUTH: 1/3 of all hearing loss can be prevented with proper ear protection.
- Turn down the volume on devices that use earbuds or headphones.
- Wear protective earplugs or earmuffs during loud activities such as concerts, working with machinery, mowing the lawn, etc.).
- Ask your doctor about any side effects to hearing when taking new medicine.
MYTH: You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online or by mail order
FACT: By working with a certified hearing care professional, you are getting expert care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed. Other professional hearing care services include:
- Hearing assessments
- Referrals for medical treatment (if needed)
- Hearing aid adjustments
- Proper hearing aid fitting
- Instructions in how to properly use and maintain the hearing aid
- Follow-up care and support
- Repair services
- Rehabilitation services
MYTH: A mild hearing loss is not bad enough to where you need a hearing aid.
FACT: Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. You and your hearing care professional can determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing.
MYTH: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary.
FACT: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with only one.
MYTH: Living with hearing loss is not a big deal.
FACT: Many people experience adverse effects to hearing loss, including frustration, social withdrawal, and depression. Trouble communicating with others can create a strain on relationships and even lower one’s self esteem. It’s far better to deal with hearing loss than to pretend it isn’t happening or to ignore the effect it is having on you those around you.
MYTH: Hearing aids are obvious and unattractive.
FACT: While this may have been true a long time ago, new technology has made hearing aids remarkably discreet. Many people can now wear hearing aid that are either tucked well inside the ear or almost completely hidden in the ear canal.
MYTH: If you did have a hearing loss, you’d certainly know about it.
FACT: The fact is, hearing loss can happen gradually and the signs may be subtle at first, making it difficult to self-diagnose. A hearing assessment by a certified hearing care professional can help you gain insight into whether or not you have hearing loss.
Want to learn more about hearing loss? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a Hearing Aid Counselors hearing center near you. Our staff of experienced hearing care professional are here to help you with all your hearing loss needs.