At the root, hearing aids are simply another piece of modern, advanced technology that exist to help people better navigate and fully enjoy their lives. However, unlike tablets, smartphones or Bluetooth, hearing aids seem to be shrouded in unnecessary mystery and mystique. The following myths are as common as they are untrue. You may have heard some of the following, however, please do not believe them!
Myth #1: Hearing aids are only for old people, and I will be seen as “older” if I wear them.
Especially now with the rise of noisy leisure activities and the constant access to streaming music through personal listening devices, people of all ages experience hearing loss. In fact, about two-thirds of people who experience hearing loss are under the age of 64 and the WHO estimates that about 1.1 billion young people and teenagers are at risk of developing hearing loss. It is also true that scientific research has uncovered that those who choose to treat their hearing loss with hearing aids are actually seen as more confident, capable, and competent than those who leave their hearing loss untreated.
Myth #2: Hearing aids are eyesores.
Just like we no longer use the brick cell phones of the early 90s that weigh 3 pounds and have a battery life of 30 minutes – we also no longer use the gigantic, beige, analog hearing aids of yesteryear. Today’s hearing aids are power-packed with incredible technology, all housed in extremely tiny packages. Most of today’s modern hearing aids are extremely slick and very discreet. Some hearing aids are even worn entirely in the ear canal and are therefore 100% invisible.
Myth #3: Hearing aids will make everything around me sound too loud.
Unlike noise amplification devices, today’s hearing aids are full of smart technology that is able to recognize, categorize, and amplify or muffle different sounds depending on your needs. Modern hearing aids can instantly determine if noises are unwanted or background sounds and will not amplify (and in some cases will even lessen these sounds), all the while amplifying whatever it is that you do want to hear, such as speech or the birds chirping.
Myth #4: I don’t need hearing aids because my hearing isn’t that bad.
Hearing aids are beneficial to almost everyone with a hearing loss, from very mild to extremely severe. Most of the time hearing loss is progressive, so treating hearing loss as soon as you notice it can help slow the progression and worsening of hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to an increased risk for developing cognitive decline and dementia such as Alzheimer’s, so there is additional health benefit to treating hearing loss early – far beyond the health of your ears.
Myth #5: Hearing aid specialists and audiologists are pushy salespeople.
Hearing care is health care. Good hearing aid specialists and audiologists do what they do to help make a positive impact on your health and overall wellbeing. Spend some time researching audiologists and hearing healthcare specialists in your area and perhaps schedule a few consultations to ensure you feel comfortable with and confident in your hearing healthcare provider. Most of the time, these relationships end up lasting years and it is important that you feel your healthcare provider is invested in you.
Myth #6: Hearing aids are too expensive.
Unfortunately, hearing aids do come with a hefty price tag, however, there are many options to help offset that cost. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) lists many nation-wide programs that can help folks with affording hearing aids (https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/financial-assistance/).
When considering the cost of hearing aids, it is also important to consider how leaving hearing loss untreated can negatively affect one’s finances. It is estimated that the average income for households where one of the income earners has untreated hearing loss is 5-figures lower than the average household where hearing is either treated or there is no hearing loss.
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If you have questions about these or any other myths you may have heard about hearing loss, feel free to reach out to our friendly team at Hearing Group today. We look forward to an opportunity to answer all of your questions and walk with you on your journey to improved hearing.