Hear What Youâ€™ve Been Missing: 10 Myths About Hearing Aids
Myth 1 I have a type of hearing loss that cannot be helped.
Myth 2 Hearing loss only affects old people; it’s a sign of aging.
The fact of the matter is, with modern technology, nearly 95 percent of all types of hearing loss benefit from hearing aids. Whether you have trouble hearing in only one ear, high frequencies or you have inner ear nerve damage, there are solutions that an experienced hearing specialist can help you find.
Again, the statistics are against you; one million people in the United States that suffer from hearing loss are under the age of 18 and over six million are between the ages of 18-44. In fact, hearing aid users over the age of 64 only account for 35 percent of the hearing aid population.
Myth 3 My hearing loss is normal for my age and it’s not serious enough for a hearing aid. Just as the way we listen to music has progressed from large vinyl records to tiny mp3 players, the world of hearing aids is much-changed and should not be compared to hearing aids of the past. So, here are some facts to drown out the myths and help you discover a better way to hear the music.
There are lots of things that happen naturally that can be helped. It’s normal for a basketball player to injure his knees, but he still needs them treated to get back in the game. Though many people do experience some hearing loss as they get older, it doesn’t mean that they should have to miss out on their life! Only you can decide if your hearing loss is serious enough for a hearing aid. But missing what your friends and family are saying or the punchline to even one joke is reason enough to consider a screening.
Myth 5 I have one ear that’s down a little, but the other one is just fine. Just because one of your ears seems stronger than the other, doesn’t mean the better ear is “okay.” It probably just means you’ve lost slightly less hearing in that ear than the other. Truthfully, about 90 percent of patients need hearing aids for both ears. Again, an experienced hearing specialist can help you find the levels of loss in each of your ears and the best way to help your hearing.
“Ninety-five percent of all types of hearing loss benefit from hearing aids.”
Myth 6 Wearing a hearing aid will make me look “old” or “handicapped.”
Myth 4 If I had hearing loss, my family doctor would have told me. Let’s look at this in two ways. First of all, only 13 percent of all family physicians even screen for hearing loss during normal check-ups. Secondly, think about where and when your hearing loss most affects you – probably in crowded and loud areas. A quiet and controlled environment, like a doctor’s office,
would make it incredibly difficult for your healthcare provider to detect the signs of hearing loss that prompt a screening. Losing your hearing is not something that you need a doctor to tell you; you notice it in your daily life. Contact an experienced hearing specialist to help you find the right solution.
Modern hearing aids are so small and discreet, the casual observer never notices them. Unless your social interaction is based in people closely examining the inside of your ear, you won’t have to worry about your hearing aid negatively affecting your social life. However, answering a question incorrectly or repeatedly asking people to speak up will probably make you appear “older” than a barely visible hearing aid.
“...only 5 to 10 percent of hearing loss cases can be treated through surgery.”
Myth 7 Having things sound a bit too soft is better than everything sounding way too loud. Just as modern technology has made hearing aids virtually invisible, it also has made them much more efficient. While earlier hearing aids featured a volume control that would turn everything up or down, most modern hearing aids don’t even have a volume control. Instead, advanced hearing aids can automatically sense what needs to be amplified, like soft speech, and what doesn’t, like police sirens.
Myth 8 I’ll just have some minor surgery to simply fix my hearing. Unfortunately, in adults, only 5 to 10 percent of hearing loss cases can be treated through surgery. Though rare types of hearing disabilities and many children born with hearing loss can be treated with surgery, the most effective way is through modern hearing aids.
Myth 9 I’ve gone this long without hearing aids, what’s the rush? Your hearing loss will probably just keep getting worse – why would you want that? Not only will life become harder and harder to hear, the longer you wait the more you may suffer from phonemic regression. Phonemic regression is the effect of mishearing daily sounds and conversation for so long that your inner ear begins to permanently distort them and lose its ability to recognize the familiar sound. This is something that a hearing aid will not be able to improve. So, if you treat your hearing loss sooner rather than later, you probably will never be affected by phonemic regression – that’s the rush!
Myth 10 It doesn’t really matter where I get my hearing aids, and I can probably save money if I buy them online. Though it would be nice, one hearing aid does not fit all! There are many different types of hearing aids that are more or less effective for different types of hearing loss. An experienced hearing specialist can help you decide which kind of hearing aid is best for you depending on your personalized hearing evaluation. Having a professional’s guidence through this important decision is vital to making the best choice.
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Bibliography Hearing and Hearing Loss. Sound Advice: Your Guide to Better Hearing, 1 (6), 16-17.
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