Myths about Hearing Aids
Post on 18th October 2018
Myths about Hearing Aids
Like most medical treatments and devices, hearing aids come with their fair share of horror stories, which is why people may be reluctant to even have their hearing tested, never mind get a hearing aid fitted. But the truth is, despite the scary stories, a hearing aid can really transform the life of a person whose hearing is deteriorating and whilst daunting, isn’t something that should be feared. We have busted a few myths you might have heard about hearing aids in the past.
You can save time and money simply by buying a set of hearing aids in a store or online
The truth is, everyone’s hearing issues are different and will need to be treated in different ways. Not every hearing aid will work for every person, so it is important that you visit a hearing aid audiologist, discuss your symptoms and take the time to have your hearing aid fitted properly to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best for you. Whilst it may be more cost effective to simply buy your own online, paying that little bit extra will be more effective in the long run.
Hearing aids are for older people or the elderly
Hearing loss affects people of all ages and in fact, according to the Better Hearing Institute, only 35% of people with hearing loss and in need of a hearing aid are over the age of 65. Whilst it may be common to associate hearing deterioration with age, this is simply a myth. If you are having hearing trouble and are considered to be of a ‘young age’, don’t think that you are alone in this. Hearing loss is not necessarily a sign of aging.
Hearing loss is normal at my age
Again, age and hearing loss are not relative and just because you are entering the later stages of your life, doesn’t mean you should have to put up with being hard of hearing. Although not uncommon, is it not a ‘normal’ thing that should be left untreated as you age, and you still deserve treatment to help improve your hearing.
Hearing aids are only for people with serious hearing loss
No matter what stage of hearing loss you are experiencing, there is effective treatment available to you. The need for a hearing aid doesn’t just depend on the severity of your hearing issues, it depends on your lifestyle, your need for refined hearing. Depending on your job and pastimes, it can sometimes be hard to tolerate even the mildest of hearing loss – so if you are struggling with your hearing, get it checked out regardless.
Hearing aids look unattractive and bulky
With today’s technological advancements, hearing aids that sit discreetly in a person’s ear are now more available than ever, so there is no need to avoid having a hearing aid fitted simply because you don’t want it to be too visible. Even if your hearing aid is slightly noticeable, it’s important to remember that untreated hearing loss is a lot more obvious.
I only need one hearing aid
As a money saving technique, some people may consider purchasing just one hearing aid to assist their overall hearing experience. The reality is, you need two hearing aids. There is a reason we have two ears and if you’re suffering hearing loss, it’s likely that both ears are affected. Hearing well in just one ear and not the other will mean you won’t be able to correctly determine which direction sounds are coming from.
For more information on hearing aids, getting your hearing checked or having hearing aids fitted, head to our hearing health check page.