Myth and Facts

MYTH-Hearing aids are only for old people-or they’ll make me feel old.

FACT- More than half the people with reduced hearing are under the age of 65. More and more children are being identified with hearing loss by mandatory new-born hearing screening program. Teens and young adults who blares music in the cars could be causing irreversible hearing loss that could be helped with hearing aids. Hearing aids are no longer a sign of old age. It can affect people of all ages.

MYTH-Hearing aids are big, bulky, and unsightly.

FACT: Actually it's quite the opposite. Today's hearing aids are stylish and discreet. In fact,    many people are able to wear hearing aids that are hardly noticeable.

MYTH-Hearing aids are only for people with severe hearing loss.

FACT- Hearing aids can greatly assist people with mild to moderate hearing loss, and many models are intended for just that. Even with mild hearing loss, you may be missing out on conversations with children, the sounds of birds singing, elements of your favourite music, and more. It’s also important to correct hearing loss when it first begins, for a variety of reasons. “There’s a link between hearing loss and loss of cognition. “We hear with our brains, we don’t really hear with our ears,” says the audiologist. “The ears just turn the sound into a signal that the brain can interpret. Controlling our hearing pathways also seems to help with memory, helps people connect socially, and all of those factors contribute to aging in a more graceful way. It lets you live your life on your own terms, rather than kind of shrinking away gradually into the night.

MYTH-I can’t afford hearing aids.

FACT- If you are concerned about the costs of hearing aids, you’re not alone. You should al talk with your audiologist about your concerns; he or she may know of additional, local resources. There are also programs that offer loans for the cost of hearing aids, which may be worth considering. When you pencil out the cost, think about how many conversations you’ll hear in the time that you’re making payments.

MYTH-Hearing aids can’t help with my tinnitus.

FACT- Nowadays, some hearing aids come with a special tinnitus program that provides background noise or other features to help minimize the effects of tinnitus. By reducing the effect of the tinnitus while simultaneously increasing hearing, especially through digital streaming to both ears, this technology can make an enormous difference.

MYTH-I only need one hearing aid because I only feel have hearing loss in one ear.

FACT- Sound comes from every direction. Certainly, wearing one hearing aid in the ear in which you have hearing loss will help, but two digital hearing aids will help much more than just one. The hearing aid in your “good” ear will pick up sound and stream it wirelessly to the other aid, allowing you to hear significantly better.

MYTH-Hearing aids will work perfectly right away, like putting on a pair of glasses.

FACT- Treating loss of hearing is quite a bit different than treating loss of vision, and it almost always takes a couple of sessions to get things just right. This is partly a matter of making sure the hearing aids are adjusted correctly, but also of re-training the brain to interpret and prioritize sounds. Pickup says that the biggest surprise for new hearing aid users is how noisy the world is. “It can be a little overwhelming.”

MYTH-Hearing aids will restore my hearing to normal just as an eyeglass can restore vision.

FACT- Hearing aids do not restore hearing to "normal." Just as eyeglasses do not "cure" your vision problem, hearing aids do not "cure" your hearing loss. Like eyeglasses, hearing aids provide benefit and improvement. They can improve your hearing and listening abilities and they can substantially improve your quality of life. Hearing aids cannot restore hearing nor can they prevent the progression of hearing loss.

MYTH-I only have trouble hearing certain sounds so I do not need hearing aids.

FACT- If you are missing certain sounds you have hearing loss and with today's digital hearing aids hearing care professionals are able to precisely program the hearing aids to only provide amplification at the pitches you need allowing you to use the hearing you have left but get a boost where you need it the most. Inability to hear some sounds -sh, s,th,t, etc. significantly impact your understanding of the overall word and ultimately the sentence too.