There are 48 million individuals in Spanish Fork and throughout the country who suffer from hearing loss. Of those individuals, almost 80 percent don’t use a hearing aid. This can be for a number of reasons. Many people incorrectly think that using hearing aids will show the world that they are old. Others may think that using a hearing aid is admitting that they actually have a problem.
There are also a lot of preconceived notions about hearing aids that may prevent many from seeking treatment. Below are the common misconceptions and the truth behind each.
Top 5 Hearing Aid Misconceptions
Misconception: Hearing aids will make me look older.
Truth:Hearing aids don’t make you look older. Want to know what makes you look older? Not being able to properly hear, understand and communicate with others. If you are concerned with the appearance of the devices, many of today’s hearing instruments are so tiny they fit into your ear canal and are virtually invisible to others.
Misconception: Hearing aids aren’t worth the expense.
Truth:Can you really put a price on improving your quality of life? Research studies indicate 9 out of 10 people with hearing devices believe their quality of life has improved. Better communication is just one of the benefits of hearing devices; users report improvements in their relationships, emotional and physical wellbeing, self-confidence, sense of humor, mental and cognitive skills and sense of safety.
Misconception: Buying hearing aids from an audiologist is a waste of money when you can easily buy them from a big-box retailer or online.
Truth:While it is no secret that hearing aids can be purchased for less from a large store or online, it is important to understand what goes into the price at an audiology office. First, your trusted audiologist will perform a series of tests in order to determine your type and degree of hearing loss. This information is used to determine the best hearing aids for you. Once the correct device has been determined, your audiologist will use an extremely sensitive computer to program the device to match your degree of hearing loss. Follow-up visits will be scheduled as well. These visits give your trusted audiologist a chance to fine-tune and adjust the devices to make sure they are working well. This is also the time they would make any necessary repairs. You will never receive their level of care at a large retail store.
Misconception: The smaller the hearing aid the better.
Truth:Hearing aids have come a long way since the ones you probably remember your parents or grandparents wearing. There are some that are so small they are implanted in the ear canal, making them practically invisible. A device this small can only help those with mild hearing loss. Since these devices are so much smaller, they typically have fewer additional features and a shorter battery life. The models that work for most people are behind-the-ear and receiver-in-the-ear. While slightly more visible, they are suitable for all types of hearing loss and let the user get more from the device. The variety of hearing aid models and styles is often overwhelming; fortunately, your trusted Spanish Fork audiologist will be with you every step of the way.
Misconception: Hearing aids can actually damage your hearing.
Truth:A properly fitted and well maintained hearing aid will not cause any additional damage to your hearing.
Don’t let your fear of the unknown get in the way of improving your hearing. Contact your local Spanish Fork audiologist to get started.