Myths & Facts About Hearing Aids

Friday, May 21st, 2021

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Myth: Hearing aids restore hearing to normal just as an eyeglass prescription can restore vision to 20/20.
Fact: Hearing aids do not “cure” hearing loss, but they provide benefit and improve communication. They can improve hearing and listening abilities and quality of life.

Myth: You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online.
Fact: By working with an audiologist, you are purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed. Other professional care includes:

• Full hearing evaluation
• Hearing aid evaluation
• Proper fitting of hearing aid
• Instruction on proper use and care of the hearing aid
• Follow-up care and support
• Repair services
• Rehabilitation services
• Referral for medical treatment (if needed)

Myth: A hearing aid will damage your hearing.
Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing.

Myth: Mild hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.
Fact: Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. Our audiologists will work with you to determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing.

Myth: Wearing a hearing aid in both ears is not necessary.
Fact: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with one.

Myth: The invisible hearing aids worn in the ear are the best hearing aids to purchase.
Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids, and all are “state-of-the-art.” What is most important is that you purchase a hearing aid that accommodates your hearing loss and your listening needs.