People who have just discovered that they suffer from hearing loss may have certain perceptions that are incorrect about the use of hearing aids. The following myths and facts can clarify and clear up any misconceptions about the devices people may have.  

Myth 1: Hearing aids can cure a hearing loss or restore hearing

Fact: Hearings aids are not designed to restore normal hearing. The device is not a substitute for the ear and its network of nerves. However, what a hearing aid can do is amplify the sound so people can hear well. The hearing aids help people respond appropriately when conversing and hear well.  

Myth 2: Hearing aids can completely resolve communication problems for those with hearing loss

Fact: While a hearing aid will vastly improve a person’s ability to communicate, it cannot help a person surpass certain possible communication problems. For instance, people who wear hearing aids frequently have issues following conversations due to superfluous or background noise. This background noise can be really annoying in public settings and inhibit a person’s ability to talk and listen in noisy places.  

Myth 3: Hearing aids can destroy your residual hearing  

Fact: Because hearing aids are prescribed after taking into account the type of hearing loss the victim is suffering from, the hearing aid itself is meant to enhance hearing and not cause further damage. However, that being said, you still have to make sure the hearing device is well fitted, worn as it should be worn and regularly maintained. Also, do everything you can to keep your hearing device in good condition.  

Myth 4: Smaller hearing devices are technologically superior  

Fact: Both big hearing devices and small hearing aids are now designed with cutting edge technology. The two most used hearing devices are the behind-the-ear (BTE) models and the completely-in-the-canal (CIC) types. Whether or not you can wear a hearing aid that is almost invisible depends on the type of hearing loss you suffer from. Thus, the size of a hearing device does not determine how technologically advance the hearing aid is.    

Myth 5: A hearing aid is not necessary for a minor loss of hearing

Fact: It is not recommended that patients wait to obtain a hearing device until their hearing loss is intensified. Over time, the risk of a permanent distortion of sound increases. In this instance, even with hearing aid amplification, the volume denoted by a regular conversation can sound garbled. In addition, the more you delay wearing hearing aids, the worse your hearing gets.   

Myth 6: Hearing aids are not effective for certain types of hearing loss

Fact: While some people have been told that a hearing aid cannot help their type of hearing loss, such as high-frequency deafness, this statement in not true. With the advances that have been made in hearing aid technology today, hearing aids are viable solution for approximately 95 percent of the population suffering from hearing loss.  

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, but haven’t pursued treatment options, don’t wait! Schedule an appointment with a hearing care provider in your area to discuss what hearing aids are available to you and what style best suits your lifestyle needs!