The Top 8 Hearing Aid Myths
In Australia, 3.6 million people have some form of hearing loss.
Of this number, only a small percentage of these people seek treatment for their hearing loss due to common misconceptions and hearing aid myths.
If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss and have been putting off getting hearing aids because of some stories you have heard, then this article is for you.
Today, we will be discussing the top eight most common hearing aid myths and why you should get hearing aids.
Myth 1: Hearing Aids Will Restore My Hearing
People often think that hearing aids are like glasses, and once fitted, will restore their hearing to normal. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As the name implies, hearing aids are an aid.
Let’s take age-related hearing loss as an example, as it’s one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss occurs due to damage to the hair cells in the inner ear or auditory nerve and results in sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and irreversible. While hearing aids cannot restore your hearing, they can greatly improve it and, therefore, your overall quality of life.
Myth 2: Hearing Aids Will Damage My Hearing Further
Some people are worried about getting hearing aids because they do not want to damage their hearing any further. However, hearing aids fitted properly by a qualified audiologist will not damage your hearing.
Your audiologist will fit your hearing aids to your hearing loss using a scientific prescription formula. They will then go over regular cleaning and maintenance and how to wear your hearing aids to ensure they’re functioning properly.
Myth 3: My Hearing Loss is Mild, I Don’t Need a Hearing Aid
People often think that they don’t need a hearing aid as their audiogram showed that they have a mild hearing loss. However, there is no link between the level of hearing loss and communication difficulties experienced.
For example, someone may have a mild hearing loss and experience significant difficulty hearing, while someone who may have severe hearing loss and experience fewer communication difficulties.
Myth 4: There Are No Risks with Waiting to Get Hearing Aids
When diagnosed with hearing loss, people often delay treatment until they are older and think there will be no consequences. However, this isn’t true. Like with everything, early intervention is key for hearing loss. Delaying treatment for hearing loss has many risks, including:
- Auditory Deprivation: When you have untreated hearing loss, the relevant brain pathways are not receiving adequate sound stimulation and over time, your brain will allocate those resources to something else. So, by the time you get hearing aids, they will not be as effective as the pathways are no longer there to stimulate.
- Hearing Loss-Related Dementia: Delaying treatment for hearing loss can increase your risk of hearing loss-related dementia. People with untreated hearing loss often withdraw socially due to communication difficulties. This lack of social interaction can lead to dementia.
Myth 5: I Only Need Hearing Aids in Certain Environments
Many individuals think that they only need to wear their hearing aids in environments where they have difficulty hearing. This is false. You should be wearing your hearing aids consistently every day to get the best benefit from them.
If you are a first time hearing aid user, your audiologist will recommend wearing them a few hours a day in a quiet environment to get used to them. They will then encourage you to increase your wear time and the environments you wear them in.
If you only wear your hearing aids in noisy environments without getting used to them in the quiet first, it’s likely that you will find it overwhelming and get limited benefit from them.
Myth 6: Hearing Aids Are Too Expensive
A lot of people who have been diagnosed with hearing loss avoid getting hearing aids due to them being too expensive. However, hearing aids come at different price points and range from ‘essential level’ to ‘platinum level.’
While some higher level premium hearing aids may be higher in cost, there are lower-cost alternatives and your audiologist will guide you in finding a hearing aid that suits your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget.
Myth 7: Hearing Aids Are for Old People
While age-related hearing loss is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, many young people also suffer from hearing loss.
Another common cause of hearing loss is loud noise exposure, which is increasingly affecting the younger population.
Myth 8: Hearing Aids Are Big and Bulky
While once true, this is no longer the case.
Many devices today are designed with cosmetics in mind and are quite discreet. There are many different styles of hearing aids, including those that sit within the ear canal and are not visible to the naked eye. Other hearing aids sit behind the ear and are coupled to the ear by a thin and discreet wire.
In A Nutshell
After discussing the top eight common hearing aid myths, hopefully, it has given you a better understanding of hearing aids and how to get the most out of them.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, EarDeals has the best range on the market. Both high-quality and affordable, we have different hearing aid types and styles for different preferences. Visit our website to browse our range or contact us for more information.