More and more people are finding sound through the use of hearing aids. Whether a person is born with hearing loss or losses it over time, science has provided an opportunity to hear the world again, or even for the first time. Moreover, while these tiny miracles are not to be taken for granted, there are misconceptions about hearing aids that can cause disappointment and confusion. Continue reading to learn about some common misconceptions regarding hearing aids and the truth behind them.
Before we examine the misconceptions of hearing aids, it is important to understand hearing loss as a whole and how it may occur. Hearing loss may occur either at birth, which is congenital, or after birth, which is acquired. Several factors may contribute to both types of loss. When dealing with congenital hearing loss, the loss may be due to genetics or external factors, such as illness in the mother during pregnancy, exposure to toxins, low weight, or even issues during labor. Acquired hearing loss may be the result of toxins that affect the ears, excessive ear infections, constant exposure to loud noise, or even illness.
Fixing the Misconception
The number one misconception about hearing aids is that they are a cure-all to fix hearing back to normal. This is simply untrue. Hearing aids help you improve your communication. You will not be cured. They are a permanent fixture to help you hear better, however, you will not be cured or 100% restored. On the opposing side, some people believe a hearing aid will actually damage hearing. The truth is, if you are properly fitted for an appropriate hearing aid, your hearing will not be any more damaged than it already is.
Another common misconception is that slight hearing loss does not warrant a hearing aid. The truth is, that is not something that can be determined without the help of a specialist. A hearing aid may be able to help the person with the slightest hearing loss. However, that can only be determined when working with a specialist that understands the ear and how hearing aids work. This leads to the other common misconception that buying a hearing aid online will save time and money. Many of the devices on line are simply personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), which are not programmed to your specific hearing loss. If it is a legitimate hearing aid, an ill fitted hearing aid can cause hearing damage and a specialist is needed to personalize the instrument to your hearing loss and your hearing needs. Then buying a hearing aid online can cost you more time and money in the long run by causing you to fix the damage done by an ill-advised shopping choice. We have seen many examples of this.
Finally, many people believe the invisible hearing aid is the best option. However, that may not always be the case. All hearing aids with up to date technologies are the best science has to offer, but they do not all help with the same degree of issues. Working with a specialist will help you determine what is best suited for your hearing needs.
The most important rule when dealing with hearing aids is to never make a purchasing decision without the help of a trained specialist who understands hearing issues and can properly fit you for the best hearing aid for your hearing needs. To start on your journey to better hearing, contact Hearing of America at (651) 528-7868. We offer the most knowledgeable personal consultation and education.