The following are some common misconceptions about hearing aids:
Myth: A hearing aid will further impair your hearing.
Fact: A well-maintained and properly fitted hearing aid will no hinder your hearing in any way.
Myth: My hearing loss is not extreme enough for a hearing aid.
Fact: Hearing loss often develops slowly. Because of this, you may not notice how bad your hearing has gotten. If loved ones are often commenting on how you cannot hear, then you should strongly consider having your hearing tested. An audiologist will be able to determine the extent of your hearing loss and what device is best suited for it.
Myth: Worn over time, a hearing aid will restore your hearing.
Fact: A hearing aid will not cure your hearing loss. When worn, they will improve your listening and communication abilities. All of which will greatly enhance your quality of life. Read more about the pros and cons of hearing aids to get a better understanding of exactly what hearing aids offer.
Myth: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary.
Fact: Many people who suffer from hearing loss believe that they have one “good” ear, but the reality is that they have two “bad” ears. When one ear functions better than the other, that ear tends to be favored. This can give the semblance that the better ear is “normal” when it isn’t necessarily true. The truth is that the majority types of hearing loss affect both ears and 90% of hearing loss sufferers need hearing aids in both ears.
Myth: Money can be saved by purchasing your hearing aid online.
Fact: Consulting with an audiologist is the only way that you can guarantee access to a quality device properly programmed for your needs (see hearing aid prices). An audiologist will also provide other services such as: a hearing evaluation, hearing aid fitting and follow-up, repair maintenance, and rehabilitation.
For additional information, read our article about hearing loss myths to learn what is real or not concerning hearing loss and its effects.