When it comes to myths about hearing aids, there are a lot of them, which is why we’re writing about it again. To read our first post about hearing aid myths, click here. Knowing the myths and actual truths about hearing aids is important for understanding that they really can help you if you’re suffering from hearing loss.
Myth 1: Everything will be too loud with hearing aids.
This was true in the past, when many hearing aids were “all or nothing” solutions and when people weren’t able to carefully adjust the sound levels. This left people stuck with making the decision of hearing everything much too loudly and not hearing anything.
However, with modern hearing aids, this idea that everything will be too loud with hearing aids is simply a myth. Now, hearing aids are able to be fine-tuned and carefully adjusted to match the situation, which means you can always keep the sound level right where you want it. Since many hearing aids come with exterior controls, it’s easier than ever to carefully adjust your hearing aids as needed.
Myth 2: You’ll hear perfectly as soon as you put your hearing aids in.
This myth has arisen because many people view hearing loss the same way they do vision loss. However, the two are very different which has led many people to be disappointed when they first get hearing aids because they aren’t immediately able to hear perfectly as they had expected. There are several reasons hearing aids don’t work as quickly as people think they should.
First of all, hearing aids are electronic devices that have different settings and capabilities which means that they usually need to be adjusted a few times before they work perfectly. The other reason is that your brain may have lost some of its ability to interpret sounds and so it has to re-learn certain sounds, which takes some time. If you find your hearing isn’t where you’d like it right after you get hearing aids, give it some time.
Myth 3: Hearing aids won’t help with tinnitus.
Although this may have been true in the past, this is another area in which hearing aid technology continues to advance. Hearing aids alone can help to reduce tinnitus because when you can hear background noises better, it helps you ignore or even eliminates the ringing in your ears.
If regular hearing aids aren’t enough to help with your tinnitus, there’s still no reason for you to be suffering since there are many hearing aids available that have features designed specifically to reduce the severity of tinnitus. Some hearing aids, in fact, are made for tinnitus. These work by providing you with some light sounds such as white noise that can help minimize the ringing in your ears.
Myth 4: Hearing aid specialists are basically just used car salesmen.
This is one myth that could be true, depending on where you go to get hearing aids. There are a number of roles within the hearing aid industry, and each one requires a different level of education, so it’s important to make sure you ask plenty of questions before you buy hearing aids from just anyone. In our experience you can usually tell what motivates the person that is working with you and your hearing loss. If money is the only motivating factor, the education level shouldn’t be a factor, you should seek help elsewhere. You want to make sure that you’re working with a person who’s motivation is your better hearing. Ask about their professional experience, particularly with your type of hearing loss. You should also find out more about the way they approach treating hearing loss to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the hearing center you’re going to. Avoid places that tend to be all about the numbers. The closing rates, the average sales price. Places that are less concerned about helping people and more concerned about the bottom line.