There are a number of myths about hearing aids, and we’re going to address just a few of them in this post. We feel that when people know the truth about hearing aids, they will be more willing to get them in order to treat their hearing loss. Since it’s dangerous to allow hearing loss to go untreated, we’re excited to bust some common hearing aid myths so that more people will feel comfortable enough to get the help they need with their hearing.
Myth: Only those with severe hearing loss need hearing aids.
Just as there are different levels of vision loss, there are also different levels of hearing loss. However, if someone finds themselves squinting a little while reading, they go to get glasses or contacts to correct their minor vision problem and then go regularly to their optometrist to make sure that their vision problem isn’t getting worse and to make corrections as necessary. However, when it comes to hearing, many people wait until it becomes severe before doing anything about it.
The truth is that there are many levels of hearing loss, and different hearing aids exist to target each of those levels. There are also many benefits to correcting hearing loss as soon as possible. The primary one is that it’s your brain that does the actual hearing after your ears translate signals, and the longer you go without correcting your hearing loss, the more difficult it is for your brain to re-route the hearing pathways to get your hearing back to the way it was.
Myth: Only old people wear hearing aids.
Because hearing loss is certainly a more common problem with older people, this has led to many people feeling like wearing hearing aids means they’re old or will make them feel older than they actually are. While it’s true that there are more older people wearing hearing aids because of age-related hearing loss, the idea that only old people wear hearing aids is nothing more than a myth that we’re excited to bust.
The truth is that 65% of people with hearing loss are under the age of 65, meaning that less than half of the people wearing hearing aids are older. This is because there are a number of causes of hearing loss that affect younger people. There are people born with hearing loss that will start wearing hearing aids at a very young age, and others that are affected by disease or damaged hearing, leading to the use of hearing aids at a much younger age than most consider “normal.”
Myth: All hearing aids are ugly, big, and bulky.
This, along with the stigma that wearing hearing aids means you’re old, is the biggest reason that people go so long with untreated hearing loss. When they think of wearing hearing aids, they think of the large behind-the-ear models that can’t be missed by anyone, even at a distance. Although many of the older hearing aids were certainly big and bulky and not something anyone would want to wear as a fashion statement, hearing aids have come a long way.
It’s important for people to recognize how far hearing aid technology has come so they can see that they no longer have to wear the large behind-the-ear hearing aids that many people hate. Now, many people can wear hearing aids that are significantly smaller, such as the completely invisible-in-ear style which can’t be seen by anyone, even if they’re looking down your ear canal. Even larger models for more severe hearing loss are now being made with sleeker, stylish, and elegant designs so there’s no reason to be ashamed of them.