Do you sometimes have trouble understanding what those around you are saying, particularly in noisy places such as restaurants, cafes, and sporting events? Do you find yourself repeatedly reaching for the remote control to turn the volume up on your television? Or have you recently heard from a medical professional that you have hearing loss? If so, you’re in good company. More than 28.8 million adults in the United States have a condition that would benefit from the use of hearing aids. Read on for our take on the five most common myths about hearing aids and hearing loss.
Myth #1: It’s fine to delay treatment
Many patients mistakenly think that delaying treatment for hearing loss won’t have any long-term or major consequences — they couldn’t be more incorrect. When you lose the ability to hear specific sounds and ranges, it impacts your ability to hear those sounds, even with a hearing aid — sound deprivation can actually cause permanent hearing loss. It’s critical to get regular checkups and to stay on top of potential hearing loss before it can no longer be reversed.
Myth #2: My hearing loss is too severe to be helped by hearing aids
Hearing aid technology has greatly developed over the years. There are more conditions that can be addressed with modern hearing aids than ever. The only way to know what treatments are available and appropriate for your condition is to speak with a physician or licensed medical professional who can provide a proper diagnosis and develop a personalized medical plan to address your specific type of hearing loss.
Myth #3: I have one good ear — that’s more than enough!
If you can hear well out of one ear but not the other, you probably still need treatment. Unilateral hearing loss often leads to difficulties understanding speech and identifying where sounds are coming from.
Myth #4 Hearing aids are conspicuous and uncomfortable
Over the past few years, tons of new hearing aid models have been introduced, and there are now several models to choose from. There are small in-ear and larger external options. Many users find that the smaller in-ear options are no more obvious than earbud-style headphones.
Myth #5: Hearing aids make you look old
Some modern hearing aids are so small they’re virtually impossible to see when worn as designed. If you’re really worried about looking old, opt for a hearing aid that couples to your smartphone, letting you tweak the settings and change the volume remotely.
There are many misconceptions when it comes to hearing aids. Fortunately, with the help of our myth-busting, you have a better idea of how hearing aids can help you. To learn more about hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with us to discuss getting your own, contact Paradise Hearing Arizona today.