Common Myths

Below are links to facts about hearing aids and commonly asked questions about hearing aids which will hopefully dispel some of the myths you may have encountered.

What to Expect from a Hearing Aid

Common Myths and Reasons for Resisting Hearing Aids

 


“I’ve heard hearing aids are more trouble than they’re worth.”

The truth: Everyone’s experience is different. Your friend or your brother or your co-worker may not have gotten the results they expected, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a good solution out there for you. Old analog technology presented problems for many people, boosting all sounds without prioritizing speech. But today’s advanced digital technology has resolved many complaints about hearing aid performance, comfort and functionality have been completely resolved.

“They’re too expensive.”

The truth: It’s true that hearing aids are a significant investment, and lack of insurance reimbursement can be a barrier. But given the improvement they make in quality of life, productivity and earning potential on the job, the money spent can be more than worth it. Prices vary among hearing styles, models and providers, so it pays to discuss all your options with a trained hearing professional.

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“They’ll make me look old!”

The truth: In the past, the idea of wearing hearing aids was like admitting old age — a concept many find hard to accept in our youth-loving culture. This perception is changing as more baby boomers seek help for hearing at a younger age.

Today’s new hearing aid styles and colors are smaller and more discreet than ever before, with many models designed to be invisible when worn. Manufacturers make hearing aids in a wide palette of colors to either blend with hair and skin tones or to stand out as fashionably-colored electronic communications accessories similar to Bluetooth® phone accessories. The bottom line is that hearing loss is much more obvious than your hearing aids will ever be, and accepting the help that today’s advanced devices offer can keep you as young as you feel.

“They’re hard to use.”

The truth: While today’s hearing aids are more advanced than ever before, they are actually easier to use. They can be programmed to your hearing preferences for different environments and will automatically adjust, so you can move from one environment to another without manually changing your settings. Whether you’re in a large group, an intimate conversation, or an outdoor setting, you’re appropriately tuned in. For those who want manual control, new features like touch technology can make it easy by doing away with cumbersome buttons and knobs.

“They make background noise too loud.”

The truth: Amplified background noise used to be a primary complaint among hearing aid wearers. That’s because analog hearing aids amplified all sounds equally, making background noises uncomfortably loud.

Today, digital signal processing, directional microphones and noise cancellation features designed to distinguish speech from noise work much harder to amplify the sounds you want to hear and decrease the volume on background noise. Some hearing aid manufacturers offer aggressive noise suppression features—that do not degrade speech quality or understanding—to improve your ability to hear speech in noisy environments.

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“They make that annoying whistling noise.”

The truth: Hearing aids now feature sophisticated technology that virtually eliminates annoying high-pitched screeching or whistling commonly known as feedback. Audible feedback occurs when the output of the receiver leaks out of the ear canal and enters the microphone of the hearing aid, where it is re-amplified along with all the other sounds entering the microphone. Digital signal processing effectively minimizes or eliminates high-pitched feedback before it happens by recognizing and canceling feedback instantaneously.

Other causes of feedback: When something gets too close to the vent in a hearing aid—like a hand, a lock of hair, a hat or a hug—it blocks the sound coming out of the vent and sends it back to the microphone. A hearing aid that fits improperly, has faulty components or needs adjustments can cause feedback problems. Earwax in the ear canal will also cause feedback if sound bounces off the earwax and back into the hearing aid microphone.

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“My hearing isn’t that bad.”

 


If any of the above “reasons” have been preventing you from trying hearing aids, keep reading!


“I’ve heard hearing aids are more trouble than they’re worth.”

Today’s hearing aids are much different than even a few years ago.  Technology is always changing to improve the ease of use of hearing aids.  Aids today are mostly automatic; minimal to no adjusting is required during use.  Just put them on in the morning and wear them all day without needing to touch them at all.   We can even wirelessly connect your new hearing aids to television, music players, and telephones to maximize the use of these devices.

“They’re too expensive.”

As technology improves, also can the price!  Affordable devices are available in all styles of hearing aids to accommodate any budget.  Our office also can provide you with payment plan options to minimize the initial expense.

“They’ll make me look old!”

                        Most hearing aids today are nearly invisible!  The only way people will know you are wearing them is if you tell them.

 

“They’re hard to use.”

                        Hearing aids today have many automatic features. No fidgeting with volume or dealing with that annoying ‘whistling” feedback.

 

“They make background noise too loud.”

                        Hearing aid companies have focused all their energy into reducing this common complaint of hearing aid users.  New noise reduction strategies have been developed to reduce background noise and maximize speech in noisier everyday environments.

 

“They make that annoying whistling noise.”

                        This “whistling” is called feedback. Specialized features have been developed to eliminate feedback for today’s hearing aid users.  If you hear feedback, adjustments can be made to the aids to stop it.

 

“My hearing isn’t that bad.”

            Do you feel as if others mumble when they speak?  Do family and friends often have to repeat themselves when speaking to you?  Is your television turned up too loud for other family members at your home?  Is it difficult to hear women’s and/or children’s voices? Do you feel fatigued after being in a group environment?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it is time to have a hearing test and evaluate the degree and type of hearing loss you are experiencing.    You should not have to “work” or feel frustrated in order to hear!

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