Hearing Loss Myths

Over the last few decades there have been huge advances in both our understanding of hearing loss and the technology used to solve hearing problems. Unfortunately, most people’s assumptions about their hearing are outdated or simply incorrect.

Before you put off treatment for another day, discover the truth about hearing loss.

MYTH 1: I’d know it if I had hearing loss.
Fact: The truth is, hearing loss is so gradual that you probably won’t even notice it. That’s why denial is the most common reaction, followed by the blaming of others for mumbling or keeping the TV volume too low. People tend to be stubborn, but the fact is, if your friends or family members are telling you that you have hearing loss, you probably do — especially when you consider your odds of having hearing loss are 1 in 5.

Also remember that people without hearing loss don’t need to convince others that they can hear fine, so if you’ve been told that you need a hearing test, you should probably get one.

MYTH 2: It’s not worth the trouble to improve my hearing.
Fact: Maybe to you it isn’t worth it, but just ask the people around you how they feel. It can drive your family nuts when they constantly have to repeat themselves or be driven out of the room by the volume of the TV. Hearing loss can lead to frustration, social withdrawal, and depression — even dementia. The best solution is to deal with hearing loss rather than act like it’s not a problem.

MYTH 3: It doesn’t matter if I put off getting hearing aids.
Fact: Here’s the thing about hearing loss: it WILL get worse over time. Researchers even have a name for this: they call it auditory deprivation. What it means is that the longer you ignore your hearing loss, the more hearing you’ll lose that can never be recovered. Hearing aids can help, but only if you have enough hearing left to be saved.

MYTH 4: If you’re hearing impaired, it’s just a matter of turning up the volume.
Fact: Sure, you can take that approach. But don’t expect to have the best relationships. When people know they’ll constantly have to repeat themselves, they tend to save themselves the trouble by avoiding you.

The right way to turn up the volume is with the use of professionally programmed hearing aids, so that you don’t have to turn up the volume on everyone else. Keep in mind that people resent being burdened when they know that someone could just as easily help themselves.

MYTH 5: Hearing aids won’t work for me.
Fact: Hearing aids work for almost everyone, but only if you use the right technology with the right settings. Sure, if you buy a $200 pair of hearing aids online without any customization, then yes, hearing aids probably won’t work for you.

On the other hand, if you work with your audiologist to find the right hearing aid programmed for your specific hearing loss (like a pair of fine-tuned prescription glasses), your hearing aids are almost certainly going to work.

MYTH 6: Wearing hearing aids will make me seem older.
Fact: That depends. Wearing outdated and ineffective hearing aids might make you seem out-of-touch, whereas wearing the newest digital hearing aid technology will likely make you look up-to-date and informed. The newest models are sleek and small, with some models that can even fit completely inside the ear canal, making them nearly invisible.

Not to mention, if people don’t have to keep repeating themselves to you, they’ll be more than happy to see you no matter what you’re wearing.

MYTH 7: I can save money by just getting one hearing aid.
Fact: You can save money by getting one hearing aid or one shoe, but we wouldn’t recommend it. If you have hearing loss in both ears, you need two hearing aids, for the same reason that you have two ears. You use both ears to locate the source of sounds, to maintain balance, and to hear sound clearly regardless of the direction it’s coming from.

If you have hearing loss in both ears, and you’re serious about improving your hearing, get two hearing aids.

MYTH 8: Hearing aids are expensive.
Fact: Some flat-screen Ultra-High Definition TVs retail for more than $8,000, but the millions of people who buy these don’t think they are too expensive. It’s all about value. How much you spend relative to the benefit.

Sure, you could buy a tin can for a few cents but it’s not going to help much. Or you can get the hearing aid that meets your needs, is matched to your hearing needs and lifestyle, and provides you with a better life. We can work within your budget to find the best hearing aid options.