There are numerous myths about hearing aids. These misconceptions often contribute to a delay in seeking treatment for hearing loss. It takes an average of 7 years for people to address the changes they experience to their hearing health from the onset of symptoms. Today’s hearing aids have experienced significant innovations over recent years. There is such a wide range of options that offer an array of colors, styles, and features designed to easily integrate into one’s daily life. If you are considering hearing aids, it is important to challenge what you think you know about these devices and welcome new information that can motivate you to invest in transforming your health.
Myth: hearing aids are only for older adults.
One of the most common misconceptions about hearing aids is that they are for and only worn by older adults but hearing loss actually impacts people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.
While age-related hearing loss is pervasive, there are other causes of hearing loss that affect everyone. This includes loud noise, a common cause of hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damaged hair cells in the inner ear. One-time or consistent exposure to loud noise can cause these sensory cells to lose sensitivity and die. This prevents them from sending important sound information to the brain which then produces a hearing loss. So hearing aids are used to treat hearing loss caused by various factors that impact people of all ages.
Myth: hearing aids are too big and noticeable.
When people imagine hearing aids, they often picture a bulky device worn behind the ear. People can be deterred by this unappealing and all too noticeable device. But hearing aids have changed substantially over the years, and like most electronic devices, have benefitted from advancements in technology. Today’s hearing aids are more varied, savvier, and sleeker than ever before. In addition to behind-the-ear types of hearing aids, some devices are designed to be worn completely in the ear. These small hearing aids are completely invisible to others, offering a discreet option. There are various styles, colors, and sizes to choose from that it can be overwhelming to navigate your choices.
Myth: hearing aids are outdated devices.
Technological advancements have changed the landscape of the hearing aid industry. In this increasingly digital age, hearing aids have caught up and are highly sophisticated devices. They offer a range of technologies and features that maximize sound quality, connectivity, and listening experiences. This includes features like wireless connectivity which allows hearing aids to sync with other electronic devices and stream audio directly, digital noise reduction, tinnitus masking features, and voice recognition technology.
Additionally, many of the industry’s leading brands produce hearing aids that are accompanied by smartphone apps and virtual assistants. This allows wearers to conveniently manage hearing aid settings on their phones as well as access support easily. There is also a suite of innovative hearing aid accessories that not only support hearing but also support effective integration of your device.
Myth: hearing aids are only for severe hearing loss.
It can be easy to think that because you can still hear that your hearing loss is not serious or bad enough to seek medical care. But early signs of hearing loss often include still being able to hear, just not as clearly. It is important to know that hearing loss exists on a spectrum – from mild to severe. Symptoms that are left untreated can worsen hearing impairment over time. Hearing aids are made to address all degrees of hearing loss, from the mildest to the most severe. These devices are designed to maximize your hearing capacity, allowing you to better process and understand speech as well as sound.
Hearing aids are an investment in your health, wellness, and quality of life. Contact us to learn more about how you can best navigate your options.