Top Five Hearing Aid Myths

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Top Five Hearing Aid Myths

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that 17 percent of American adults, 36 million people, report some degree of hearing loss. Hearing devices improve the lives of millions of people with hearing loss around the world, so we figured it was time to discredit the top five hearing aid myths out there!





1)Hearing aids only come in one size – too big!

Today’s hearing aids are stylish and discreet. In fact, many people are able to wear hearing aids that are hardly noticeable.

There are many different types available. They range from the smallest in-the-ear (ITE) models, which are tucked inside the ear canal, to the larger behind-the-ear (BTE) models, which are larger and easier to use.


2) My hearing is not that bad, one hearing aid is enough!

We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and about 90% of patients are in need of hearing aids for both ears.


3) Hearing aids are only for senior citizens.

Only 35% of people with hearing loss are older than age 64. There are close to six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and more than one million are school age. Hearing loss affects all age groups.


4) Purchasing Online hearing aids are cheaper and will save me time!

By working with a licensed hearing professional, you are purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed


5) My friend didn’t have any luck with her hearing aids, so I probably won’t!

There are many factors that come into play when fitting hearing aids and therefore everyone’s experience is different. Every person has a different hearing loss, different size ear canals, different hearing aid technology, etc.

Only a hearing professional can say for sure what treatment option is the best.

Summary of article that was Summarized contributed by Lauren Clason, a staff writer for Healthy Hearing.