Hearing Aid Myths!
Hearing News • April, 17 2019
“Hearing aids are not just for those who are profoundly deaf. Studies have shown that hearing aids can help those experiencing mild hearing loss, providing amplification and filtering out certain sounds, helping to improve things for them.”
Steven McCluskey, Audiologist
What do you think it would be like to wear a hearing aid?
We know at Thompson Hearing Services that sometimes people suspect they have hearing loss but do nothing about it because they think they’ll have to wear a hearing aid and they have already decided that a hearing aid is not for them!
Many of the common myths surrounding hearing aids are simply not true. Here are a few examples of them:
- ‘A hearing aid will make me feel old’: technology has come a long way in the last while, so modern hearing aids come in all kinds of brilliant colours that certainly do not make the wearer feel old. Stealth hearing aids are also available so that no one needs to know you are wearing one if that’s what you’d prefer
- ‘You have to be deaf to need a hearing aid’: hearing aids are not just for those who are profoundly deaf. Studies have shown that hearing aids can help those experiencing mild hearing loss, providing amplification and filtering out certain sounds, helping to improve things for them
- ‘I’ll just get one hearing aid to save money’: even if hearing loss is more pronounced in one ear than the other it is important to get two hearing aids. This is because it can be confusing if hearing on one side sounds different from the other. Two hearing aids work together to localise the sound.
- ‘A hearing aid just makes all sounds louder’: although a hearing aid’s main job is to make sounds louder, modern hearing aids can also do more sophisticated things. For example, they measure how much amplification is needed based on sound and quality, and they can filter out some background noises too. Many hearing aids are fitted with directional microphones so it is easier to work out where a sound is coming from
- ‘A hearing aid won’t work well with my phone’: many hearing aids are Bluetooth ready, which means they can connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer
Whatever your concerns about hearing aids, don’t let that put you off seeking help or advice regarding your hearing. If you do need a hearing aid one of our excellent hearing care specialists will consider everything about your hearing and your individual needs before making a recommendation.
Why not contact us today to arrange a complimentary hearing health check.