Myths About Hearing Aids
A hearing aid is an electronic device that provides sound amplification for people with a hearing impairment. It's important to know that hearing aids are not perfect: they can't restore normal hearing, and often there are side effects such as feedback and noise cancellation. However, when used appropriately for the person's needs in conjunction with other adaptive devices like TTYs or mobile phones; they can be invaluable tools in enhancing the quality of life. There are many misconceptions about what hearing aid is, some of which are listed below.
All Hearing Aids Are the Same
Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and costs. The range is so wide that it can be difficult to choose what's best for your needs. It is important to remember that hearing loss varies from person to person. For example, someone with a minor hearing loss might find that using a standard earmold works best for their needs. However, someone with more severe hearing loss may need aid with multiple features like directional microphones to help align sounds and increase volume where necessary. The good news is that the latest technology allows the wearer to customize their listening experience based on their preferences and lifestyles through programming, technology, and features.
Hearing Aids Make Everything Louder
The first common myth about hearing aids is that they make every sound louder. While a hearing aid may amplify sound, it doesn't necessarily do so to the same degree for every noise. For example, in situations with a great deal of background noise (such as in a restaurant), a hearing aid may amplify the voice of a person who is speaking near you while simultaneously reducing noise from other parts of the room. In this way, your brain can better focus on understanding what the person next to you is saying instead of getting distracted and overwhelmed by every other sound in the restaurant.
Newer technologies have made it even easier for a hearing aid to be more focused on the conversation you want to have. At Re-Sound, we call this feature Directional Focus, which allows a hearing aid to rely more heavily on the sounds coming from your left or right. As a result, it can amplify speech in these directions while reducing background noise that might get in the way of communication. It's an effective and discreet way of separating noise so you can get the most out of every conversation.
This technology is why the latest Re-Sound hearing aids are so effective at helping you focus on what's important in a conversation. For example, if your food arrives during a conversation and it sounds like there's an explosion in the restaurant, instead of getting distracted and overwhelmed by every other sound in the restaurant, you can hear all the sharper details of the conversation you're having, even while enjoying your food.
However, hearing aids aren't just for people who have trouble with hearing—they can be a big help to anyone whose lifestyle is becoming more active. While the latest Hearing Aids are useful in almost any situation where clear listening is important, they are very helpful for sports enthusiasts and professionals of all kinds. Here are just a few examples of how:
The range of sounds that can be heard with the correct Hearing Aids is amazing. People who have used them report being able to hear things like crickets and birds singing, details in conversations, and even "whisper" conversations between people speaking at low volumes or from behind closed doors. It's even possible to hear what song is playing on a radio or television, and to tell if a saxophone solo is by John Coltrane—or one of his contemporaries!
This increased ability to hear takes some getting used to since most people who have trouble with hearing have not heard many ordinary sounds for long periods. The increased clarity of ordinary sounds can even make some people uncomfortable and send them into withdrawal or a state of shock for a few hours when they first put on Hearing Aids. It's natural to feel somewhat disoriented at first, especially if you have heard only muffled noises for many years.
Some audiologists recommend that new users keep the volume turned down too low at first. This is not a good idea because your brain has learned to filter out sounds that are in the frequencies and volumes you can no longer hear. In other words, if you have a lot of trouble hearing high-pitched sounds (like women's voices) or certain soft-spoken men, you may learn to ignore these sounds altogether. This may seem like a good idea because you don't want to be bothered by sounds you can't hear, but it's a bad habit that will hold back your progress in adjusting to Hearing Aids. It's better to learn to understand all the different sounds you hear.
Hearing Aids Can Make You Look Old
Not true. New technology and a variety of styles mean hearing aids in 2016 are more discreet than ever before. The mini ear-canal style, for example, is barely visible in your ear. And while the growing popularity of invisible (or "invisible-ish") hearing aid models like the new Re-Sound LiNX2 is a sign of the times, they're still not a good option for everyone.
Hearing Aids are Dispensed by Audiologists
The truth is that you can purchase hearing aids at your local pharmacy or drug store without even visiting an audiologist's office. You'll need to take certain precautions when purchasing online, though, because almost anything goes in the world of online shopping. For example, it's possible to find hearing aids that claim to amplify sounds up to 100 decibels on certain websites. But these devices aren't capable of producing the type of sound amplification you'll need for day-to-day situations.
Hearing Aids Cost Too Much
Most people think hearing aids cost thousands of dollars, but in reality, they can be purchased for less than $1,000 with a little bit of shopping around. Of course, it's important to buy your hearing aids from an accredited audiologist if you want to make sure you're getting the best possible product available on the market.
I don't Have a Hearing Problem, so why should I wear them?
Some people wear hearing aids simply because it's the cool thing to do these days. They like the way they look and they enjoy being able to hear sounds crisper than ever before. If you're not yet convinced that this is for every person, consider that hearing loss is robbing you of the ability to hear conversations around you, especially those that are nearby.
Some people with hearing loss don't realize how much they rely on lipreading until they start wearing hearing aids. Other people who wear them find that it enhances their enjoyment during conversations because they can understand what others have to say instead of just sifting through the jumble of words.
Hearing aids are not a cure for hearing loss. If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, it is important to know that your brain will need time to process the sounds coming in through the aid and adjust accordingly. The best thing you can do while waiting for this adjustment period gets out there and enjoy life! Make sure you wear your new device properly, take care of them as if they were an extension of yourself (because after all, they are!), don’t be afraid to ask questions from professionals who work with people living with hearing loss every day, and talk about how much better things sound now that you have some help on board! You deserve a great quality of life; permit yourself today so tomorrow isn't.