Common myths about hearing aids

Hearing aids improve the quality of life for our patients. People who wear hearing aids report to us that they are more active, happier and more connected to friends and family because of their improved hearing abilities. Despite the benefits of hearing aids, many people still carry some common misconceptions or “myths” about hearing aids. It’s time to debunk some of these myths.

  • Myth 1: Mild hearing loss does not require a hearing aid.

    Not true. Everyone’s hearing loss is different. A hearing care professional can help diagnose your symptoms and determine the impact a hearing aid would have. According to an article on Health After 50, only one in seven people age 50 and over that would benefit from a hearing aid actually use one. When hearing loss is left untreated, other problems can develop such as cognitive decline, depression from avoiding social activity, balance issues and even safety becomes a concern. Quality of life decreases the less we are able to hear and interact with our friends and family.

  • Myth 2: Buying a listening device online will be just fine.

    Not true. Hearing aids are sophisticated medical devices. No two patients’ hearing and listening needs are alike and hearing care professionals consider hearing loss and lifestyle needs when selecting a hearing aid. On top of that, each hearing aid should be properly fitted and follow up care by a professional helps ensure the hearing aid is well maintained and working properly.

  • Myth 3: Hearing aids are bulky and uncomfortable.

    Not true. Hearing aid technology continues to improve every year giving you more options to fit your needs and lifestyle. There are many types and styles of hearing aids; different sizes and colors and even some that are invisible. A hearing care professional not only recommends what would meet your needs best, but also ensures a proper fit for comfort.

All myths aside, for those with hearing loss, hearing aids have always been important for maintaining hearing health and quality of life.