Correcting Misconceptions Regarding Hearing Aids

When the vast majority of the population think of hearing aids, they immediately envision bulky beige boxes setting behind the outer ears. The thought alone causes many to hesitate scheduling a hearing test when hearing changes occur. This is just one misconception that adds to number of people who neglect their hearing.

Many New Options

That traditional style remains an option, but has been improved to be thinner and smaller for comfort and reduced appearance. There are also other options that are only partially visible, and some that are barely visible. Methods for fitting devices have also improved due to technical advances.

Major Expense

People also believe that all devices are extremely expensive. That is a common misconception that also leads to hearing neglect. The first concept to grasp is that every hearing loss or change does not automatically required devices. Hearing loss due to wax buildup, for example, may be a temporary situation. It is also possible that only one hearing aid is needed to correct nerve deafness or damage to the ear.

Loss can even be due to infection. In some cases, once the infection is treated the hearing returns to normal. The only way to determine the cause and degree of loss is by taking a simple hearing test. The cost is nominal and may be covered by some insurance policies. Most centers that provide hearing devices offer free evaluations to patients who are referred for devices.

At this point very little money has been spent. Many manufacturers produce different lines of devices so there are options to accommodate any budget. Professionals will work with patients to find a suitable device that suits both the needs and the budgets.

Another Misconception

Hearing devices are not like prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. A change in prescription does not necessarily mean paying for another hearing aid. Digital technology has advanced to the point where devices can be adjusted to respond to changes in prescription. There are limitations to that capability, but most patients do not need replacement devices for years, if at all.

Research devices online, consult a hearing professional, or speak to those you know who wear devices to educate yourself regarding modern testing, processes, and types of aids. Make an appointment to get hearing tested and go from there. Neglecting hearing will not make the issue go away, it will only make it worse.