Did you know that 48 million people in Las Vegas and around the country suffer from hearing loss? Almost 80 percent of these individuals don’t use their hearing aids. But why? If you have a device that can help improve your quality of life, why would you let it sit in a drawer?
Turns out, many people believe the misconceptions they have heard about hearing aids that either prevent them purchasing a pair or stops them from wearing the ones they already have.
Common Hearing Aid Misconceptions
Myth: Buying a hearing aid from an audiologist is a waste of money when you can just buy one from a big-box retailer or online.
Fact: While it is true that hearing aids are generally less expensive when purchased from a large retailer or online, there are some major downfalls. When you visit your Las Vegas audiologist for your hearing health care needs they will first perform a series of tests, the results of which are used to determine the Best hearing aid brands for your type and degree of hearing loss.
Your audiologist will then use an extremely sensitive computer to program the devices to match your specific type of hearing loss. Once the hearing aid is programed, follow-up visits are encouraged. At these visits your Las Vegas audiologist will fine-tune and adjust the device to make sure it is working well and complete any repairs that may be needed.
Big box retailers use much simpler machines to program the devices and typically have a one-size-fits-all approach. This means you could be fitted with a device that is not right for your specific type or hearing loss.
Myth: The smaller the hearing aid the better.
Fact: Hearing aid technology is rapidly evolving.
This means there are some devices on the market that are smaller than ever before, making them practically invisible. This type of hearing device is typically only appropriate for those with mild hearing loss. These small devices often have the shortest battery life and a limited number of additional features.
The most common models are behind-the-ear and receiver-in-the-ear. These styles have the most additional features and the longest battery life. Your Las Vegas audiologist will help you determine the best style for you based on your type and degree of hearing loss.
Myth: Hearing aids can actually damage your hearing.
Fact: A properly fitted and well maintained hearing aid will not cause any additional damage to your hearing.
Don’t let your preconceived fears or what you think you know prevent you from taking steps toward improving your hearing. Contact your local Las Vegas audiologist to learn how to get started.
Call Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute at (702) 735-7668 for more information or to schedule an appointment.