Ninety to 95 percent of mild to severe hearing loss cases could be successfully treated with hearing aids, but only about 20 percent of people who could benefit from the devices actually wear them. This is likely due to widespread misconceptions about hearing loss and hearing aids. Below are some of the most common hearing aid myths and the truths behind them.
Myth: Hearing Loss Cannot Be Treated
While hearing loss is irreversible, it can most certainly be treated. Amplification with hearing aids is a highly effective treatment, especially when selected and programmed by a highly trained audiologist. Other treatment options include cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids.
Myth: My Doctor Would Tell Me if I Had Hearing Loss
Though audiologists across the nation and organizations like the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association have made efforts to educate the public and primary care physicians about the importance of hearing screenings, they are not yet standard during a physical exam.
One recent survey found that only 23 percent of adults report having had a hearing screening during a physical exam. If you feel that you may have hearing loss, advocate for yourself and request a screening or a referral to an audiologist.
Myth: Hearing Aids Will Make Me Look Old
Hearing aids are smaller and more discreet than the ones your parents or grandparents wore. They are available in a variety of styles and colors to blend in with your hair or skin color, and some fit so deep in the ear canal they are practically invisible!
Even if you feel that your hearing aids are noticeable, they are not as noticeable as the inability to follow a conversation or constantly asking people to repeat themselves.
Finally, hearing aids are becoming less and less stigmatized. Wearable communication and health-monitoring device like Fitbits, Apple Watches, Bluetooth headsets and wireless headphones are becoming increasingly popular, and chances are nobody will think twice about what’s on your ears.
Myth: Hearing Aids Are Too Expensive
While it’s true hearing aids can be pricey, your audiologist will work with you to find an affordable option that will provide positive outcomes and an improved quality of life. Financing options are available to help alleviate some of the stress of paying for these important medical devices.
For more information about the facts of hearing aids, call the experts at Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute today.