The most important myths about hearing aids

Myth: One type of hearing aid is right for all. There are many types and brands of hearing aids. Each person has a unique hearing loss, hearing needs, and brain processing; which hearing aid will work best is a very individual thing. Working with your hearing professional is essential to determine the best device and brand for you. Close follow-up after hearing aids are fitted will help to ensure that the hearing aids truly do meeting the person’s hearing needs.

Myth: A milder hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid. Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. By working with your audiologist, you can determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing.  In this respect, trialling a hearing aid is essential.

Myth: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary. We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with one.

Myth: The smallest hearing aids are more sophisticated. For cosmetic reasons, most people like the idea of a smaller hearing aid but there are no added electronics in those hearing aids that would make them electronically better. In fact, due to the size, in some cases, there is not enough room in the smallest hearing aids for circuits that may be better for the patient. Your hearing professional will help sort through the advantages and disadvantage of each type and style. Obtaining hearing aids is an important step to improve your life, therefore, take the time to learn about your hearing and hearing aids. Everyone’s hearing loss, lifestyle and brain functioning is different so there is not one hearing aid that is right for all. Book a free a consultation to ask what is best for you and why.

Myth: A hearing aid will damage your hearing.   A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing but might even save you from getting dementia later in life.