There are many myths about hearing loss and hearing aids.

Do you know the truth?

#1 – You can make do with one hearing aid…and it’ll only cost half as much!

The truth is, some people DO only need one hearing aid…but most people have a loss in both ears. The important thing to remember is that while one may achieve better word recognition with one hearing aid over none at all, two aids provides the wearer with binaural loss correction that is healthier and provides a sound quality and directional hearing ability that comes closest to simulating natural hearing. 

#2 – You can buy hearing aids for much less by finding them online, or purchasing them from a discount supplier.

The truth is that with the internet providing access from practically anywhere to a whole world of sellers of all kinds and with discount retailers selling cheap hearing aids with no follow-up care built in to the price, it’s easier than ever to buy a hearing aid and save pennies in the process. However, when you purchase your hearing aids from a local practice, you are getting much more than technology. You get an experienced practitioner who takes the time to pin point your exact type and severity of loss and aid you in choosing a technology that is right for YOU. Your practitioner should then be with you every step of the way as you go out into the world and try the hearing aids you’ve chosen in the environments you typically hear in. Your feedback and data from your hearing aids that your practitioner collects at your follow-up visits will ensure that your aids receive any needed adjustments and will help you to reach optimal results with your hearing aids. A hearing aid is only as good as its fit – without a good fit, you will not get everything you can from the technology you choose. 

#3 – With Hearing Aids, everything will sound too loud.

The truth is that advancements in technology have brought hearing aids a long way in a short period of time. Hearing aids of the past required turning up the volume to amplify soft speech and gain better word recognition in conversation. Today’s hearing aids are far more advanced, recognizing and amplifying soft speech and other noises that you want to hear…and suppressing background noise as well as sharp or sudden noises that would be uncomfortable for your ears at a high volume. Most of the small technology we use every day is getting “smart”…hearing aids are no different and hardly resemble the hearing aids from ten, or even five, years ago. 

#4 – Hearing Aids won’t help me with my Tinnitus.

The truth is, today’s hearing aids have a lot to offer patients with tinnitus. Now, more than ever, people who suffer ringing in the ears (which is not always just ringing!) have good reason to try hearing aids. Advancements in masking technology and tinnitus-specific hearing aids, like the ReSound LiNX TS, are helping many people with moderate to severe tinnitus to live much happier, more connected lives. 

#5 – Well even if I wanted hearing aids…I probably can’t afford them!

The truth is, hearing aids are an investment. But a good practitioner will have options available to help patients to make hearing aids a more affordable choice. Many practices accept Care Credit, which can give patients anywhere from 12 to 24 months to pay for their hearing aids at 0% interest. Some hearing healthcare practices work with community partners to make hearing aids affordable for people who are on low incomes or who are still working and need hearing aids to do their job. The bottom line is, getting a hearing test and finding out if hearing aids could help you with your loss is the first step. Once your type and severity of hearing loss has been determined, the level of hearing instrument technology you need can also be determined and, within that pool of technology, your budget can be the factor which guides the technology choice you are ultimately fit with. No one should deny themselves information about their hearing health because they are worried about the cost involved.