Hearing loss affects millions of Americans, yet few people know the facts about this common condition. Many don’t understand how hearing aids improve the quality of life for individuals who suffer in this area. Sadly, myths about who wears these devices and how they function have been confused with facts. Read on to learn what’s true and what’s not.
Hearing aids are only for old people.
MYTH. Actually, hearing aids are often prescribed to help children as well. An estimated 30 out of 1000 school-aged children have trouble hearing. Some children are born with a disability, while others experience temporary loss due to excessive wax build-up, an injury to the head, or an inner ear infection, among other causes.
They completely restore hearing.
MYTH. Hearing aids amplify the deficient frequencies to the patient. As these frequencies are amplified the patient can now hear the sounds once missed. Although completely restoring a person’s hearing is a goal, primarily restoring basic hearing functions such as human speech is more obtainable.
They are individually prescribed.
FACT. While there are some options that are one-size fit all, audiologists stress the importance of seeing a professional for a thorough testing and a custom-built device. Everyone has slightly different abilities and needs, so there are many types of devices available to you. Getting expert guidance throughout the process is critical for the best results.
They damage your ears.
MYTH. With the guidance of an audiologist, the wearer will select the ideal device and will learn how to use and manage it. This way, no damage will be done. Ensuring that the hearing aid is below or just at the power level needed for the patient will ensure no harm is done.
They come in many shapes and sizes.
FACT. Some of the smallest hearing aids can fit inside the ear canal and can barely be seen, while others are larger and worn outside of the ear. The variety of hearing devices are needed to fit the various acoustic needs of the patient. One style desired by the patient may not be what is acoustically needed for his or her hearing loss.