Myth: Hearing aids restore hearing to normal just as an eyeglass prescription can restore vision.
Fact: Hearing aids do not restore hearing to “normal.” Hearing aids do not “cure” your hearing loss, but they provide benefit and improvement in communication. They can improve your hearing and listening abilities, and they can substantially improve your quality of life.
Myth: A hearing aid will damage your hearing.
Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing.
Myth: A milder hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.
Fact: 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.
Myth: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary.
Fact: 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 invisible hearing aids worn in the ear are the best hearing aids to purchase.
Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids, and all are “state of the art.” What is most important is that you purchase a hearing aid that accommodates your hearing loss and your listening needs. Just because your friend uses a particular hearing aid style does not mean you have to (or should) use that style. Your friend's style of hearing aid may be a totally inappropriate prescription for your needs.
Myth :I would be the first to know if I did have a hearing loss.
Fact: The truth is, hearing loss happens gradually and the signs are subtle at first. A hearing test can help you gain insight and can provide a more definitive answer.
Myth: If you are hearing impaired, it just means sounds are nott loud enough.
Fact: Hearing isn’t only about loudness or decibel level. Hearing loss has more to do with the frequency of the sound that is, its pitch than its loudness. When hearing loss occurs, it’s harder to hear higher pitches especially when there is background noise , such as conversation in a noisy restaurant. That’s why amplifying incoming sounds alone isn’t as effective in treating hearing loss as amplifying selectively.
Myth: Hearing instruments are obvious and unattractive.
Fact: New technology has made these devices remarkably discreet. Many people can wear instruments that are well inside the ear or almost completely in the ear canal. Behind-the-ear styles are often disguised by hairstyles.
Myth: Really good hearing instruments are prohibitively expensive.
Fact: Better hearing through technology is within the reach of most people. The real issue is quality of life, and what it’s worth to you. While good hearing instruments are seen as expensive, putting a price on a better life experience is hard to do. You have to weigh the benefits and make your own decision.
Myth: All hearing aid providers are the same.
Fact : Only audiologists are trained and have degree in Audiology. In most cases they are certified by RCI. (Rehabilitation counsel of India). Today’s hearing aids are much more complex than in the past. To use them correctly requires a complete understanding of an individual’s hearing loss and the expert counseling provided by an audiologist.