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Hearing Aids: Fiction Vs Fact

Hearing aids are one of the best solutions for people with hearing loss, however only 1 in 5 of those who would benefit from using hearing aids actually makes use of them. The reasons for this will vary, as some people do not know if they should seek medical help and others will hesitate due to outdated and inaccurate information about hearing aids. Here are the facts and fiction about hearing aids to better understand the reality of what they do.

Fiction: Hearing aids are for the most part unsuccessful.
Fact: Hearing aids have been proven to be effective by numerous studies and are successful at improving hearing for millions of people.

Fiction: Hearing aids are bulky and unattractive.
Fact: The majority of hearing aids manufactured now are compact, sleek and unnoticeable. Technologies have advanced and there are a variety of styles of hearing aids available that cannot be seen obviously.

Fiction: Hearing aids are uncomfortable and difficult to use.
Fact: Modern hearing aids have been designed with maximum comfort in mind, as they are to be worn on a daily basis. Some are even customised to the ear they will fit in to. Many newer models are also digital and very easy to use. The best hearing aids feature automatic settings such as noise control and there are very few manual controls.

Fiction: Money and time can be saved by purchasing hearing aids online.
Fact: Not everyone has the same type of hearing loss, so just like buying prescription glasses, visiting a professional is important to get the hearing aid customised to the patient?s unique hearing problems. Tests and evaluations must be undertaken to ensure the right hearing aid is chosen and instructions and follow-up care are important to make sure the hearing aid is working properly.

Fiction: Hearing is restored to normal with a hearing aid.
Fact: Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss and bring back normal hearing. They are designed to amplify sounds and make communication easier. Listening to most sounds is therefore made easier, so a person suffering from hearing loss will benefit from using a hearing aid and everyday situations will be made easier.

Fiction: Hearing aids are very expensive.
Fact: Digital hearing aids are available for free on the NHS, providing the person qualifies for one. If bought privately there are a range of models available starting with low prices and ending in extremely high prices depending on the features and manufacturer. Some hearing aids feature modern technology such as Bluetooth so they can wirelessly connect to your smartphone. When this feature was first introduced to the hearing aid market, it was only on the most expensive hearing aids, however over time you can now find this feature on a variety of the cheaper models.

Fiction: Hearing aids damage hearing.
Fact: Wearing a properly fitting and maintained hearing aid will not damage the hearing that is left in the ear.

Fiction: Mild hearing loss does not need a hearing aid.
Fact: Every individual has different hearing needs and no matter the severity of the hearing loss, a hearing aid may still be beneficial. By visiting a professional, they can determine whether a hearing aid is necessary and how much it will improve hearing.

Fiction: Wearing two hearing aids is unnecessary.
Fact: Normal hearing is with two ears, which are beneficial for many reasons such as providing quality natural sound, aiding in loud situations and helping to localise sounds. If hearing loss is in both ears, wearing two hearing aids will help the individual to appreciate sounds and communicate better.

Fiction: Hearing aids worn inside the ear are the best ones.
Fact: There are many different hearing aids available, and they are not one size fits all. Each type of hearing aid as unique advantages and are designed to meet specific needs depending on the type of hearing loss. After an evaluation, a professional can recommend the best type of hearing aid for each individual that will offer the most benefits.

Fiction: Hearing aids amplify background noise too much, making close up sounds difficult to hear.
Fact: Older models of hearing aids would amplify all sounds, making background noise much too loud to hear anything else. More modern devices however have filters for background noise and can be adjusted depending on the environment. They also feature specialised microphones and volume control so that the user can only hear the sounds they want to hear.

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