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Misconceptions About Hearing Aids

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Even though hearing loss is incredibly common, affecting over 48 million Americans, there are still many misconceptions about both hearing loss and hearing aids. When it comes to hearing health, it’s important to know the facts and learn about your options.

Many times, hearing aids are the best solution for managing hearing loss in people of all ages. Hearing aids today are incredibly advanced, featuring technology that ranges from Bluetooth connectivity to artificial intelligence.

If you suspect you have hearing loss but are apprehensive to try hearing aids, discover the truth’s about hearing aids and how they can help you. Below are some common myths and misconceptions people often have about hearing aids, followed by some facts.

Myth: Hearing aids are big and bulky.

Hearing aids of the past may have been big and bulky in size, but today’s hearing aids are incredibly small. Today’s hearing aids are about the size of a paper clip. Many hearing aids are so small they sit directly inside the ear canal and are considered to be “invisible.” Hearing aids also come in a variety of colors, from bright and vibrant colors to match your personality to neutral colors that will match your skin tone or hair color.

Myth: Hearing aids are for old people.

Hearing loss can affect anyone of any age — even children can have hearing loss! People at any stage in life can experience difficulty with their hearing. It’s better to manage the symptoms of hearing loss sooner rather than later in order to prevent your hearing from worsening. The longer you wait to get hearing aids, then the harder it will be to adjust.

Hearing aids are incredibly discreet, so no one will even notice that you are wearing them. People will only notice how much better you are able to hear and keep up with the conversation.

Myth: Hearing aids are all the same.

You may think that if you don’t like one type of hearing aid then you won’t like any of them. Just as hearing loss is unique to each individual, so is every hearing aid. There are many types and styles of hearing aids available from many different manufacturers. Some hearing aids have smart features like Bluetooth and rechargeability while some hearing aids have health tracking features that can monitor your hearing progress. No matter what you need in a hearing aid, a hearing specialist can help you find the right match.

Myth: Hearing aids will make everything louder.

Some basic analog hearing aids will simply amplify all sound. However, the majority of modern hearing aids are able to filter between background noise and a person speaking to you. Hearing aids have software that allows them to automatically adjust to sound in your environment. This makes it easier for you to hear what you want to hear.

There are many myths and misconceptions about hearing aids but now you know some of the facts. If you have more questions about hearing aids, or you have hearing loss and need to talk to a professional, then make an appointment with a certified EarQ provider today. They will be able to test your hearing, discuss hearing aid options, and answer any of your questions.

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