We come across the same misconceptions about what hearing aids are like so often that we wanted to address the most common concerns people have. Many patients have heard stories from friends or family members who had negative experiences, and now our patients are worried that the same things will happen to them.
The truth is that hearing aids are powerful, convenient, comfortable, and in a totally different league from the hearing aids of years past. When properly fitted and maintained, modern hearing aids can give you your hearing back with almost none of the downsides that people expect. We encourage every patient to make your own story — just give hearing aids a try and see if they might be right for you.
Click a hearing aid myth below to learn more about the truth:Small hearing aids are the most expensive; to save money, I'll have to have something big and ugly.
Cost is not based on size. Instead, it's based on the level of technology you choose; simpler hearing aids will be less expensive than more technologically sophisticated ones. Choose the style of hearing aid that fits your lifestyle best, and don't worry about size affecting the cost. (It's also worth noting that even the "biggest" hearing aids are very discreet these days!)
Squealing is caused by feedback from your hearing aid speakers and is usually a sign that your hearing aids aren't being worn properly. If your hearing aids are properly fitted to your ears, then you shouldn't hear any squealing at all.
At times, feedback may occur if there is a heavy wax issue. This is also an easy fix with a routine ear canal check-up and cerumen management.
There are many things that could have affected your friend's experience. Your friend may not have gotten their hearing aids from an experienced professional who could make a proper fit; if they bought hearing aids online, this is a big risk. It's also possible that your friend didn't wear the hearing aids enough to get used to them, or the hearing aids may have gotten damaged from not being maintained.
If you have hearing loss, hearing aids can change your life for the better in ways you might not have considered. Hearing affects so much more than just how loud you keep the television. It's a part of everything you do. That's why it's so important to Together Hearing that we help everybody hear better so they can continue getting the most out of life.
Click each fact below to learn more:Hearing aids keep you active and independent.
Hearing is one of your most important senses. If you have to rely on someone else to answer for you or write things down, you won't be as self-sufficient or independent. Being able to hear clearly lets you take charge of your own life and make decisions without worrying about misunderstandings or miscommunications. You'll be able to understand what your doctor says, so you can stay on top of your own medical treatment; you can make phone calls and keep up with what's happening around you.
Most people won't even be able to tell that you're wearing anything on or in your ears — but what they will notice is that you're better able to speak up and take part in conversations. When you know what's being said around you and you can be sure both that you're understanding other people and that they can understand you, it's much easier to contribute to discussions. This is great on a personal level, but it can also make a difference in the workplace.
One of the first signs of hearing loss is isolation because people are sometimes embarrassed that they can't hear what's being said around them. Hearing aids can give you back the sounds that really matter to you — the voices of your kids, your grandkids, your spouse, and your friends. Modern hearing aids can even stream phone calls directly to your hearing aids so you can easily stay in touch, even if you live far away.
Do you like to go to the movies with your husband or wife? Do you enjoy playing or watching sports? Do you go to concerts? Or do you love sitting and listening to the ocean, to birds singing, or to the sound of rain on the roof? Do you like to play Bingo, Bridge, or Canasta? Your hearing is a big part of how you experience the world, and hearing aids can make sure you don't lose that.
Do you have questions or concerns about your hearing loss, or about getting and taking care of hearing aids? Click each common question below to find the answer.Why should I get my hearing tested if it doesn't seem too bad to me?
If there's a question in your mind, it's better to know than not. A hearing test isn't a commitment to purchasing hearing aids; it just means that you're finding out what your situation is so you can make the best decision moving forward. If you do have hearing loss, it's important to take it seriously even if it isn't severe. Part of this is because you may still be missing out on the sounds around you, and getting treated sooner means you won't have to go without. Another reason is that if you wait longer, it may be harder for you to understand what you hear even if we do turn the volume up with a hearing aid. Your processing ability is kind of like a puzzle, and the longer you wait to correct your hearing, the harder it is for you to connect the puzzle pieces together later on. We don't want your hearing loss to control you; we want you to control the hearing loss, and that's easier to do sooner than later.
If you've noticed yourself turning the TV up, asking people to repeat themselves in normal situations (not just in loud rooms), or staying out of conversations because you can't always understand what's being said, it might be time to have your hearing tested. It may be something as simple as a wax buildup, or it may be hearing loss that would benefit from being treated by hearing aids. Even if you haven't noticed a difference, we recommend that everyone 50 and older start getting their hearing checked once a year.
Be patient and kind. Remember that even if hearing loss is stressful to you, it's even more stressful to the person who is experiencing it. Don't pressure them into anything. Let them know you're concerned, and gently suggest getting their hearing checked out, but don't tell them they need hearing aids. Let us work with them to understand their hearing and determine whether hearing aids would be right for them. We can also go over whatever concerns they have, whether those have to do with pricing or comfort or fear about how other people will respond. Remember and respect that ultimately it's their life, their hearing, and their decision. To make it less scary, maybe even offer to have your hearing tested as well.
We always recommend that patients bring a friend or family member to their appointments. This helps us get another perspective on your hearing, and it means that you've got someone else who can keep track of what we tell you and how to take care of your hearing devices. Your family is a big part of the process of treating hearing loss. Sometimes family members just don't realize how severe hearing loss can be or what it's like for someone who has hearing loss. We believe it's very important to educate the other people in your life to understand where your hearing loss comes from and how they can help, and to make sure they have reasonable expectations. For example, they may need to realize that even getting hearing aids won't help a person with hearing loss hear someone speaking to them from several rooms away.
Another benefit of bringing someone you know to your appointment is that it lets us test out your hearing aids with the voices you actually hear every day. This will help your loved ones practice speaking to you in a normal voice again now that you've got hearing aids, even if they've been used to shouting in the past. Part of hearing treatment is educating the family about hearing loss and getting them to understand their part in overcoming hearing loss.
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