If you're suffering from hearing loss, then there's a good chance your doctor (or even an audiologist) has recommended that you be fitted for a hearing aid. Unfortunately, hearing aids tend to have a negative stigma around them due to some common misunderstandings people have about them and how they operate. By understanding the realities behind these myths, you can make better informed decisions regarding your own ear health.
Myth 1: Hearing Aids Will Make You Look/Feel Old
First of all, understand that hearing aids aren't just for the elderly. While hearing loss does become more likely as you age, hearing disorders can also occur at birth, during childhood, or at any time of your life (particularly as a result of trauma, as is common in wrestlers). Not to mention, because hearing aids today are smaller and more inconspicuous than ever, you don't really have to worry about others noticing your hearing aid, and you don't have to feel self conscious about it.
Myth 2: Hearing Aids Are Difficult to Afford
Believe it or not, hearing aids are more affordable than ever for a number of reasons. For starters, technology has come a long way since hearing aids first became available, so the cost to produce them isn't as high. Furthermore, many audiologists and hearing aid manufacturers these days offer ways to make hearing aids more affordable to those who need them. Payment plans, financing, and even government-funded aid for hearing aids are all options to look into for those who are worried about being able to afford them.
Myth 3: You Only Need One Hearing Aid
Many people with hearing loss in one ear assume that they will only need one hearing aid as a result. In reality, both of your ears work together, so even if you only have hearing loss in one ear, your audiologist will likely recommend that you be fitted for a hearing aid for each ear. This will help you achieve the best possible results.
Myth 4: Aids Only Help With Hearing Loss
Finally, understand that while hearing aids are primarily used to treat hearing loss, that's not all they're good for. Specifically, hearing aids can be used to treat some cases of tinnitus (a condition that results in an incessant ringing in the ears). Ultimately, your audiologist will be able to best assess any problems you may be experiencing with your ears and make the proper recommendations.