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Myths and Frequently Asked Questions about Hearing Devices

First, let’s address some common myths that patients sometimes believe.

Myth: A hearing aid will bring back your hearing back to “normal.”

Fact: Hearing aids will not repair or restore all of one’s hearing loss. Instead, they assist you in hearing sounds and make the quality of your hearing better. Your hearing won’t be perfect, but it will be better than it was.

Myth: “My hearing isn’t that bad, so I’m sure I don’t need a hearing aid.”

Fact: Everyone has a different degree of hearing loss. The range and frequency of sounds you have trouble hearing or understanding are different from anyone else’s. Because of this, we must first test your hearing before we can determine whether or not a hearing aid will help you.

Plus, the longer you wait, the worse your hearing ability will get. It’s recommended that you have annual hearing evaluations in order to monitor your hearing ability and take action as soon as you notice any changes.

Myth: I don’t have to wear my hearing aid when I am by myself.

Fact: If you’re going to get the most of your hearing ability, your hearing aid should be worn from morning to night - all the hours of the day during which you are not sleeping. This allows your brain to adjust to the multiple sounds that are around you in your daily activities and redefine what it means to hear “normally” for you. If you wear your devices inconsistently, your brain won’t have time to adjust and the devices won’t help you to their fullest extent.

Myth: I shouldn’t get hearing aids because I know someone who did, and it didn’t work for them, so they never ended up using them.

Fact: With our high-end technology, we are able to do an in-office test and fitting the same day that you come in, and we can show how much the hearing aid can help before you even sign the contract. We make sure that the hearing aids are a perfect fit for you, and that you’re satisfied with your new quality of life.

Myth: Nothing can be done about tinnitus.

Fact: Hearing instruments very often make a big difference in tinnitus management, as they can have tinnitus-masking technology built into them. Many use such technology to lead productive lives with their tinnitus successfully managed.

 

Now let’s address a few questions I have gotten from many patients in the past.

 

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Q. Are there different kinds of hearing aids?

A. Yes, there are multiple styles and brands. The two most prevalent styles are in-the-ear (ITE) and behind-the-ear (BTE). ITE hearing aids fit invisibly inside the ear canal. A mold will be taken of your ear so that the device will fit your needs exactly. With BTE devices, the biggest part of the hearing aid is located behind the ear and a small clear tube leads into the ear. BTE hearing aids can also have more settings and programs due to the larger size and vast improvements of technology.

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