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Common Reasons why people avoid using Hearing Aids...
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Many people have improved the quality of their lives by using hearing aids. However there are still some major misconceptions among the general public, and indeed, it is estimated that less than one third of people with a significant hearing loss have hearing aids fitted. Don’t let these common myths keep you or someone you care about from getting help to overcome hearing loss.

Remember, research has shown that the earlier a person deals with their hearing loss, the greater the benefits in improved quality of life. Here are some common myths about hearing loss and hearing aids.

“I’ve heard hearing aids are nothing but trouble.”

The truth:

Everyone’s experience is a little different. Your partner, your friend or your colleague may not have had the results they anticipated, but that does not mean there aren’t options suitable for you. Older hearing aids presented challenges for many people. For example, all sounds were amplified giving no priority to speech. But now more advanced digital technology has resolved many complaints about hearing aid performance, especially speech in noise, comfort and efficiency.

“They’re too expensive.”

The truth:

It’s true that hearing aids are costly products. However, medical card holders are entitled to free hearing aids, and people who purchase privately are usually entitled to a PRSI grant towards the cost. In any event, the frustration, stress and isolation asssociated with an unmanaged hearing loss means that purchase of hearing aids is more than worthwhile with the improvement they make in quality of life. In fact, for those in employment, the increased productivity and earning potential on the job could mean that the investment may turn out to be a positive financial decision! In any event, hearing aid prices vary, and it is generally possible to find options that suit most budgets and hearing requirements. Discuss all your options with your audiologist and we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised at how reasonable they can be given the benefits.

“They’ll make me look old!”

The truth:

For some, the thought of wearing hearing aids is a concept that is alien to our staying young and living life to the full culture. However with the miniaturisation and advances with technology, this perception is changing.

Today’s hearing aid styles are smaller and more discreet than ever before, with many models designed to be barely visible when worn. Manufacturers make hearing aids in a wide range of colours and tones to help blend with your hair and skin tone for example or to make them look like Bluetooth device phone accessories. Getting down to basics though, having a hearing loss is much more obvious than wearing hearing aids. A person with unmanaged hearing loss is much more likely to be socially isolated, less active and less independent. Embracing the help that today’s advanced hearing aid devices offer can help keep you as young and active as you feel!

“They’re difficult to use.”

The truth:

With today’s technology, hearing aids are easier to use than ever before. They are generally programmed to your hearing needs and preferences and can be adjusted by your audiologist at any time. Modern hearing aids can automatically adjust settings according to your surroundings, so there is no need for manual control. Whether you’re in a large group, an intimate conversation or just listening to the television, you will always be giving yourself the best opportunity to hear. Some people do like to have the manual control, and with new touch technology, this option is readily available.

“Hearing Aids amplify background noise.”

The truth:

Background noise used to be the biggest complaint among hearing aid wearers. That’s because analogue hearing aids amplified all sounds equally, whether you needed it or not, making background noises uncomfortably loud.

With today’s digital signal processing, directional microphones and noise cancellation features designed to distinguish speech from noise, hearing aids are more efficient at amplifying the sounds you want and need to hear without introducing any unnecessary sound such as background noise.

“They make that annoying whistling noise.”

The truth:

With the advances in technology, feedback, which is that annoying high-pitched screeching or whistling, can be virtually eliminated. Feedback happens when the output of the receiver leaks out of the ear canal and enters the microphone of the hearing aid, where it is re-amplified along with all the other sounds entering the microphone. Digital signal processing effectively minimizes or eliminates high-pitched feedback before it happens by recognising and cancelling feedback instantaneously. However there are some other causes of feedback, such as a hearing aid that does not fit properly, has faulty components or needs adjustment. Earwax in the ear canal can also cause feedback if sound bounces off the earwax and back into the hearing aid microphone. All of these issues can be managed and put right by your audiologist.

“My hearing isn’t that bad.”

The truth:

Due to the fact that for most people their hearing deteriorates gradually, naturally many people don’t notice their hearing loss as quickly as if it was lost suddenly. However, if you’re constantly asking people to repeat themselves, turning up the TV volume, or misunderstanding conversations around you, it’s time to get your hearing assessed. If you wait too long, your brain may begin to lose the ability to recognise and process speech. You may also exhibit signs of memory loss and a diminished ability to multitask. Evidence shows that early intervention is more effective both in terms of rehabilitation and in how effective the hearing aids are in everyday situations. So...take action now!

Remember!

research has shown that the earlier

a person deals with their hearing loss,

the greater the benefits in improved quality of life

So...take action now!

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