Musicians Need to Protect Their Hearing!! By: Lisa D. Cahill, Ph.D., CCC-A
Facts About Hearing Aids
Do you know your facts about hearing aids? You may be surprised that much of what you thought you knew about hearing aids are actually myths that get passed around or that people just assume about hearing aids.
If you or a loved one are thinking about getting hearing aids, it’s important to know the facts and understand how they work. This will give you an idea of what to expect from hearing aids. They are not a fix-everything solution, and adjusting to hearing aids will take some work.
Myth: Hearing aids fully restore hearing just as eyeglasses can restore eyesight to 20/20 vision.
Fact: Hearing aids cannot restore hearing to normal. A person with hearing loss will always have hearing loss, but with hearing aids they can learn to communicate more easily. Hearing aids provide a way for those who are hard of hearing to improve their quality of life.
Myth: Quality hearing aids can be bought online or without the need for a professional evaluation.
Fact: Hearing aids are medical devices that require precise programming and fitting to the user’s unique hearing loss. It’s important to see a specialist about your hearing loss and undergo a full evaluation.
We also recommend that you only buy hearing aids through a hearing specialist or audiologist that is qualified to distribute quality hearing aids, have you in for fittings to adjust settings, and do follow-up appointments to make sure the hearing aids are working properly.
Myth: Hearing aids cause further damage to your hearing.
Fact: A hearing aid that has been properly fitted and cared for will not damage your hearing further.
Myth: Only people with severe hearing loss need a hearing aid.
Fact: Anyone with a hearing loss can benefit from a hearing aid. Even someone with only a slight hearing loss should get evaluated. The hearing loss may be more significant than the person realizes because other people usually notice a hearing loss before the person who is affected. Communication may be suffering as a result.
Myth: It is not necessary to wear two hearing aids.
Fact: Though it’s true that one can get by with only one hearing aid, if both of your ears have hearing loss, it’s usually best to go with a hearing aid for each ear. Being able to hear with both ears allows us to locate where a sound is coming from, which is important for things like driving, walking, etc. Being able to have as natural a hearing experience as possible will improve quality of life.
If you or a loved one has a hearing loss, the best thing you can do is speak with a hearing specialist or audiologist who can answer all of your questions and discuss your options. If you could improve your quality of life with hearing aids, why not try them? It will take a bit of work to get used to wearing hearing aids, but it could definitely make life easier for you.