Many people find it hard to bring themselves to buy a hearing aid and use a whole range of excuses to justify this. Not all their statements are wholly false; however, these excuses often don’t apply to the latest technology. Many “truths” that you hear today about hearing aids are outdated and stem from a time when hearing aids worked using the old analog technology. We have put together a few outmoded opinions for you and added the right answers.
One of the main reasons people choose to put up with a hearing loss is because they don’t want to wear a hearing aid which they think will be noticeable and ugly. Ergonomic design and extremely thin tubing allows the aids to disappear behind the ear or completely in the canal and people often forget they are wearing them – until they hear the astonishing difference they make. Hearing aids also come in a range of different styles and colours to match a number of different fashion tastes. There are also such things are invisible hearing aids these days!
You may have heard a family member or a friend talk about having a bad experience with their hearing aids. Hearing aids can take some adjustment and perseverance in the early stages to ensure that they are tuned perfectly to your hearing levels. This is why it is so important to adjust your hearing aids with your hearing care professional after they have been fitted.
Hearing aids are technologically advanced electronic devices, so the more features you require, the higher the price. However hearing aids start from as low as $1295 so you can find one that suits your lifestyle and budget. You may also be eligible for a rebate on your private health fund, and if you are on a Pension, you may be eligible for fully subsidised hearing aids under the Australian Governments Hearing Services Program. Find out more here.
Modern digital hearing aids are much simpler to operate than earlier models. The devices automatically recognise the environment you are in and adjust accordingly, so you don’t need to manually change settings. Some devices like, are completely hassle-free. They can be worn for months at a time without the need to take them out. Your hearing care professional will run through all of the features and how they work at your hearing aid fitting.
Old, analogue devices did in fact amplify all noises. This meant that background noises were often uncomfortably loud. Modern digital devices amplify what you want to hear and reliably filter out background noises automatically. They can even focus their microphones on the person you are talking to.
Modern digital devices eliminate the whistling just as reliably as they do annoying background noises. They ensure maximum hearing comfort in every situation. If your hearing aid is fitted correctly, the whistling will not occur, but if it does, it can be fixed very easily.
Many people deceive themselves and those around them and are in denial about their hearing loss. They reduce their quality of life and become a burden upon friends and family members because there is a great deal that they can no longer properly understand. Early intervention makes sense and protects the brain against long-term damage.
Hearing loss has nothing to do with age. Today more and more young people are suffering from hearing loss. This may be because they have listened to loud music for too long, for example. Saying “I beg your pardon” makes your hearing loss much more noticeable than hearing aids, and as mentioned, many are completely invisible , so nobody will even notice you are wearing one.