Myth-Busting the Misconception about Hearing Aids
For many people, hearing aids remain a bit of a mystery. If you’ve never used one before or consulted with a hearing expert, it’s easy to make assumptions about them. Today we'll address 5 common myths that exist surrounding hearing aids and uncover the answers so you can make the best informed decision for yourself and loved ones. Our staff audiologist Amy Bishop helps us answer the question: FACT or FICTION?
Myth 1: Hearing Aids are Only for the Elderly
FICTION: While it is true that age-related hearing loss is prevalent, hearing loss can occur at any age due to factors such as exposure to loud noises, genetics, or medical conditions. Hearing loss may be more likely as we get older, but hearing aids are effective tools for anyone facing hearing challenges, regardless of their age.
Myth 2: Hearing Aids Restore Hearing to Normal
FICTION: Hearing aids do not restore hearing to its original state. The goal is to improve the overall quality of sound and communication. They work by amplifying sounds to a level that is loud enough for the user to hear. It is crucial to set realistic expectations, understanding that hearing aids provide significant benefits but won’t completely replicate natural hearing. No matter how great the hearing aid is, sound is still traveling through a damaged ear.
Myth 3: Only Severe Hearing Loss Requires Hearing Aids
FICTION: Even a mild hearing loss has significant impacts on our ability to communicate. Our brain has to fill in the missing information in order to understand speech. This leads to what we call listening fatigue. A mild hearing loss also increases the risk for dementia. A new study has shown that for those at high risk for dementia with hearing loss, getting hearing can reduce the risk by up to 50%.
Myth 4: Hearing Aids Are Bulky and Uncomfortable
FICTION: Most hearing aids today are sleek, discreet, and comfortable. Hearing aids come in a variety of designs, form factors and colors. Some are virtually invisible, while others look like earbuds. Even traditional style hearing aids are small and barely noticeable in most cases.
Myth 5: Hearing Aids Are Expensive
FICTION: While hearing aids can be an investment, their benefits often far outweigh the costs. The good news is that Lucid Hearing offers options in many price points, starting as low as $200 for basic over-the-counter devices. These devices are designed for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. You can also find prescription hearing aids for prices lower than most competitors at over 400 Lucid Hearing centers located inside Sam’s Club. It is important to research before you purchase as ask yourself: What are you getting for the price? What is the return policy if you are not satisfied? Most prescription hearing aids pricing includes follow up care and service which is crucial to getting the most out of your investment. Some offices offer lower prices on the devices and then you can choose a service plan or pay as you go for follow up care and maintenance. The most important thing you can do is to treat your hearing loss. Find a product or provider that you feel comfortable with and start there.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
We invite you to visit a Lucid Hearing center for a free comprehensive hearing exam to get started on your journey to better hearing. An initial exam takes around an hour, and you’ll leave armed with the knowledge to make an informed decision about your hearing health. While there is much fiction surrounding hearing aids, what remains a fact is that taking action and treating hearing loss will make a significant difference in your overall quality of life. We look forward to seeing your transformation.
It only takes 5 minutes to schedule your FREE 1-Hour Annual Hearing Check Up. The comprehensive hearing assessment is fast, easy and free. Visit our Lucid Hearing Centers at over 400 Sam’s Club locations. Patients must be 19 years or older. Some locations may require membership for purchase.