When it comes to the hearing aid, and auditory impairment in general, there is as much misinformation out there as there is good information. This can be discouraging to anyone who wants to cope with a disability that is growing more and more common by the day. It is also discouraging for anyone trying to help a loved one get the treatment and assistance they need. Anyone suffering from an impairment of any kind can have a tendency to grow stubborn about getting help. We pride ourselves on being independent and self-sustaining. But getting a listening device isn’t about depending on others. In fact, it’s the opposite. Here are some more misconceptions about the device and the truth you should know.
A Hearing Aid Won’t Work For Me
This is probably the most common misconception out there and it’s uncertain from where the myth arose. The truth is that almost everyone who suffers from nerve damage in their ears (the primary cause of auditory loss) can benefit from wearing one of these devices. For those who have another type of auditory loss, there may be a medical treatment available to help restore your ability to hear. Either way, it’s certainly worth talking to a doctor, getting an evaluation, and finding out both the type of impairment you are dealing with and what your best bet is in coping with it.
A Hearing Aid Will Help Me Hear Normally Again
Just as there are myths out there that downplay the role of this device, there are also those misconceptions that attribute too much to them. This is one of them. While there is currently no better technology out there when it comes to giving someone with auditory impairment a chance at coping with an auditory world, it is far from a replacement for your natural ability to hear. This disconnect often leads users to get frustrated early on in the use of a device, sometimes causing them to stop using it entirely. If you go into the process understanding that it is an aid and not more than that, you’ll be more likely to make it past the learning curve.
They Are Too Expensive
It’s difficult to say that this concept of a hearing aid being too expensive is a misconception; after all, everyone has a different idea of what such a device is worth. If being able to communicate, talk on the phone, and generally hear what’s going on isn’t worth that much to you then, yes, these devices are far too expensive. If those concepts are extremely important to you, you will probably find that the devices are priced quite reasonably.