About Modern Hearing Aids
Everyone knows that hearing aids are designed to help you improve your hearing, but you might not know how much hearing technology has changed in the last few years. Hearing aids of today are nothing like the clunky devices you remember your grandfather wearing 15 years ago. If you’ve been putting off getting hearing aids, it’s time to take a closer look at what modern hearing aids are really like.
Hearing Aids Won’t Make You Look Old
Many people are worried that hearing aids come in massive cases that stick out like a sore thumb and make you seem old. In reality, modern hearing aids are sleek, sophisticated devices that sit snugly behind the ear in barely noticeable shells. Some hearing aids sit in the outer ear, or even in the ear canal, making them practically invisible! This makes them comfortable and practical, as well as discreet. With modern hearing aids, the only thing people will be noticing is how well you can hear.
Anyone Can Have Hearing Loss
If you’ve been putting off getting hearing aids because you want to avoid “looking old,” think again. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. In fact, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states that 14% of adults between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss! They also report that one in eight people over the age of 12 have hearing loss in both ears. If you’ve been putting off seeking treatment because of age, it’s time to reevaluate.
Hearing Aids Don’t Just Make Sounds Louder
Many people think that hearing aids only make sounds louder and might even make sounds too loud. Perhaps you had a friend who said her hearing aids just made everything loud and squeaky and didn’t help her hear.
While it’s unfortunate your friend bought a hearing aid that didn’t match her hearing needs, you’ll know that hearing aids aren’t just about making sounds louder.
Today’s hearing aids are advanced minicomputers that analyze the environment, automatically change between programs and settings, balance sound levels based on the noises around you, and fill in the gaps in your hearing.
Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About your Hearing Health
It’s a common misconception that your family doctor will be the first to notice your hearing loss. In reality, your doctor may be the last person to realize you’re struggling to hear! Only 14% of doctors perform a hearing test as part of routine check-ups, and when you have an appointment, they focus on the health problem you’re most concerned with. Even if you usually struggle to hear in conversations, you may hear just fine in quiet settings, such as the doctor’s office. Not only that you’re focusing very hard on what’s being said and are more likely to catch the meaning of what’s being said. No wonder your doctor doesn’t realize you’re not hearing clearly!
The first ones to notice your hearing loss are often your family. If they complain that you’ve been turning up the TV too loud, can’t hear them when you’re on the phone, or keep asking them to repeat themselves, you should accept the fact that you might have hearing loss.
Why it’s important to Visit a Hearing Specialist
You might think you can save money and time by buying a hearing aid online. Unlike other electronics like a phone or computer, hearing aids are unique devices that are personalized to your unique hearing loss and hearing needs. A hearing specialist will give you trustworthy advice, and help you choose the hearing aids that best match your needs. A hearing specialist or audiologist will perform a comprehensive hearing assessment, health history, and hearing aid consultation, as well as providing hearing aid fittings to make sure your devices won’t cause pain or feedback. They’re also on hand to provide wear and care instructions, as well as for maintenance and repairs.
At Hearing Remedy, our team is waiting to help you improve your hearing. With so much information available about hearing aids, it can be hard to know what’s true and what’s not. That’s why we’re here if you have any questions about your hearing health, or are ready to book an appointment for a hearing test.
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