Do you know you need a hearing aid, but find yourself reluctant to take the next step? You are not alone; many people who would benefit from hearing aids experience this kind of hesitation, largely because of outdated or inaccurate information about what it is like to actually purchase and use them. To help you, we've separated hearing aid facts from fiction. Below you'll find a number of hearing aid myths and the actual facts behind the fallacies. Get the straight facts on hearing aids today!
Fact: It's true that hearing loss, especially sensorineural hearing loss, becomes more common as we age. Just because it is common, however, doesn't make it "normal." It also happens to be common for people with a weight problem to have high blood pressure. But this doesn't mean they shouldn’t receive treatment for their high blood pressure. If hearing loss is preventing you from living life to the fullest, you should seek help, regardless of your age.
Fact: Even a mild hearing loss can lead to significant issues. For example, in the workplace, it may cause you to hear words incorrectly. At home, you may turn up the TV or radio too loud for other family members. You may even be unable to hear alarms or other warning signals, compromising your safety.
Fact: Just think about how much better life could be with hearing aids! Numerous studies have shown a positive impact on relationships, job performance, brain health, happiness and well-being when people get help for hearing loss.
Fact: First of all, today’s Miracle-Ear hearing aids are smaller and more discreet than ever. Chances are, other people won’t know you’re wearing them. Secondly, untreated hearing loss is often more obvious than a hearing aid—especially if you frequently ask others to repeat themselves or you respond inappropriately in conversations.
Fact: Once upon a time, hearing aids amplified all sounds equally, making some sounds unbearably loud. Today’s digital, computerized hearing aids are so “smart,” they can boost the soft sounds you want to hear while suppressing less desirable sounds. Miracle-Ear GENIUS 4.0 is a prime example of how far hearing aid technology has come.
Fact: It's very important to work in person with a hearing professional during the purchase of your hearing aids. Only a qualified specialist will be able to make sure that your hearing is screened properly, that you choose the aid that is most appropriate for your needs, is fitted correctly and comfortably, and you receive the necessary follow-up care and support. Miracle Ear is proud to provide quality service from certified hearing aid professionals at each one of its more than 1,500 locations nationwide.
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