One of the biggest misconceptions about hearing loss and hearing aids is that hearing aids will not help until a hearing loss is very pronounced. Most people on average wait 5-7 years after noticing challenges with their hearing for their hearing loss to be “bad enough” to need hearing aids. Truthfully the earlier you treat your hearing loss, the easier, and sometimes more beneficial the process is. By waiting to treat your hearing loss you are simply working your system much harder than necessary.
Another common misconception is for people to assume their hearing loss is normal for their age, therefore there is no need to take further action. While its true that hearing loss is commonly seen in an aging population, hearing is either normal or abnormal, whether it occurs at birth or age 100, the hearing loss should still be addressed and treated.
A common misconception about hearing aids is the assumption that all hearing aids are the same. There are a wide variety of hearing aid technologies. A person may be better suited for certain types of hearing aids depending on their hearing loss, their lifestyle, their listening needs, etc. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right hearing aid for you.
Similarly, the professional helping to select the hearing aids adjusting them for your hearing loss is an important piece of the puzzle. A hearing aid is a medical device, and therefore the best outcomes arise when it is fit by a professional who has training and expertise on the subject. Buying a hearing aid online or over the counter can leave a lot to be desired because there is no support to adjust the device to your specific circumstances. Listening needs change throughout your life depending on how your lifestyle evolves, it is important to have a care team involved to support you over the life of your hearing aids.