Essential Clarifications on Hearing Aids

Are you considering a hearing aid? If it's your first time receiving one, the process is sometimes daunting. Clearing up some myths and worries will help you feel more comfortable with your new hearing device.

They're big and unsightly

While there was once a time when hearing aids were bulky, today they're much smaller. In some cases, you might even benefit from an 'invisible' hearing aid, but you should let your audiologist advise you as to whether that's right for you. Some audiologists can even order hearing aids that feature designs children love, such as pictures of their favourite footballers.

Only old people need hearing aids

There are lots of conditions where children and young adults may need hearing aids too. For example, conditions such as measles cause damage to hearing, as can meningitis. When they do, seeking out a hearing aid sooner rather than later is the best way to retain as much 'natural' hearing ability as possible.

Ordering a hearing aid online saves money

Today, there are many medical devices you can order online, and hearing aids are one of them. While it may seem as though skipping your hearing clinic will save time and money, few audiologists will advise ordering a hearing aid online. There are multiple reasons for this: 

  • You need a professional hearing evaluation to find the best fit for your condition
  • Hearing aid clinics allow you to discuss issues such as correct fit and proper care
  • You may not receive adequate instructions on how to use your hearing aid 

There's such a thing as a 'best' hearing aid

You might hear a lot of hype about a particular hearing aid type, such as invisible hearing aids. While they may have aesthetic benefits, it's better to go with the one that best suits your type of hearing loss. If your audiologist recommends a particular hearing aid type, trust that they're making the best recommendation for you. If you're still wondering why they've chosen the one you'll receive, ask them why. Receiving clarification from a professional is often reassuring and allows you to become more comfortable with your device.

If you're still worrying about your hearing aid, write a list of questions to ask at your next audiology clinic appointment. With the right guidance and information, you will feel more comfortable with your device and develop a better understanding of the benefits of hearing aid use.