There are a lot of myths about hearing aids and hearing loss that persist to this day that simply aren’t true.
Vibe is here to bust them! A few months ago, we tackled six other myths a few months back like being too sensitive to noise or that they’re just for old people.
Now we’re back for more.
Read on for the real answers behind some of the most common objections or myths about hearing loss.
“I don't go enough places to need hearing aids”
Even in today’s digital world with apps to get food delivered and texting to communicate, it’s not possible to go forever without talking to someone or leaving the house.
In fact, it’s this sort of loss of social interaction that can contribute to increased feelings of loneliness, cognitive decline, or possibly accelerate the effects of dementia. To learn more about the mental health side effects of hearing loss, check out our blog.
Getting a hearing aid can help you continue to enjoy your social life and make day-to-day communication that much easier.
“I don't want people to know I have hearing loss”
Unfortunately, when your ability to hear drops to a certain point, people already know that you have hearing loss. Though it may not be visible, there are common, habitual strategies that people use to compensate when they can’t hear.
These include things like leaning in closely even though it’s not that loud, asking people to repeat things constantly, and laughing at something that may not have actually been a joke. All of these actions make it clear whether you have a hearing aid on or not that you’re missing parts of the conversation.
In most cases, a hearing aid can be the perfect thing to support your hearing to a level that helps improve your quality of life. After getting their first hearing aid, one of the first things many of our patients say is that they wish they hadn’t waited so long.
“Hearing aids are too expensive”
While it was true in the past that hearing aids were often prohibitively expensive and not covered by insurance, there have been many changes to make them more accessible than ever.
For instance, where there were once only a few companies manufacturing hearing aids, there are now a multitude making them available with a variety of features and at many different price points.
Likewise, companies like Vibe offer an easier path to support and treat mild to moderate hearing loss in adults with its hearing aids available at a reduced cost compared to many others.
“Hearing aids are big and ugly.”
We wrote about this last time and it’s so widespread that we thought it important enough to bring it up again.
Everyone can only think of their grandparents with giant hearing aids that looked like they were wearing earmuffs. The thing is, cell phones were also gigantic about 20-30 years ago. So were laptops and a whole bunch of other electronic devices.
Today’s hearing aids have undergone a similar transformation. Even those that fit completely inside the ear allow for features that once were only possible with visible behind-the-ear hearing aids. Modern hearing aids like Vibe Air pack state-of-the-art microphones, prescription grade sound into nearly-invisible packages smaller than a quarter.
Learn more about Vibe Air on this page here.
So there you have it! Four more hearing loss and hearing aid myths busted.
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