Myths & Facts

Myth:  My type of hearing loss cannot be helped.
Fact:  In virtually all cases, nerve deafness can be helped through amplification. Other types of impairment may be medically treatable. Under any circumstance, regular examinations and hearing tests will provide an answer. Some people discover their problem is just too much earwax.

Myth:  Hearing aids will restore my hearing to normal.
Fact:  These devices can only aid your hearing. They can't restore hearing or slow the progression of nerve deafness.

Myth:  My hearing problem isn't bad enough to need two aids.
Fact:  Like vision, hearing relies on input from both ears to locate sound sources, and focus on specific sounds and conversations. Studies show that those wearing two aids understand more clearly and enjoy better sound quality.

Myth:  The fancy, new digital hearing aids can automatically eliminate unwanted background noise.
Fact:  Better understanding with amplification in noisy environments will vary due to the type and degree of hearing loss, accuracy of the instrument fitting, and your ability and patience to relearn to hear with amplified sound.

Myth:  Hearing aids are too expensive.
Fact:  When you purchase hearing aids at The Everett Clinic, the cost includes all follow up service to adjust and maintain your optimum hearing over time. Hearing aids provide a new world of sound. For many, the improved quality of life and relationships make it one of the best investments they've made.

Myth:  Bargain hearing aids work just as well as the expensive ones.
Fact:  Mail-order/online hearing aids lack a critical aspect -- the expertise and care of an audiologist to fit and adjust the aids.

Myth: I am too old to benefit from a hearing aid.
Fact:  Hearing helps you connect with the world and communicate with those close to you at any age. Your loved ones may appreciate your new hearing aids, too.

Myth:  I am too young to wear hearing aids.
  Hearing loss, at any age, can be frustrating and interfere with communication. Hearing aids improve quality of life and can be worn discretely.

Myth:  If I had a hearing problem, I would know about it.
Fact:  Usually not. Hearing loss often develops gradually over several years. Most people compensate by asking others to repeat themselves, turning up the volume or lip-reading.

Myth:  A hearing loss means sounds need to be louder.
  Not really. In most cases, you can hear people talking, but have difficulty understanding what they're saying. Perhaps you can understand just fine in quiet places, but have trouble in noisy surroundings or in groups. Making all sounds louder just makes understanding harder. Hearing aids amplify the frequencies you need for better understanding.


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