Hearing loss and hearing aid technology can be misunderstood topics, and there are a lot of assumptions out there. See below for our answers to some recurring hearing myths.
Myth: If I had a hearing loss, my doctor would have told me.
Always ask your primary care physician to check your hearing on every physical, as most of them do not do this on a routine basis. Most ENTs do not check unless you are referred. Always seek out a hearing professional if you have doubts about your hearing.
Myth: Hearing aids don’t help in noisy environments.
New technology can help you do just that! Hearing technology have advanced significantly in recent years and hearing better in noisy environments is an issue many manufacturers specifically tackle.
Myth: Hearing aids are all bulky and beige.
Not anymore! Newer and smaller hearing aids come in a variety of colors, and are made to have a more sleek appearance.
Be determined and make a commitment to your new way of hearing. It is important that you use the instruments consistently because it will help you adapt faster. The best way to start is in a quiet environment and gradually build to noisier environments when you are ready. Remember, things should sound different! Many people adapt very quickly to new hearing aids, while others take a bit longer and can even feel a little overwhelmed.
Be patient and focus on the pleasant sounds you are hearing that you couldn't before. If certain sounds become more apparent and bothersome, know they will fade into the background with practice and patience. To help adapt to the new way your voice sounds, it is often helpful to read or sing out loud. Jot down what is working well for you as well as any sound or situation that is bothersome so Tracy Barber can address these at your first follow-up appointment.
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