Hearing Aid Myths Explained title card

Myth #1

Hearing aids restore hearing to normal just as an eyeglass prescription can restore vision to 20/20.

Fact: Hearing aids do not restore hearing to “normal.” Hearing aids do not “cure” your hearing loss hence their name hearing aids, but they do provide benefit and improvement in communication. They can improve your hearing and listening abilities which will substantially improve your quality of life.

Myth #2

You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online or by mail order.

Fact: Working with an audiologist to improve your hearing is very important. Hearing aids are only a small part of the hearing rehabilitation process. When purchasing hearing aids you are also purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed.

Other professional care from an audiologist includes:

  • Hearing evaluation
  • Referral for medical treatment (if needed)
  • Hearing aid evaluation
  • Verification that your hearing aid(s) is programmed properly for your individual hearing loss
  • Instruction in how to properly use and maintain the hearing aid
  • Follow-up care and support
  • Repair services
  • Rehabilitation services

Myth #3

Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary.

Fact: We normally hear with two ears. Hearing from both ears helps us localize sounds, hear better in noisy situations, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand speech better with two hearing aids than with one.

Myth #4

A mild hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.

Fact: Everyone's hearing loss and listening needs are different. An audiologist will work with you to determine if a hearing aid is needed, what technology would be most beneficial, and how much it will improve your hearing.

Myth #5

A hearing aid will damage your hearing.

Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing. An audiologist will regularly check your hearing aid to ensure it is functioning properly.

Myth #6

The invisible hearing aids worn in the ear are the best hearing aids to purchase.

Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids available. An audiologist will help you decide what style is best suited for your hearing loss, listening needs, and lifestyle. Just because your friend uses a particular hearing aid style does not mean you have to (or should) use that style.

Adapted from http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Hearing-Aid-Myths-and-Facts/