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Hearing Aids: 6 Myths Uncovered

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.

Common Myths about Hearing Loss

# 1 My hearing loss cannot be helped.

In the past, many people with hearing loss in one ear, with a high frequency hearing loss, or with nerve damage have all been told they cannot be helped. This might have been true many years ago, but with modern advances in technology, nearly 95% of people with a sensorineural hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids.

Supressing the Noise in Your Head

The internal ringing that afflicts one in every five people at some point in their lives is called “tinnitus.” For those who experience severe tinnitus, the problem can be characterized more by constant distress than by annoyance.

While there is still much that is not understood about its underlying causes, it is recognized that there is a strong link between tinnitus and hearing loss. Therefore, tinnitus sufferers who address their hearing losses by being fitted with hearing instruments may also help themselves to cope with tinnitus.

A Matter of Balance

There is evidence to suggest that the more pronounced the difference in hearing loss between each ear, the greater the problem people have with balance and dizziness.

This observation has led some experts to conclude that a proper binaural (a hearing instrument in each ear) fitting not only provides the best hearing under most conditions of noise, but it may also help the wearer attain better physical balance and stability.

Solving an ancient riddle

If you have ever wondered how ancient Greek actors and musicians were able to perform plays before thousands of people without help from microphones, amplifiers, or assistive listening devices, scientists have recently uncovered the secret.

Their research took them to the Greek theatre of Epidaurus, where, dating back to the fourth-century B.C, audiences of up to 14,000 were able to hear performances clearly. The secret behind these outstanding acoustics rested in the limestone material used to construct the seats.

Using your eyes and ears

Presbyopia (age-related vision loss) and Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) each result in sensory loss, but it is a mistake to think that a hearing instrument used to treat age-related hearing loss will necessarily be as effective as reading glasses in remedying age-related vision loss.

Who has your ear?

Perhaps the most interesting news in audio technology at the moment involves the ability to send sound in a narrow beam directly into the ear of a listener.