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Myths and Facts

Myth: My type of hearing loss cannot be helped.

Fact: In virtually all cases, nerve deafness (sensorineural hearing loss) can be helped through amplification. This type of hearing loss is permanent and irreversible. Regular examinations and hearing tests are recommended. Some people discover that their problem is simply just too much earwax!

Myth: Ear wax cannot cause hearing loss.

Fact: Yes, impacted wax (cerumen) can cause hearing loss. Videotoscopy will let you see the insides of your ear canals where wax will be visible.

Myth: Hearing aids will restore my hearing to normal.

Fact: Just as their name suggests, these devices can only aid your hearing. They can't restore hearing nor retard the progression of nerve deafness.

Myth: My hearing problem isn't bad enough to need two aids.

Fact: Like our vision, our hearing mechanism 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: No instruments, no matter how sophisticated, can do what only the human brain can. The brain selectively cancels out noise that is perceived as undesirable. Better understanding with amplification in noisy environments will vary due to the type and degree of hearing loss, accuracy of the instrument fitting, and most importantly, your ability and patience as you relearn to hear with amplified sound.

Myth: Hearing aids are too expensive.

Fact: Cost is relative to the perceived value you get from your hearing aids. The most important "investment" is your attitude and willingness to adapt to 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 hearing aids, or those purchased online lack one critical ingredient... The expertise and care of a licensed hearing professional. You are not likely to trust other aspects of your health care to a mail-order solution, so why do it with something as essential as your hearing.

Myth: I'm too old to benefit from hearing aids.

Fact: Chances are that, no matter what your age, you rely on your hearing to maintain connection with the world, and communicate with those close to you. How would it make others feel if you're not willing to try improving this vital activity?

Myth: Wearing a hearing aid is a sign of old age.

Fact: Actually, hearing loss is more visible. Always saying "what?", "turn the TV up," or avoiding phone conversations and social gatherings are more apparent than hearing aids.

Myth: No one knows that I have a hearing loss.

Fact: Studies show that "You may be the last to know." Click on Hearing Facts.

Myth: I hear most of the time except in certain situations. It is the listening situation that makes it difficult for me to understand.

Fact: There are various options available. For example some assistive listening devices like FM systems can help. Open fitted hearing aids may be another solution. Ask one of our hearing professionals about Hearing in Noise to find out more.

Myth: Most hearing losses are medically treated with antibiotics and/or surgery

Fact: There is no medical management in 90 to 95% of all hearing losses. Hearing aid amplification is the most desirable solution.