At the North County Audiology, audiologist Kenneth A. Podlenski and his team have encountered a number of myths about hearing aids that some of their patients have taken as fact – that is, until they visited our hearing aid center in San Diego and learned the truth about these remarkable devices. Hearing aids have helped millions of people improve their hearing and their overall quality of life, yet millions more who could benefit from hearing aids do not seek the professional hearing evaluation and treatment they need. Why is this?
In some cases, people simply aren’t familiar enough with the signs and symptoms of hearing loss to recognize that their hearing isn’t as acute as it could be. However, in many instances, myths and misconceptions about hearing aids underlie people’s decisions not to pursue professional help from a hearing loss specialist. Here are just five of the most common hearing aid myths.
Hearing aids are for people with major hearing loss – that isn’t me.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that of the roughly 27 million Americans who could benefit from using hearing aids, only about six million actually do. One of the reasons for this is that many people believe that their hearing loss isn’t “severe” enough to require treatment. Unfortunately, most people tend not to be the best judges of their conditions, underestimating just how impaired their hearing is – and just how much they might benefit from a hearing aid.
Hearing aids are for the elderly.
According to the professionals of hearingaids.com, 65 percent of people with hearing loss are under the age of 65. More than six million of the people who could benefit from using hearing aids are between the ages of 18 and 44.
Hearing aids don’t really improve the quality of a person’s hearing – they just make everything louder.
Modern digital hearing aids are able to discern with exceptional accuracy between soft noises that require amplification and loud noises that do not. It is true that, years ago, hearing aids simply amplified everything within close range of wearers; however, that is no longer the case. At North County Audiology, we offer a range of hearing aid solutions from such renowned manufacturers as Oticon, Lyric, Phonak, Starkey, Siemens, and Widex. Dr. Podlenski is highly skilled at matching these innovative hearing aid products to precisely the right patients based on their individual hearing needs and lifestyles.
Hearing aids are clunky, uncomfortable, and conspicuous.
Modern hearing aids are lightweight and extremely subtle; many of the options available at our audiology practice are practically undetectable when worn. One of the chief benefits of visiting a professional audiologist such as Dr. Podlenski is that your hearing aid can be custom fitted so that it is extremely comfortable and unobtrusive.
Hearing aids are too expensive.
This is a common fear among people who learn that they could benefit from using hearing aids. In truth, there are few medical appliances that can match good hearing aids in terms of delivering tremendous value for the money. It is better by far to discover what your hearing aid – and payment – options are before assuming that a high-quality hearing aid is out of your price range. And when you realize how dramatically your life has improved after you can participate in conversations even in crowded restaurants again, you won’t think of your hearing aid as a luxury. You will think of it as a necessity that was a bargain at any price.
Schedule Your Hearing Test with Dr. Podlenski Today
If you have difficulty distinguishing voices, hearing the television, or keeping up with conversations, there is a good chance that you suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Don’t be dissuaded by hearing aid myths. We strongly encourage you to schedule a comprehensive hearing test at our hearing aid center in San Diego today. Please contact North County Audiology, and we will happily assist you in scheduling your initial appointment with our esteemed audiologist, Dr. Kenneth A. Podlenski.