By Pauline Dinnauer
If nothing else, the past year-and-a-half has been a demonstration of the harm of misinformation. It can cause someone to make a choice they might otherwise reconsider. It can be the reason someone fails to seek treatment for a particular disorder or cause them to do so with unrealistic expectations.
In the context of hearing health, hearing aids remain one of the most frequent targets of myths and falsehoods — we’ll dispel some of the most common.
Hearing Aids Allow You To Hear Perfectly
The common assumption is that hearing aids work similarly to a pair of contact lenses or prescription glasses. Once you insert one, that’s it. Your hearing impairment is a thing of the past.
The reality is that hearing aids cannot “cure” deafness, nor are they capable of restoring 100% of hearing functionality. Moreover, because hearing impairment has so many unique manifestations and everyone’s ears are a little different, what works for one individual may not work for another. That isn’t to say that hearing aids are no good, of course.
In the vast majority of cases, a hearing assistance device can have a noticeable positive impact on your hearing. Hearing aid technology has also come remarkably far, especially in recent years. As such, even if they aren’t a miracle cure, they may still significantly improve your quality of life.