Myths and Facts About Hearing Aids

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

Fact: By working with Zounds Hearing Specialists you are purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aids are selected and that proper programming of the hearing aids is completed. Other professional care includes:

  • Hearing evaluation*
  • Referral for medical treatment (if needed)
  • Hearing aid evaluation
  • Accurate programming of the Hearing aids
  • Proper fitting of the Hearing aids
  • Instruction in how to properly use and maintain the hearing aids
  • Follow-up care and support
  • Regular Follow ups and re-programming of the hearing aids as necessary
  • Repair services

Myth: 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, but they provide benefit and improvement in communication. They can improve your hearing and listening abilities, and they can substantially improve your quality of life.

Myth: A hearing aid will damage your hearing.

Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing.

Myth: A milder hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.

Fact: Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. By working with your Zounds hearing consultant, you can determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing.

Myth: Wearing two hearing aids is not necessary.

Fact: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than just with one.

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

Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids. What is most important is that you purchase hearing aids that accommodates your hearing loss and your listening needs. Just because your friend uses a particular hearing aid style does not mean you have to (or should) use that style. Your friend’s style of hearing aid may be a totally inappropriate prescription for your needs.