Myths and Facts

MYTH: Hearing aids whistle.

TRUTH:

When a hearing aid fits correctly on the outer ear canal and is of the latest technology it is impossible to present whistles. Cases in which this may occur:

  • Cut tube in BTE (behind the ear hearing aids)
  • It does not fit snugly on the ear
  • It is set to high volume
  • It has a broken speaker
  • It is unsuitable for your hearing loss (if it is a new hearing aid it will need to be set – if it is an old hearing aid it probably needs replacing)

MYTH: I’ll use a hearing aid when my hearing loss grows a lot and I will be facing a serious communication problem.

TRUTH:

The hearing aids collaborate and are based on the live part of the hearing, so it automatically means that it is necessary to apply them when your hearing loss is at least moderate. You just have to visit one of our specialized centers to get the expert advice of our hearing aid applier.

MYTH: I will not use a hearing aid yet because I fear my ear will start idling and my hearing loss will increase.

TRUTH:

The ear gets “lazy” when it is inactive. The only thing that our hearing aid does is “link” us to our auditory environment and keep our aural memory in contact with all the acoustic stimuli. So the conclusion is that applying a hearing aid our whole auditory system, which results in the brain, is trained to hear sounds that before were impossible to be heard and the sensitivity of the auditory nerve and its smooth operation are restored.

It is important to understand that hearing aids enhance the hearing only while applicable to the ear canal and do not operate as therapy.

MYTH: Hearing loss is a disease of old age.

TRUTH:

Hearing loss is a disease which affects all ages including newborn infants. The majority of sufferers are aged 46 to 64 years old. Only 37% of the hearing impaired are aged 65 and over. In fact in children until the end of adolescence when the ear canal stops growing, only BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids are applied and there are special wireless (wireless or fm) communication systems for use in school.

MYTH: I heard that hearing aids cause humming and noise.

TRUTH:

Modern hearing aids (nanotechnology) are able to adjust to a normal level of background noise and to further highlight speech without annoying noises.

MYTH: I have been wearing a hearing for two days now but I haven’t heard what I thought I would hear.

TRUTH:

What we want compared to what we are able to hear especially in the first days of the application of the hearing aid does not always match. This is because the brain takes about a week to get used to the sounds outside the house and about three weeks to get used to the sounds of general external environment. So have patience and you will see that sounds that impress you or distress you during the first 2-3 days, the second week will be much less noticeable.

All your comments after 15 days of use must be mentioned on your first appointment after the application with your hearing aid applier and he in turn will make appropriate settings which will bring it closer to what you hear with what you want.

MYTH: I should only wear the hearing aid when I need it.

TRUTH:

The headset should be worn from morning till night, otherwise you will not be able to adapt to the new data that will be offered. In the evening before bedtime you should remove the hearing aid and put it in its case as well as in the following cases:

  • When you shower or wash your face
  • When you are at sea
  • When you visit the salon (there is risk of damage from the blow-dryer and the various sprays)

Note: If your hearing aid is waterproof then the first two limitations do not apply.

MYTH: Is it true that hearing aid users hear their voice “unnaturally”?

TRUTH:

The reality is that when people have impaired hearing not only the sounds of their environment or the speeches of their close ones are affected. The truth is that when someone has hearing loss, they find it difficult to hear their own voice as much as the voices of others. This is the reason why those who suffer from moderate and more severe hearing loss, speak louder than normal to be able to hear their voices at a satisfying level. So it will take some time for them to realize that they must speak at a lower volume, just like their close ones speak to them so as not to become annoying. On our site you will find specific instructions on what to do to help.

MYTH: The smaller hearing aids are expensive and more technologically advanced than the larger ones.

TRUTH:

The size of a hearing aid cannot be a criterion of cost or quality. The explanation is much simpler. The smaller hearing aids apply to small degree hearing loss compared to the BTE. An internal hearing aid however small it is (CIC, IIC) can use exactly the same technology to one that is behind the ear (BTE, RIC, mini BTE, mini RIC)

MYTH: The choice of hearing aid regardless if someone has hearing loss in both ears should be guided by the worst ear.

TRUTH:

Initially, Mother Nature has gifted us with two ears and two eyes. Imagine someone wearing a single glass instead of a pair of glasses. The same applies to hearing aids. When hearing loss is troubling both our ears, the maximum of good hearing can only be achieved by applying hearing aids in both ears. This comes as a need not of the ears, but of the brain that is “tuned” to perceive stereo sounds. Especially in cases where there is difficulty in distinguishing and understanding speech, stereo hearing taken from two hearing aids is the ideal solution.

In the ultimate solution, however, of using a hearing aid for bilateral hearing loss, this should be applied to the ear that has the best receipt, and 80% of cases this is less burdened.