Are you considering buying new hearing aids? Looking for answers to some of the questions you have?
Here are seven interesting facts that you may not know about these useful little devices.
1. Hearing aids are not just for the elderly
Did you know that nearly 50% of persons aged 12 to 35 years could be exposed to unsafe noise from personal listening devices, and 40% in this age group could be exposed to potentially damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues?¹ It’s true. In fact, an estimated 1 in 5 American teens experiences some degree of hearing loss.²
In short, hearing loss is not limited to elderly individuals—and, as a result, neither are hearing aids.
2. Hearing aids can be any color you wish—or even invisible
Hearing aids have come a long way in terms of design and technology, and they no longer need to be associated with a certain age or appearance. Today's hearing aids are sleek, small, and discreet, and can be customized to fit the individual's needs and preferences. Many styles of hearing aids are virtually invisible, while behind-the-ear and receiver-in-ear hearing aids can be designed in a variety of colors to blend in with the wearer’s hair color.
3. Hearing aids can adjust automatically to surrounding noise
Our ears do an amazing job of picking up important sounds – such as your dinner date’s conversation in a busy restaurant or a bored colleague muttering under his breath at a meeting. Hearing aids can perform in exactly the same way, and technological advancements have made them versatile in an amazing variety of sound environments.
4. Hearing aids will not cure your hearing loss
A hearing aid will not cure hearing loss. However, it can drastically improve your life by allowing you to hear conversations, television shows, music, and more.
5. You may need a hearing aid even if you have mild hearing loss
It's important to note that even mild hearing loss can have a significant impact on your daily life, and that hearing aids can help to improve your quality of life. Hearing aids can help you to better hear and understand speech, especially in noisy environments. There’s no reason to wait until your hearing loss is extremely pronounced to seek treatment— especially when you can take an online hearing assessment or schedule a free consultation.
6. You may need to wear two hearing aids even if you only experience hearing loss in one ear
When experiencing hearing loss in both ears, it is common for one ear to perceive sound louder than the other. This can lead to confusion and difficulties in comprehending speech. Utilizing two hearing aids can assist in equalizing sound and making it more natural, thus enhancing comprehension of speech.
7. Hearing aids can be used in any lifestyle
Hearing aids are designed to be discreet and comfortable, making them easy to integrate into any lifestyle. They are available in a variety of styles, such as behind-the-ear, receiver-in-ear, and customs, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. Modern hearing aids also come with advanced technology such as Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to stream music and phone calls directly to your hearing aids. Such features allow you to stay connected and active in your daily life, whether you're at work, home or out with friends and family.
² Hearing Loss Association of America
Think you may be experiencing hearing loss? Give us a call today at 1-800-BELTONE or book your free hearing appointment at a Beltone location.