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The Top 5 Hearing Aid Myths Exposed

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McDonald Audiology & Hearing Health Care debunk the top 5 myths about hearing aids.

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The Top 5 Hearing Aid Myths Exposed

  1. 1. The Top 5 Hearing Aid Myths Exposed
  2. 2. Hearing Aid Myths Most hearing aid myths are based on the problems associated with the older analog models. By photo taken by Udo Schröter (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
  3. 3. But today’s digital technology solves those problems By ReSound (ReSound) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  4. 4. Myth # 1: Hearing aids are not effective Myth # 2: Hearing aids are big and bulky Myth # 3: Hearing aids are too expensive Myth # 4: You can save time and money buying hearing aids online Myth # 5: Hearing aids are uncomfortable and difficult to operate The Myths
  5. 5. Myth # 1: Hearing aids are not effective Reality: A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association comparing the effectiveness of three popular types of hearing aids concluded that: “Each [hearing aid] circuit markedly improved speech recognition, with greater improvement observed for soft and conversationally loud speech....All 3 circuits significantly reduced the frequency of problems encountered in verbal communication....Each circuit provided significant benefit in quiet and noisy listening situations.”
  6. 6. Myth # 2: Hearing aids are big and bulky Reality: Hearing aids come in various sizes, with some models that are nearly invisible when worn. Micro-behind-the-ear Completely-in-the- canal Half Shell
  7. 7. Myth # 3: Hearing aids are too expensive Reality: As with most consumer electronics, hearing aids range in price depending on performance and features. While you may not want—or need—the top of the line hearing aids, you can probably find a pair that matches your needs, preferences, and budget. Most patients also feel that the value of better hearing and a better life is usually well worth the cost.
  8. 8. Myth # 4: You can save time and money buying hearing aids online Reality: Would you buy a pair of prescription glasses online without first consulting your eye doctor, having an eye exam, and obtaining your prescription? Probably not, and buying hearing aids is very similar. Hearing aids need to be professionally programmed by a hearing specialist according to your unique hearing loss characteristics. Otherwise, it’s like wearing someone else’s prescription glasses.
  9. 9. Myth # 5: Hearing aids are uncomfortable and difficult to operate Reality: Digital hearing aids dynamically process sound with a small computer chip so that you don’t have to worry about manual adjustments; additionally, some digital hearing aids can even be controlled through your mobile phone. The bottom line: digital hearing aids are being manufactured with maximum ease-of-use in mind.
  10. 10. Don’t let the hearing aid myths stop you from enhancing your life with better hearing! Phone: (616) 773-2362 www.mcdonaldhearingservices.com

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