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1. Myth:  Only a few people have hearing loss.  No one I know does.
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Fact:  Odds are that someone close to you does have some degree of hearing loss. It has been estimated that 20 million Americans do suffer from some degree of hearing impairment.
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2. If I had a hearing loss I would know.
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Fact: Not necessarily.  Often loss of hearing develops slowly, over many years. Often times the family members are aware of it before the patient.  Often their is denial, many patients will comment that they hear fine, people just mumble too much these days.  Or "if everybody would speak more clear Id hear fine"  when in fact they do have a hearing loss.
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3.  Hearing aids will restore my hearing to normal.
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Fact: They Will not.  The goal of a hearing aids is to make the best use of your residual hearing, not to give normal hearing.  You cant replace damaged tissue with a prosthetic device, you can only aid it.  Some patients with mild to moderate losses may experience near normal results with aids.  More severe losses the goal would be less.
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4. Myth:  Hearing aids will help in background noise.
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Fact: You will do poorer in noise than in quiet.  How well you understand in noise depends on your loss, the aids you are using, the amount of aural rehabilitation you have had and the accuracy of the evaluation.  I recommend you see an Audiologist.
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5. Myth: Hearing loss means sounds are just not loud enough.
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Fact:  Thats part of it. But louder does not always mean clearer.  It depends of the loss.  Getting a professional evaluation can give you better expectations.
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6. Myth: Hearing aids are large and unsightly.
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Fact:  The latest technology has made hearing aids nearly invisible.  You probably pass people every day who are wearing them and never notice.
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7. Myth: Hearing aids are a sign you're getting old.
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Fact:  Not true.  I fit babies with hearing aids. Also many younger and middle aged people wear hearing aids too.
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8. Myth: I heard nerve damage can not be helped with hearing aids.
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Fact:  Most of the patients I fit have nerve damage.  Many options exist for patients that did not several years ago.
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9.  Myth:  Hearing aids are too expensive.
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Fact: Hearing aids are less costly than many items you use every day.  Most people pay 90.00 to 100.00 per month for cable television.  Add that up over the life of a hearing aid and you will find most pay more for TV than hearing aids.  Plus you would be wearing you aids 12 hrs. a day, most of us don't watch TV that long.  Hearing is a quality of life issue, TV, which cost, more is not.  Hearing aids could be the best investment you make.  When you lose you vision you lose touch with things, when you lose your hearing you lose touch with people.
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10. Myth:  It does not matter where I go to get my aid, the results will be the same.
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Fact:  Studies have shown that person who get their aids from Audiologist are 3 times more satisfied then those who went to dispensers. See AARP's study regarding this.  Educational requirements for an Audiologist is 6+ years of college. A dispenser requires only a high school diploma or GED.  I recommend you avoid the hearing aid store and see an Audiologist.

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