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Hearing Aid Myths

1. ONLY OLD PEOPLE WEAR HEARING AIDS.
The definition of old has definitely changed over the years. With the baby boomers reaching their prime, hearing loss is occurring sooner. The average retirement age is increasing and with that it creates a more demanding lifestyle. Hearing aids help with that demand.

Oh and one more thing: Old back then = middle age today. The average lifespan was 39 years old!!

2. CAN I SAVE MONEY IF I BUY ONLINE OR MAIL ORDER?
Beware of mail order/online hearing aid sales. The price might be less, but it does not come with follow up appointments that are necessary for adjustments, cleanings and repairs. A local Audiologist is a far better choice. By law you have 30 days to try a hearing aid. If you are not satisfied you can return the device for your money back, minus a small audiological fitting fee.

3. MY HEARING ISN'T BAD ENOUGH FOR 2 HEARING AIDS.
How many ears do you have? Most people have 2 and hear with both. Binaural hearing helps localize sounds, assists in noisy situations and provides a more natural sound. Something else to consider? If you only wear one hearing aid when 2 are advised your unaided ear can become lazy also called Auditory Deprivation. When this occurs, you might lose valuable hearing in your unaided ear.

4. HEARING AIDS WHISTLE SO YOU CAN'T TALK ON THE PHONE.
Digital hearing aids come with many different programs that automatically allow you to talk on the phone. Those annoying whistles are a thing of the past.

5. HEARING AIDS ARE EXPENSIVE.
Actually hearing aids have decreased over time, in comparison with inflation. Depending on technology, hearings aids are about $1400 - $3500 each. Included in the price are several different factors like warranty, services through the department and follow up appointments. Stretched over the lifespan of a hearing aid (4-6 years), a pair of ultimate digital hearing aids will cost you about $3 per day, about the same as a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop.

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