Coming to terms with the realization that one of your five senses isn’t working as it used to can be a tough pill to swallow, but it doesn’t have to be scary! The truth is, there is a lot of misconceptions about the transition to hearing aids that are causing people in need to just ‘grin and bear it’ because they are too afraid to make the change they deserve.
If you have recently been assessed with hearing loss and find yourself to be a candidate for hearing aids, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself on the current technologies and eliminate all the pre-existing ideas that will cloud your decision to improve your hearing.
Here are a few common misconceptions to kick things off;
- HEARING AIDS ARE FOR OLD PEOPLE!
This myth will probably always be the most popular objection, and it is simply not true! According to Stats Canada, 20% of the population between ages 45 and 64 years of age are hearing aid users. That is a far cry from OLD – this age group consists of the working class, not retired.
- HEARING AIDS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE!
Hearing aids are an investment in a better lifestyle, and for most of us, there is no price tag that could compare to hearing your grandchild speak for the first time, or being able to join in group discussions at work or church. There are such varying prices for hearing devices based on style and hearing loss , and your qualified Audiologist will find the right ones for you. Keep in mind there are programs available, such as WSIB for work related noise exposure, Veteran’s benefits for hearing loss during your time in service, and the ADP government grant, available to Ontario residents with a valid health card. Your personal benefits also may offer partial or total coverage. There may be some flexibility inside the clinic with a payment plan as well.
- HEARING AIDS ARE SO BIG AND NOTICEABLE!
Technology has changed over the years, including the smallest device that fits inside your ear canal. Whatever your taste in color or style be, there is something for everyone.
- HEARING AIDS WILL MAKE EVERYTHING SO LOUD!
Hearing devices will never restore your hearing loss to 100% but they will offer you some comfort in your day-to-day routine. Most hearing aids have different settings for the environment that you are in, and at Meridian Hearing you can always come in for a complimentary adjustment.
- I’M AFRAID OF LOSING THEM
It is very common to develop a fear of losing something important, like your keys or a treasured piece of jewelry. Once you incorporate hearing devices into your life and see how important they are, you will value them and treat them as such. They will become part of your daily routine, from the time your feet hit the floor in the morning and you take them out of their case, to the time your head hits the pillow and you rest them safely on the nightstand.
- I DON’T WANT TO GO TO THE DOCTOR
The fear of the Doctor usually stems from the unknown – what will the outcome of this appointment be? Well, you won’t be able to get a proper diagnosis if you don’t make your appointment. Once you make your complimentary appointment with Meridian Hearing, this is what you can expect;
- A one-on-one meeting with the Audiologist to review your medical history
- The level of your hearing will be measured in a sound booth
- A thorough discussion of your results
- A no-obligation review of the hearing devices that would best suit your hearing loss
- Follow-up appointments as needed to re-evaluate your hearing or additional information sessions to help you with your decision
Contact Meridian Hearing today for your complimentary hearing assessment and take the first step towards a better quality of life.