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Hearing aid myths and facts

 

Myth: Hearing aids will restore my hearing to normal just as eyeglasses can restore vision to "20/20".

Fact: Hearing aids do not restore hearing to “normal” or “cure” your hearing loss. Like eyeglasses, hearing aids can provide benefit. They can improve your hearing, listening abilities, and quality of life. But hearing aids are not perfect and are limited in what they can do. Even people with normal hearing have trouble hearing well in noisy situations. The human ear is a very complex system with thousands of nerve endings. A hearing aid cannot provide the same level of precision that the normal ear can.


Myth: A hearing aid will damage my hearing.

Fact: A hearing aid will not damage your hearing as long as it is fitted properly, maintained well, and worn correctly. Your hearing aid works specifically for your hearing loss.


Myth: My hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.

Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids, and all are "state-of-the-art.” What is most important is that a hearing aid fits your hearing loss and your listening needs. Just because your friend or relative uses a particular hearing aid style does not mean that style is best for you. Your friend's style of hearing aid may be wrong for your hearing loss and listening needs. Not everyone is able to wear the smaller hearing aids.


Myth: Hearing aids will eliminate all my communication problems.

Fact: Hearing aids may help a great deal. But you still may have trouble in some noisy situations, such as crowds and restaurants. Even people with normal hearing have trouble hearing well in noisy situations. Hearing aids are not perfect, but they do help you: hear softer sounds, hear better in background noise (such as a cafeteria), and understand speech better. Along with your hearing aids, we recommend that you use good listening strategies (look at the speaker’s face, shorten the distance between you and the speaker, etc.) to optimize your listening situation.


Myth: I will like my new hearing aids the day I get them.

Fact: You may or may not like your hearing aids when you first get them. With hearing aids, you will hear some sounds you have not heard before or sound you have not heard in a long time. At first, background noise may seem loud and distracting. Your own voice may sound louder. It can take several weeks to adjust to listening with your hearing aids. Try to get used to your hearing aids under non-stressful situations. Start by wearing them a few hours at a time. A good place to start is at home with the TV or with just one (1) person in the room with you.


Myth: My hearing will get worse because my ears will depend on the hearing aids.

Fact: Your hearing will not get worse by wearing a properly fitted hearing aid. Hearing aids provide your ears with sound otherwise not heard without hearing aids. Without a hearing aid, your ears do not receive sounds that they used to and your brain “forgets” what those sounds were like. It is important to stimulate Your hearing will not get worse by wearing a properly fitted hearing aid. Hearing aids provide your ears with sound otherwise not heard without hearing aids. Without a hearing aid, your ears do not receive sounds that they used to and your brain “forgets” what those sounds were like. It is important to stimulate your ears and brain with sound. You should depend on your hearing aid.

Because you lost your hearing gradually, you probably did not notice a big difference from day to day. Once you get used to hearing well with a hearing aid, you will notice a bigger difference (not hearing as well) when you take it off.

Questions?

If you have questions about hearing aids, call Rehabilitation Services and ask to speak to an audiologist. If you are inside the hospital, dial 3621. Locally, call 595-3621. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial tollfree 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), extension 3621.


 

This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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