For the elderly, health problems are common. One of the most common phenomena is senile hearing loss. For many people, hearing aids are the only way to cope with this problem.
Otolaryngologists say that hearing care is necessary for 10% of the population. However, numerous prejudices against this impede the introduction of these technologies. We develop the basic myths associated with hearing aids.
Hearing aids are harmful to health in general.
Usually, such devices are tested by the Ministry, the settings and hearing are checked, all contra-indications are taken into account. So there will be no harm from the device purchased at the pharmacy and equipped with the necessary certificates.
When using the device, the patient will acquire a hearing comparable to that of a healthy one.
The hearing aid does not immediately adapt to the machine. Someone needs only a few days to do this, and someone – a couple of months. There are cases when patients need special training with a faculty or hearing aid for additional adjustment of the device in accordance with the needs and characteristics of the individual. It is important to remember that the less time has passed since the loss of hearing before the prosthesis, the better will be the results of correction. The brain and hearing in this case are inactive for a short time, so they can quickly adapt to the assistant apparatus.
The hearing aid should be worn only on the “weakest” ear.
When doctors give testimony to wear hearing aids on both ears, you should fulfill these wishes and purchase two devices at once. If financial possibilities do not allow it, then it is better to wear a hearing aid on the ear with better audibility.
To ensure that the hearing does not deteriorate, you should wear the device periodically, not permanently.
Sometimes a hearing aid is prescribed to children, it has been observed that a child who rarely wears a device or even refuses it starts to lag behind in development from his peers. With a decrease in hearing, the intelligibility of the audible speech begins to decrease, which leads to disturbances in the nervous system.
A poorly developed hearing condition will not worsen any more, so you can not rush with the purchase of the device.
Diseases come to a person with age, many of them affect directly and reduce the level of hearing. This applies, for example, to osteochondrosis, problems with human vessels, etc. If a person always wore a hearing aid on only one ear, then on another he can not use it. To improve the hearing in this situation will require a lot of patience and time, often have to resort to surgery. There is also a risk that with time the perceived sounds will be distorted even more, so do not delay procuring the device when recommending doctors.
Elderly people do not need to purchase a quality device, as it will be hard for them to use.
Perhaps it is better not to make such an acquisition at all. People at this age, as a rule, have not only problems with hearing, but also chronic diseases of the nervous system. This leads to uncomfortable perception of loud speech and sounds in general, if the disease is launched, then even painful sensations and a decrease in the intelligibility of the audible speech may appear. That is why it is recommended to choose a high-quality device. Usually it is believed that any person who is able to independently eat in a state will and will learn to use such a device.
Expensive devices are not susceptible to breakage.
It all depends on how the person will use their hearing aids. If you periodically drop it, do not take it for cleaning and prevention, do not dry it, and neglect personal hygiene, sooner or later the most expensive and initially reliable equipment will break.
The device restricts people, that’s why not everyone gets it.
In fact, others will pay much more attention to people who constantly ask questions and shout in response. This behavior irritates everyone much more. In addition, today we offer types of devices that hide either directly in the ear, or behind it. Today, prejudices related to hearing care are becoming a thing of the past. The device is often perceived by the same necessary accessory, as well as glasses.
If the machine whistles, then it is broken.
The device must always be connected tightly to the ear canal with a liner, which is manufactured individually. Ideally, this pad serves for a long time, it is anti-allergic, does not distort sound, does not press or rub the skin, promotes ear ventilation and equalizes the pressure of the tympanic membrane. In the case of improper installation of the liner or its low quality, the same whistles that a person attributes to the device are possible.
The unit can always be returned after use.
The return of the device back to the store is determined by the Consumer Protection Act. For example, in Ukraine, according to its provisions, a hearing aid of the proper quality is not subject to return or exchange.
Hearing aids can completely restore lost hearing or restore it to normal.
No hearing aid can restore a damaged hearing to normal levels. After all, the device can not perform the functions of the ear with its most complicated nervous system. The work of the device is reduced to amplifying sounds to such a level that a person could benefit from it and enjoy it. Good hearing will help improve the communication capabilities of the owner of the device.
Hearing aids will solve all issues in human communication.
Unfortunately, this has not been achieved, although the evolution of the devices is quite long. Owners of hearing aids are still experiencing during the conversation problems, this is due to the presence of background noise, which interfere with full communication.
Such devices generally destroy the remnants of hearing.
Hearing aids are selected individually, according to a specific hearing loss. Therefore, the risk of further damage is minimal. In addition, you should follow some simple rules that will help to minimize risks – the device must be well manufactured, properly selected and worn. In addition, the constant use of such a device leads to the fact that the organ of hearing and the brain are trained. They process incoming information, training and thus retaining their skills.
If the device is small, then it uses more advanced technology.
Today, modern technologies are used in both large and small devices. There are two types of hearing aids – in-the-ear and behind-the-ear. The use of an invisible device for an unauthorized person depends on the level of hearing loss, and it is not necessary that the miniature device that is suitable for one person is suitable for another.
With some types of hearing loss, such devices are generally not effective.
The days have already passed when people with certain hearing problems, such as high frequencies, were told that there was no effective help for them. Today, modern hearing aids are able to help at least 95% of cases with problems of this kind.
There is no way for a baby to pick up a hearing aid.
Since a month old, doctors have allowed babies to use hearing aids. Today, early tests for hearing quality are widespread, which allow us to identify problems already at this age. Technology, however, helps kids to fill these gaps.
It does not matter where to purchase hearing aids.
Today, more and more often you can find advantageous offers on the purchase of hearing aids on the Internet, however this approach is undesirable.After all, thereby the buyer will deprive himself of a meeting with a professional audiologist who can competently assess the degree of hearing loss, recommend a suitable type of apparatus and give instructions on how to use it.
Testing a hearing before purchasing a device is a long and expensive affair.
Usually, the hearing is checked at a specialized center. For this, tone audiometry is used, which is a simple and painless procedure. A person is asked to recognize sound signals of different loudness and frequency. As a result – tonal audiogram, which is an individual characteristic of hearing. It is on the basis of this inexpensive analysis that further selection of the hearing aid is made.
The use of a hearing aid is justified only as a last resort, it is better to use medicines or perform an operation.
Hearing loss in 90% of cases is associated with the defeat of the inner ear, this problem, unfortunately, is irreversible, it is also called sensorineural hearing loss. In this case, hearing aids can not be avoided, because neither surgery nor medicine will help.
Hearing aids amplify all sounds equally, so it is difficult to disassemble the speech directly.
This problem has been solved in devices of recent generations that have learned to isolate speech from other noise interference, amplify it and suppress unnecessary sounds. Such hearing aids greatly facilitate understanding of speech, especially in difficult situations (crowded and noisy rooms).
A good device is too expensive for an ordinary person.
Today, the development of microtechnology has made such a leap that digital devices are available to people and with medium income. Do not forget that properly selected and high-quality apparatus is an excellent investment in improving the quality of your life.