Advanced Audiology’s Nola Aronson is debunking several common myths people believe about hearing aids and use as excuses to leave their hearing loss uncorrected.
The first myth the Santa Clarita audiologist is talking about is that nobody notices a hearing loss until the person gets a hearing aid.
“If you do have a hearing problem, everybody knows about it,” she said. “Your hearing loss is more conspicuous than any hearing device that you can possibly get.”
Today, hearing aids aren’t the big, “ugly” devices they once were, Aronson added, drawing a comparison to bluetooth devices frequently worn by people of all ages.
“The facts today is that the hearing devices are just what we need for hands-free wireless headsets,” she said. “Ears buds (for music) are more conspicuous and big and ugly than a hearing device these days. Most people that wear hearing devices, nobody even knows that they wear them.”
A second myth is that only “old” people need hearing aids, which Aronson clarified is certainly not the case in the world today.
“That’s (another), is the stigma of thinking that it’s age related. We work with kids,” Aronson said, noting she fitted a 6-month-old for a hearing device years ago, and is still working with the now 29-year-old woman today to give her the best hearing possible.
The final myth Aronson believes is false is that leaving a hearing loss uncorrected won’t affect a person’s day-to-day life.
“When you’re talking to people and you’re having to put forth so much effort (to hear them), it makes you so tired,” Aronson said. “Or you like this group that you’re connected to and now you’re finding that you don’t really want to go to this group anymore because you’re really not understanding them… So that’s your quality of life, not being able to do the things that you loved to do before.”
Aronson continued, “This is what we love to do at Advanced Audiology, is we love to educate people. Just because you come in our door does not mean we’re going to try to sell you a hearing aid. I hate that word ‘sell’ you, because we have solutions to your hearing needs.”