Since the 1940s, the science behind hearing aid treatments has undergone a rapid evolution. Hearing loss sufferers can now benefit from an abundance of new technology, which can hugely improve their everyday experience. But many still feel awkward or reluctant about taking advantage of this ground-breaking leap in medical assistance. These are some of the common misconceptions surrounding hearing aid treatment.

“They make you look old.”

Many people worry that hearing aids will make them appear older than they are, which is partly due to the way hearing aids are framed in popular culture – as devices primarily worn by older folks in black and white films. It’s an assumption that’s particularly viewed among young professionals. Many of them believe that wearing a hearing aid will detrimentally affect their status in a workplace and may even reduce their annual income. Studies show the complete opposite. Once someone has acquired the right hearing treatment solution and can interact with confidence, they’re more likely to increase how much they earn each year. It’s also far more common for teens and children to embrace modern hearing aid technology than many think. Cornerstone Audiology treats people from all age groups and ensures that each person gains an outcome that meets their complete approval.

“They look too bulky.”

Another key reason why people worry about investing in hearing aids is that they believe they aren’t cosmetically pleasing. Many people picture in their minds the devices their grandparents wore in the 1960s when the technology was in its infancy. But today’s devices shouldn’t be compared to these early prototypes.
Instead, they are sleek, discrete highly-tuned instruments that don’t appear obvious to anyone but the wearer. The most visible sections are indistinguishable from glasses frames that rest on the ears, and they can be made to accurately match a person’s hair color, adding to their invisibility. They also have contemporary features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, so you can pair them to smartphones and tablets with ease. As time goes by, even these sophisticated models are being re-engineered through ground-breaking new developments. Soon, it may be possible to use a very powerful hearing aid that even the wearer can’t view while standing in front of a mirror.

What if I’m Concerned?

If you think you have a hearing loss, it’s important to see an audiologist as soon as possible. At Cornerstone Audiology, doctors can perform full hearing evaluations and provide a complete diagnosis of your condition. And if you require hearing aids, they can offer expert advice on each of the different models, so you can find a pair that fits you perfectly. They’ll then run regular maintenance every few months to make sure they’re working to their highest potential.

Are you worried about your hearing or know someone who is? Request a callback with a member of Cornerstone Audiology’s team now, and they’ll give you the honest, open advice you need today!

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Dr. Deanna Wann, Au.D., CCC-A Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Deanna Wann, Au.D., CCC-A Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Deanna Wann received her bachelor’s degree in speech-language and hearing sciences and her doctorate in audiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). While in graduate school, Dr. Wann participated in the TTUHSC Medical Missions Team with the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine students to provide hearing screenings as part of a health screening in Nicaraguan villages and special needs schools.