10 misconceptions about hearing aids

To take care of one’s health and ears, one must get rid of misconceptions. We help you sort out fact from fiction about hearing. Get rid of stereotypes about hearing aids. You’ll make a better decision.

1) Hearing aids are for the elderly

Of course, senior citizens are more affected by hearing loss: 25% of the prople over 60 years have some difficulties to hear. In general,  10% of the population has a problem with his hearing. Nevertheless, 50% of the hearing impaired are under 55.  Moreover, if you think about a little, you will find one relatively  young acquaintance who hears worse.

2) I don’t need them, I’m not deaf

Deaf or hard of hearing, that’s different. Although we often put the two terms next to each-other. It would be the same as to equate the myopic and presbyopic to  blind people ….
Hard of hearing is a little similar. People perceive the sounds but they lack sharpness and it is more difficult to understand speech. This is because certain frequencies are not processed by the inner ear or because the brain is not receiving some information important to decode the sound.

3) There is a risk of addiction to the hearing instrument

There are chances that once you have tasted the pleasure to hear better, you will not want to go back. If listening with a hearing aid or a PSAPs is more comfortable, that’s good. However you will not hear less well when you do not use one. Maybe you will not want to do without your listening assistant.

Addiction is a  compulsive physiological need for and use, which results in the need for higher doses to achieve the same effect. It is also caracterized by physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.  One can get used to wearing a hearing aid. But no-one will get accustomed to it and have to raise more and more the volume to hear.

4) It will make me deaf

Whether you use a hearing aid types prosthesis, adjusted by a professional audiologist or a Personal  Sound amplifier listening assistant that complies with the french legislation (Tinteo devices are), you have no risk of damaging your ears. The sound level is limited to avoid amplifying loud sounds.  Sound is amplified to make most voice audible (increase from 60dB to 80dB) no more.

However , please get rid of devices promising 50 dB gain: either they make a false advertising, or they hiss horribly, and anyway they are dangerous.

5) Hearing aids whistle

Indeed, a hearing aid can whistle when it is badly placed in the ear. This whistling is called feedback. It corresponds to a frequency which is loop amplified by the electronic circuit. For personal sound amplifiers like Tinteo’s, feedback happens when the headphones are close to the case where are placed four microphones. Just place the earpieces further away to stop the whistling. Push down the sound during the operation to be more comfortable.

6) Hearing aids are to visible

One can see it, Psaps or hearing aid

It’s true a hearing aid is visible. Even the latest generation hearing aids are seen. Invisible and comfortable hearing aid yet to be invented. There is one that fits completely in the ear canal. But it requires a wide and long channel (about 1.5 cm) to be really hidden. Most of us cannot use such a device, which is not the case for all.

However, when the BTE hearing aid or Psaps that look like mp3 players are discreet.

The person you are talking to, doesn’t see it or doesn’t notice.

One  is always aware of one’s own problems. Most people prefer to communicate better. If you hear baldly, the conversation may be difficult for both you and the person you talk to. Quickly say you hear better thanks to the headphones, that will be well perceived.

When your contact speaks to you, he looks at you. He does not look at your ears! It can even  be watching your lips to understand better!

7) I can hide my hearing problem

Unfortunately, it is not possible to conceal a hearing impairment. You do not realize that someone speaks to you , how to hide this? Many have tried to hide their hearing loss but it does not work. One of the Hard of Hearing screening questions is “loved ones hinted that  you do not hear well. They are the first to know.

Your voice will betray you. Hearing less, we talk too loud. You can try to pretend to understand and whisper …. When the hearing loss is important, the tone of voice also changes.

Tempting to hide their hearing problem, people tend to monopolize the floor as there is no risk of misunderstanding. This is very unpleasant for others. You remember the great aunt who spoke loudly and always? Ah, you fled too?

8) I’ll get fitted when I need a hearing instrument

Fortunately our hearing dulls gradually. When is it ‘enough’ to decide to buy a device? How will you decide? Have you given yourself a limit like:

  • 3 people complained of your television being too loud,
  • One of your relatives is exasperated at having to repeat
  • You have decided not to repeat
  • Your children are inaudible,
  • You cannot hold a conversation from one room to another?

Hard to say. However not getting help, be it from a personal amplifier or from a hearing instrument  is cutting oneself from others.

9) It does not work

The brain is the best hearing aids that we have invented: it is able to understand a conversation hearing one word out of ten.  With electronic devices, we have not yet come to this performance, however, they can be of help in difficult situations. The clinical study conducted by the Nice University Hospital on TEO first personal sound amplifier shows that hearing-impaired users understood 8 words out of 10 with the device.  Without assistance while they understood only 5 words. This makes conversations much less strenuous.
For very difficult situations: cocktail, very noisy environment,hearing aids are not yet efficients .

10) A hearing aid is expensive

Conventional equipment is expensive 3600 euros on average enough for both ears according to INSEE. A personal sound amplifier like TEO first costs  229 euros for both ears. This is cheap to  benefit from digital sound processing and listening comfort, made ​​in France.

 

Personal Sound Amplifier TEO First

rechargeable hearing aid teo first

✔ digital amplification from 0 to +20 dB

✔ Protection against loud noises

✔ Designed and Made in France

✔ 229 Euros for both ears

 

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Helping you choose your hearing device

Choosing a hearing aid will depend on the type of hearing problem, but also on personal preference. We focus particularly on smart sound amplifiers and hearing aids.

Smart sound amplifiers

For people with mild hearing loss related to age, presbycusis.

Smart sound amplifiers can be analog or digital. The analog ones amplify sounds captured by one or more microphones. Analog aids allow only limited sound processing contrary to digital assistants such as smart sound amplifier TEO . On top of amplifying sounds, they process it for more enjoyable listening.

Assistants listening does not require prescription and costs an average of 200 €.

Hearing aids

Prostheses are sold by an audiologist and issued only under prescription.

They are intended to compensate for hearing loss by a suitable apparatus. They are custom made and may be suitable for the most severe deafness. They cost an average of € 1,500 per ear.