Sorry? Did you say something? If you find it hard to hear other people, you could be one of the 48 million Americans who have some degree of hearing loss. Yes, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America report that 1 in 5 people report some degree of hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is the third most common condition that people suffer, just behind arthritis and heart disease.
Hearing aids provide a high-tech, effective and efficient way to considerably improve your hearing, yet only 16% of those who need them have one. Why is this? Whether it’s the aesthetics, the functionality or the social stigma, it is high time to dispel some of the myths of the hearing aid world.
Myth #1: It will look bad
Substantial advances in hearing aid technology in recent years mean that hearing aids are now practically invisible; fitting snugly inside your ear. They are slim, light and more discreet than ever. Nobody will ever know that you are wearing one, unless you tell them.
Myth #2: It will not work
Our range of hearing aids features models for every type of hearing issue. They have the ability to substantially improve your hearing and re-introduce you to happy, everyday sounds you may have forgotten all about; birds singing, water running or the sound of the wind outside your window.
Myth #3: It will be uncomfortable or fiddly
Hearing aids are moulded to fit perfectly inside your ear, and you will soon get used to how yours feels and forget it is there at all. Most hearing aids also adjust automatically to different situations, so there will be no need for constant fiddling and adjustments.
Myth #4: Hearing screening hurts
One of our expert audiologists will undertake your personalized screening, using the best possible methods to ensure you have a completely comfortable and pain-free examination. We use only non-invasive techniques to look into your ears and test which sounds and frequencies are causing you problems. Though our screenings are very comprehensive, they are also quick so it won’t be long before you can get on with your day.
Now the myths have been busted, how about taking the first step towards healthier hearing and book a hearing screening with us today?
An Abbeville, Louisiana native, Dr. Thom realized her love for speech, language, and hearing while taking a speech pathology class her junior year at LSU. After completing a bachelor of arts in communications disorders, that love persisted, and Dr. Thom graduated in 2011 with a clinical doctorate in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Thom continues to make sounds and language more accessible to her patients and likes to learn about their unique hearing and communication needs. An active member of the Louisiana Academy of Audiology, she has been serving as a board member for two years, and was the 2016-17 President of LAA.