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According to the UK’s biggest hearing loss charity Action On Hearing Loss, about two million people in the UK use hearing aids, but it is estimated that a further four million could benefit. What’s stopping them? Unfounded myths perhaps. You may be surprised to learn that many of the myths you might have heard in the past don’t even apply anymore. Hearing aids have come such a long way in recent years that some are even invisible when worn. The team at Your Hearing debunk some common myths about these incredible little gadgets.

Myth: Hearing aids are noticeable and obvious to everyone else

Modern hearing aids are available in a range of styles to suit you and your level of hearing loss. The smallest hearing aids available on the market are the invisible hearing aids. Suitable for those with mild or moderate hearing loss, the size of the device makes it small enough to fit in your ear canal so nobody knows it is there except you. They are tailor fitted to match the contours of your ears, making them comfortable for you to wear for as long as you need to.

Myth: A hearing aid might make me look old

The truth is that your hearing loss will be more noticeable to other people than today’s clever and discreet hearing aids. Some are entirely invisible, some are designed to look like modern bluetooth devices sitting on your ear; others can perfectly match your skin tone or hair, custom-made so your device sits discreetly in your ear without being noticed.

Myth: They make background noise too loud

Amplified background noise used to be the main complaint among hearing aid wearers. Analog hearing aids amplified all sounds equally, making background noises uncomfortably loud. Today, however, digital signal processing, directional microphones and noise cancellation features (designed to distinguish speech from noise) work much harder to amplify the sounds you want to hear and decrease the volume on background noise.

Myth: Hearing aids can be expensive

Hearing aids are available to suit a range of budgets. Something you should consider is that hearing aids provided by a qualified, registered hearing aid dispenser almost always include aftercare, so you should get at least 5 years use out of your hearing aids. A basic device should cost about £500 and a top technology hearing aid about £1500. These figures are usually doubled as 2 hearing aids are often required. Companies charging much more than around £1800 or less than £500 should be treated with caution. During the life of the hearing aids you can expect to have between 10 and 20 appointments with your hearing aid dispenser, who will ensure your device is working to its optimum capability for your needs.

FREE guide! For more impartial information why not request your FREE hearing aid guide from YourHearing.co.uk today? As they are totally independent, they have no vested interest in any particular brand, make or retailer. It means you can be sure all the guidance you receive is completely tailored to your individual needs. Or call their expert team today on freephone 0800 567 7621 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).