Etobicoke Hearing Specialists Help Dispel Misconceptions about Hearing Aids
It is quite natural for people to express some degree of skepticism, or even negativism, about something they have not previously experienced in their lives. For example, some might say that they do not like seafood but have never actually tasted/eaten it, in much the same way that people who have never traveled by airplane might be critical about seating being cramped and uncomfortable.
Why is this mindset a common occurrence? Aside from the fact that some people simply seem to like finding fault with anything and everything, many people have their routines and preferences and therefore can become a bit uncomfortable when asked to do or try something different; instead of viewing a new situation as a chance to grow, improve, or gain some experience, their defence mechanism leads them to find reasons or rationalize why they should not move forward.
On the medical side of the ledger, this attitude may be present when hearing specialists and their patients discuss the use of hearing aids for the first time. In these instances, there can be a tendency, on the patient’s part, to dismiss or balk at the recommendation due to pre-conceived prejudices or misconceptions – and perhaps a measure of personal pride as well.
Some of the common misconceptions presented to hearing specialists about hearing aids include the following:
- Hearing aids are too expensive
- Hearing aids are for the elderlyonly
- Hearing aids whistle and squeal in your ears
- Hearing aids are for extreme hearing loss only
- Hearing aids are too noticeable and unappealing
- Hearing aids are cumbersome and uncomfortable
- Hearing aids pick up too many background sounds
- Hearing aids are all the same so just buy them online
In fact, all of these misconceptions can be dispelled through consultation with a certified professional such as the hearing aids specialists at Bravo Hearing Centre in Etobicoke. It will be important for patients to engage/participate in these conversations with an open mind, however, in order to appreciate the many hearing aid styles and options available and make an informed decision on the device that best meets their hearing and lifestyle needs.
A Full-Service Clinic for New and Existing Hearing Aid Wearers in Toronto
Although hearing aids do not restore the normal functioning of one’s ears, they can certainly help restore quality of life by resolving matters of sound quality and improving the clarity and understanding of conversations, audio portions of television/radio broadcasts, public announcements, presentations, etc.
When helping patients choose their hearing aids, the hearing aids specialists from Bravo Hearing Centre will take several factors into consideration, including:
- The type and degree of hearing loss
- Style– placement in or behind the ear
- Patient lifestyle i.e.: specific hearing needs
- Patient comfort with current/new technology
- Patient’s manual dexterity re: hearing aid size
- Budgetary concerns/medical insurance coverage
Based on this global assessment/consultation, the hearing specialists from Bravo Hearing Centre in Etobicoke will be able to make a confident recommendation to patients on the brand, model, and style of hearing aid that would be most appropriate for their individual needs. Bravo Hearing Centre provides a full line of hearing aid products from all major manufacturers, thereby offering patients throughout Toronto a wide range of options for addressing their individual/respective degree of hearing loss:
In addition, professional care from Bravo Hearing Centre continues beyond the selection and fitting of new hearing aids; this consists of such services as:
- Hearing evaluations
- Hearing aid evaluations
- Hearing aid adjustments
- Counseling on use and care
- Aural rehabilitation services
- Minor repairs performed onsite
For more information on the range of hearing products and services provided by Bravo Hearing Centre in Etobicoke, please see our Hearing Services page and our Products page.
If you have any questions or apprehension about the benefits or use of hearing aids, call the hearing specialists at Bravo Hearing Centre in Etobicoke today at 416-207-9711 to request a complimentary consultation at your convenience.