When you purchase hearing aids, you’re making an investment – in yourself, your relationships and your quality of life.

Buying hearing aids online or in box big stores may be convenient and offer savings, but the devices could be poor quality, ill-fitting, improperly programmed, or ineffective for your type and severity of hearing loss.

Hearing aid lemon laws can protect you if you’ve invested in a defective device, but it’s still important to work with a trusted hearing specialist to choose a hearing aid that will fit your specific needs and lifestyle.

With Better Hearing and Speech Month upon us, there’s no better time to dispel the misconceptions that are circulating about hearing loss and the types of treatment available to help those with the disorder.

Some common hearing loss myths debunked:

Hearing loss only affects older people and is merely a “sign of aging.”

In fact, the most common type of hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, is on the rise in younger generations. Hearing loss doesn’t discriminate based on age.

Your primary care physician will make you aware if you have hearing loss.

Hearing screenings are skipped in approximately 85% of routine physicals.

If you had hearing loss, you’d know.

Because the onset is often gradual, you might be unaware that your hearing is impaired.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” If you’re anything like me, you immediately picture the last cookie you ate glued to your hips.

But did you know that eating doesn’t just impact your waistline? Making healthy food choices can actually help prevent hearing loss.

Here is a list of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, along with some of their food sources and how they benefit your hearing:

These days, you can shop for just about anything from the comfort of your own home. And you’re apt to find some pretty good deals online, too.

But there are some things that just shouldn’t be purchased over the Internet.

Hearing aids are a perfect example.

You should only purchase hearing aids from a licensed, experienced audiologist.

Why?

  • To ensure your safety and satisfaction, you need comprehensive diagnostic audiometric testing to determine the extent and type of your hearing loss. The Internet (and even big box retailers) cannot provide the extensive testing that's critical for choosing the right hearing aid.

Have you been shot by Cupid's arrow? Do you want to whisper to your spouse just how much you love him? If your husband has untreated hearing loss, the two of you may not be able to communicate like you did in the past. Has his hearing loss weakened your emotional connection?

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show your spouse that your love is still as strong as the day you fell in love. Convince him to get his hearing check and accompany him to his appointment.

At Manatee Ear Center, we offer comprehensive hearing evaluations and will work to find a solution to meet his unique needs.

Contact us today with any questions you may have about our services or to schedule an appointment. We would love to help you strengthen your love connection.

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