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Can Hearing Aids Damage Hearing?

a hearing aid placed in the ear of a patient

If you’re in the market for hearing aids, then you may be wondering if they can damage your hearing. The truth is that there’s no reason to be concerned as long as you get the proper fit and know how to use them correctly.

It’s best to work with an audiologist if you need to be treated for hearing loss and buy hearing aids. They can test you, answer your questions and make sure that you get the right hearing aids for you. Educate yourself about what you can do to combat adjusting to devices and confirm your pair of hearing aids fits you comfortably so you can have a better experience.

Transition to hearing aids

Some people fear that they can’t hear as well without hearing aids after wearing them for some time. There’s no need to worry about this concern because what’s happening is, you’re in the process of getting accustomed to your hearing aids. It’s a transition period and may take your brain a matter of time before you’re able to adjust to this change fully.

When you put on and wear your hearing aids, you’re becoming accustomed to new sounds. With them, you’re able to hear what’s going on around you and in your environment with ease. Therefore, when you take out your hearing aids, it may seem as though you can’t hear anything and that your surroundings are dull and quiet. The more you wear them and get used to your hearing aids, the more familiar your new normal will become to you. You can even set your mind at ease to confirm there haven’t been any changes in your hearing loss by working with an audiologist and running a few tests.

Proper fit

They don’t make all hearing aids the same, and not all patients have the same amount of hearing loss. Therefore, you must work with an audiologist who can help you find the proper product and fit of hearing aids. They’ll be able to recommend what you should be wearing and adjust them to help you combat getting used to your devices.

Properly programming your hearing aids is vital to you having a positive experience with them. Programming your devices is a task you should leave up to your audiologist since they have the proper training and knowledge to help you ensure they’re set correctly for your needs. You want to be able to maximize your hearing aid benefit by making sure they’re providing the correct amount of amplification in all situations and environments.

The benefits

Hearing aids not only do not damage your hearing, but they’re known to sharpen your hearing abilities and slow the progression of hearing loss over time. You’ll feel less annoyed because you’ll be able to listen to what others are saying without having to stress or stain or continue to ask questions. They may also slow cognitive decline and help make you less prone to experiencing symptoms of dementia down the road. Overall, you’ll be healthier and more mentally alert when you get in the habit of wearing your hearing aids all the time.

Furthermore, hearing aids are known to improve your balance and decrease the risk of falls and injuries, especially as you age. You’ll have a much better quality of life and more fulfilling days when you can hear well and don’t have to struggle to make out what’s going on around you. You want to make sure that the hearing aids you choose are correctly fitted and comfortable to wear. Therefore, consult with an audiologist and ask for their input and advice when it comes to picking out your hearing aids and getting them set up.

Your hearing is an essential part of your overall health and wellbeing, and a loss of it can be life-altering. Without your hearing, you risk becoming frustrated in social situations and possibly isolating more so you don’t have to feel embarrassed about your hearing loss. You should now realize how beneficial hearing aids can be and glad to know that you don’t have to worry about them damaging your hearing when you have the right fit, and they’re programmed correctly.

If you’ve noticed signs that your hearing is going or you already have hearing aids and need to be tested or fitted again then contact us at Hearing Health Care at Myrtle Beach 843-497-6156 and Conway 843-488-2717. We’d be happy to help you with your hearing troubles and get you heading in the right direction again so you can improve your life and health.