Three Myths About Your Hearing

March 6th, 2013 by Jessica Williams, Au.D.

Myths about hearing

Know the facts about your hearing and dismiss the myths.


Myth #1: Cotton swabs are a great way to clean my ears.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, cotton swabs actually impact the wax and push it farther into your ear. Over time, this impacted wax can harden and create a multitude of health problems. Since the eardrum is easily reached with a cotton swabs, you also run the risk of accidentally puncturing your eardrum while trying to clean it. So what’s the solution? As a general rule, your ears are self-cleaning. Earwax only collects in the outer one-third of the ear canal and is typically washed away as the dead skin naturally sloughs from your ear and daily shower water enters the canal. If you suspect your ears need more cleaning than what your soap and washcloth can provide, consult your AudigyCertified™ audiologist.

Myth #2: Hearing aids will restore my hearing back to normal.

Hearing aids work with the hair cells in your inner ear to amplify sound. Although they have come a long way over the past 20 years, they won’t completely restore your hearing, and you may hear sound differently than before. Many variables determine how well hearing aids will improve your ability to hear, including the type of hearing loss you’re experiencing, as well as the severity. Once you’ve had a hearing evaluation, one of our AudigyCertified audiologists will help you choose the best hearing aid for your listening lifestyle.

Myth #3: I don’t need a hearing aid.

Many people deceive themselves and those around them out of a false sense of pride. They reduce their quality of life and miss out on valuable time with friends and family members because there is a great deal they can no longer properly understand. Early intervention makes sense and protects the brain against long-term damage. Consult with one of our AudigyCertfied audiologists about hearing aids. You will be amazed at the difference it can make in your life. 

Contact our office to make an appointment with one of our AudigyCertified audiologists to learn more facts about your hearing.

Jessica Williams, Au.D.

About Jessica Williams, Au.D.

Dr. Jessica Williams graduated from Murray State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. She completed her clinical Doctorate in Audiology at the University of Louisville in May 2012 and joined Hearing Professional Center after graduation. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA).