Hearing Aid Technology

What Do Hearing Aids Do?

Hearing aids are instruments containing tiny computer chips that are specifically adjusted to an individual’s hearing loss. The hearing aid increases the volume differently for soft, average, and loud sounds for tones that encompass human speech. These measurements are determined by the results of a person’s hearing test. Hearing aids allow the brain to stay active and helps slow the ability to understand. Hearing aids are available in a variety of styles including ones that sit in the ear and ones that sit behind the ear. There are certain types of hearing loss that may require a particular style and some types of hearing loss where it may not make a difference.

How Much Are They And How Do I Choose?

Hearing aids are ‘in’ with regard to both style and technology! Manufacturing companies are continually doing research to make technology smaller, better, and more attractive. Even better, you don’t have to pay more for the modern look because it is the technology in the computer chip that determines the price. The bite-size, battery-powered chip has several levels of technology. This will basically determine how much the audiologist is able to adjust the hearing aid’s volume, pitch, background noise reducing manager, as well as any advanced technology and connectivity to other instruments.  There is something available for everyone, from the person who is mostly at home and rarely in group settings, to the active person who is in constantly changing environments. Although hearing aids use different size batteries, which have different life spans, they should not be the basis of your decision on style and level of technology. You choose the hearing aid that is right for you according to your hearing loss and needs, and from those instruments, select the one with the look that makes you happiest.

What Comes Along With Purchasing A Hearing Aid?

Every facility has its own process and contracts differently. Something they should all have in common is a trial period. Hearing aids are not like glasses in that you do not require follow-up. However, you will need to have multiple visits to tweak the sound with a hearing aid. This is partly due to the fact that hearing aids are rarely initially set to give back everything that is missed because no one would wear them! People do not always realize what they are missing and cannot tolerate the sound. It may take a few visits to make you happy.  Even after the trial period, many people will still need fine tuning as they adjust to the new sound. The most important thing to understand is that if the sound is not right, an adjustment is probably needed.  It is also essential to check into warranties as hearing aids will need fixing now and again because electronics do not handle moisture well (that comes along with everyday wear and tear) and can break down over time. Generally, hearing aids should last about 5-7 years even though the advancements in technology continue to grow. Hearing aids are a family process – everyone surrounding the person with hearing loss is affected. Everyone needs to learn how to best communicate with each other to reduce frustrations. Hearing aids are just that— aids, not miracles. They improve hearing but the enhanced sound is still traveling through a damaged system. Once this is accepted, hearing aids can be found to truly improve the quality of life.

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