Hearing aids-how they may help you hear what you've been missing

by Nancy Salim

Have you noticed your hearing has changed? Maybe you’ve noticed subtle differences over time, or even a dramatic difference in a short period of time.  No matter how the loss has occurred, you are aware that your hearing is not the same. If you haven’t had your hearing tested since you were in grade school, it may be time to schedule a free hearing screening. If your Doctor or hearing care professional has already recommended hearing aids, perhaps you’re considering demoing a pair of hearing aids to try out the latest hearing aid technology.

If you’re new to hearing aids and have questions about how they may help you, YourHearing explains how they work and what they may be able to do for you:

What is a hearing aid?

Let’s start with the basics. A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear and has three basic parts—a microphone, an amplifier and a speaker. Receiving sounds through the microphone, the hearing aid converts sound waves to electrical signals and sends them to the amplifier, which increases the power of the signals and then sends them to the ear through the speaker. This is how hearing aids help bring sound closer.

Today’s hearing aids are small, discreet and powerful. They sit discreetly behind the ear, or directly in the ear canal.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids rest comfortably behind the ear, and usually come in colors that match your hair or skin with a clear plastic tube that sits close to the head and directs sound into the ear canal.

Inside-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids sit inside the ear canal making them unnoticeable.

How can hearing aids help?

Hearing loss, of any degree, is usually permanent. While hearing aids won’t restore your normal hearing, depending on the severity and type of hearing loss, they may help you hear better, and improve your communication and comprehension. Other benefits to addressing hearing loss are restored confidence, through a better sense of hearing which is beneficial to your mood, your career, your social life and your personal sense of well-being.

With hearing aids you can go about your daily life the same as you do now. The results of a U.S. study found that approximately 9 million Americans who wear hearing aids restrict their daily activities because they’re worried they will ruin the device. But wearing hearing aids doesn’t have to mean an end to your favorite activities—with the proper hearing aid style, you can continue enjoying the activities and sports you love.

Which hearing aid will work best for me?

It depends on the results of your hearing screening, which will determine the type and level of your hearing loss, and if hearing aids are necessary. If you find that you will benefit from a hearing device, they will be programmed to match your specific hearing needs.

When looking into hearing aids, make sure to discuss your lifestyle and budget, and what features you want included in your hearing aid, such as waterproof, FM compatibility, blue tooth compatibility, wind noise reduction and more.  This way you can get a hearing instrument designed to integrate into your everyday activities.

Discuss your options with your hearing care professional who can help you find the right pair of hearing aids.

Ready to take the next step? Call 888.902.9310 to schedule an appointment or demo the newest hearing aids at a clinic near you.

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