Hearing aids

Whether you or someone you know has hearing aids, or whether you have discovered you may need them in the future, it is important to know a bit more about them in order to be able to use them to their full advantage, as well as to communicate effectively with those who have them.

They are basically small electronic devices that you wear in or behind your ear. It aims to amplify sounds and make them louder, so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. A hearing aid can be effective in both quiet and noisy situations. Even though aids can provide a great service, only 20% of people who could benefit from them actually use them. The three different parts of a hearing aid are a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The microphone receives the sound waves and converts it to electrical signals that are then sent to the amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of the signals and then sends them to the ear through a speaker.

There are three basic styles of aids, which can all be used for mild to severe hearing loss. Behind-the-ear aids are made to fit behind the ear, and made of a plastic case containing electronic equipment that fits behind the ear, and a plastic earpiece that fits inside the outer ear. In-the-ear aids are made of a hard plastic case containing the electronic parts, and fits in the inside of the outer ear. Canal aids are made to fit into the ear canal. The in-the-canal hearing aid is made to fit the size and shape of an individual’s ear canal. A completely-in-canal hearing aid is nearly hidden in the ear canal.

If you suspect that your hearing may be deteriorating and you could make use of hearing aids then you should get your hearing assessed. For this you can consult your physician, who may then refer you to an otolaryngologist who will assess the cause of your hearing loss, and an audiologist who will assess the type and extent of your hearing loss. Once this has been established, you and your physician will work together to choose a hearing aid option that will best suit your needs. The cost of the hearing aid must also be considered, as prices can range drastically.

Once you have decided upon a particular type of hearing aid you will have to take care of it so that it can continue to benefit you. You should, as far as you can, keep your aids away from heat and moisture, hairspray or other hair care products. Clean them as instructed and turn them off when you are not using them.

Whether you already have hearing aids or are thinking of getting them, make the most out of the benefits that they can provide to enhance your life.

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