For millions of people suffering from hearing loss, hearing aid devices are the best way to resume a better quality of life. If you are not sure of which type or style of hearing aid to opt for, this guide will help you.
What Is a Hearing Aid?
Hearing aids are electronic devices that can be customized to address specific types of hearing loss. All hearing aids contain a microphone that helps pick up auditory sounds from the environment, a chip that amplifies the sounds that are picked up by the microphone and a speaker that sends signals to your ear, and a battery that powers up the device.
More sophisticated devices usually have additional features like rechargeable batteries, a direct connection to the wearer’s smartphone, and more.
How Do Hearing Aids Help?
For people who suffer from hearing loss, hearing aids can amplify the sounds that go into the ear. This helps the wearer hear a lot better. Standard hearing aids work best for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, while more advanced, “power” models are useful for those with profound hearing loss.
How to Purchase Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are recommended if your hearing test results indicate that you have hearing loss across different frequencies or pitches. Hearing aids are sold by hearing aid dispensers and in audiology clinics.
However, we recommend you go through an ENT or your general practitioner who will put you in touch with a specialist if you are looking to purchase hearing aids. This will help ensure that you are able to buy the right hearing aids for your needs and that the device fits you well.
Can You Expect to Hear Better Immediately After You Purchase Hearing Aids?
Yes! But, remember that it will take you some time to get used to your hearing aids. Your audiologist will typically have you come in a few times so they perform fittings and fine-tune the working of the device so you are getting the most benefit from it. It is important to note that even if you are currently wearing hearings aids and are switching to a different type of device, there will be an adjustment period.