Hearing aids help to enhance the hearing ability of people with hearing problems.
Gone are those days of fondly called “EMS hearing aid”-Body worn hearing aid with wires attached and a box in the pocket. Now it is the era of high fidelity digital hearing aid, programmable with crystal clear sound.
There are two types of hearing problems that may develop in old age. This is the common type of hearing loss and affects both ears (Presbycusis) and progresses with age.
Hearing loss is a very common problem as people age and can be upsetting for the person that is afflicted and difficult for those around them. There are many ways to improve hearing in old age which can include hearing aids, medicines and surgery may not be helpful in this type of hearing loss in old age.
The hearing loss of old age is caused by nerve impairment which is common in the elderly. This hearing loss is generally associated with high pitched sounds like ringing-called Tinnitus.
First the person should check with ENT doctor who will set up tests to determine the amount of hearing loss they have. Once this is determined the doctor will recommend an audiologist to confirm the amount of hearing loss that is experienced. He will probably recommend a hearing aid.
Hearing aids are devices that can help restore hearing. They are run by batteries and can make sounds much clearer. They are small and once they are placed in the ear they are not very noticeable. Choosing the proper hearing aid is paramount in improving hearing. There are many types on today’s market and the person will really have to do research with their doctor’s advice to find which one is best suited.
Depending on the requirement, an open ear hearing aid is popular among those with hearing loss, while people with severe and profound losses may find BTE digital hearing aids to be more suitable. These are available in four main types such as open ear hearing aids, BTE (behind the ear), ITE (in the ear), and CIC (completely in the canal) digital hearing aids.
What is inside a hearing aid?
A hearing aid uses a tiny microphone and speaker to enhance sound, and through this amplification those with impaired hearing may be able to enjoy far better hearing. You can get a number of difference hearing aid devices, and different people benefit from different devices, so it is important to ensure that the device you are looking to buy is going to suit your needs before you actually make your purchase. It is also important to remember that hearing aids are not designed for totally deaf people, as users must be able to actually hear to some degree in order to benefit from an aid.
The hearing aid centre allows you to take the recommended hearing aid for a trial period, so you can wear it for a week, and see whether it works for you. If so, you can go ahead and pay the full purchase price. If it doesn\’t feel or sound right, you can simply return it and pay the small fee for the trial period.
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