Hearing AidPosted on December 15, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Hearing Loss
A hearing aid is an electronic device with a small microphone that makes sounds louder. A hearing impairment or Hearing Aids is anything that causes us to not hear in a fully functioning way. Hearing impaired Devices like phones that make it possible for people who suffer from moderate to severe hearing loss to overcome communication barriers.
Many hearing aids are available in 2 types – analog or digital. Digital hearing aids are the more expensive choice although the sound quality and hearing improvement is better when compared to analog models. When it comes to wearing the actual hearing aid consumers have a variety of options.
Hearing loss is a gradual process and many people don’t realize the extent to which their hearing has deteriorated. The effects of untreated hearing loss can lead to anxiety, insecurity, isolation and depression. So, to reduce these effects hearing aid is the best technology. Here are some benefits of hearing aids.
- They can significantly enhance the quality of life for most people with hearing impairment.
- Most hearing aids also include circuitry to keep sound from becoming too loud and to help reduce the effects of background noise.
- They can dramatically improve one’s awareness of surrounding sounds and voices.
- They have greater control over the prosthetic device.
- They are affordable, flexible & accessible for repairs.
- They can be easily maintained.
Disadvantages of Hearing Aids:
- Limited hearing assistance in high frequency range.
- Ear molds and their acoustic feedback issues may be repetitive, time-consuming and aggravating.
- Loud noises are bothersome for those using linear amplification.
- Hearing aids for those with severe loss need to be fitted carefully, assertively, and well-monitored; securing the appropriate audiologist to accomplish aided thresholds that provide ease in “access to conversational sound” may be difficult in some locations.
Hearing aids do come in a number of styles, which differ in size and the way they’re placed in your ear. The following are common hearing aid styles:
- Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids
- In-the-Canal Ear Hearing Aids
- Completely-in-Canal Ear Hearing Aid
- In-the-Ear Hearing Aid
- Body-Worn Hearing Aids
Proper maintenance and care will extend the life of hearing aid. So, keep hearing aids away from heat and moisture, clean hearing aids as instructed, avoid using hairspray or other hair care products while wearing hearing aids, turn off hearing aids when they are not in use, replace dead batteries immediately.
Although hearing aid is always on the rescue, it is still better to do hearing protection and regular hearing test. For sure, all would want to hear through their ears rather than through hearing batteries. So, before you add to the millions of people using hearing aid, hearing protection and regular hearing test should now be in your priorities.
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