A Hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate in everyday activities. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy environments.
Most of the time, hearing problems begins gradually. Family members often learn to adapt to someone’s hearing loss, without even realizing they are doing it.
Common Signs of Hearing Loss
- Asking other to repeat themselves
- Turning up the TV or radio to volume levels others find loud
- Having trouble understanding conversation in noisy places
- It sounds like other people are mumbling or slurring their words
- Having trouble hearing women and children’s voices
- Having trouble hearing while on the telephone
- Having difficulty following a fast-moving conversation or in crowded places like restaurants, malls, or meeting rooms
- Being told by others that you have hearing loss
- Experience ringing or buzzing in your ears
The main causes include excessive noise, infections, genetics, birth defects, infections of the head or ear, aging, and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment.
You should make an appointment with a hearing professional like an audiologist, hearing aid specialist or ENT doctor for an evaluation, consultation and hearing test. Many hearing care professionals offer this evaluation at no charge.
Treatment of hearing loss has shown to improve:
- Communication in relationships
- Ease in communication
- Earning power
- Sense of control over your life
- Social Participation
- Emotional stability
Hearing aids are microphones that convert sound into electrical signals. An amplifier increases the strength of the signal, and then a receiver converts it back to sound and channels it into the ear canal through a small tube or ear mold. A battery is necessary to power the hearing aid and to enable amplification.
While no hearing aid can filter out all background noise, our advanced hearing aids are designed to reduce some types of background noise so that you can enjoy conversations and improve communication in places like restaurants, business meetings and social environments.
Yes. Most people need an adjustment period of up to four months before becoming acclimated to – and receiving the full benefit of wearing their hearing aids.