Choosing Hearing Aids You Can Afford

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We all love a good bargain. But when it comes to your health, be careful what you buy and keep your eye on the small details.

The names “hearing aid” and “hearing amplifier” might seem similar but they are actually entirely different devices. And your overall hearing and health could suffer severe repercussions if you make the wrong decision about this.

What is a hearing amplifier?

A hearing amplifier is a small device that, when placed in your ear, raises the volume of the sounds around you. Technically classified as personal sound amplification products by the government, these devices tend to be very basic and one-dimensional. The volume of the world is essentially cranked up.

These devices are generally not suggested for people with moderate to significant hearing loss because of their one-size-fits-all strategy.

Clear difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers

Once consumers learn that hearing amplifiers aren’t recommended for people with even modest hearing loss, the differences between the two devices start to become rather stark. Hearing aids, obviously, are encouraged for individuals who suffer from hearing loss.

Both hearing aids and hearing amplifiers make things louder. But one of these devices has a much higher level of amplification technology and sophistication.

  • Picking out and amplifying speech is one of the primary functions of a hearing aid. To some extent, that’s due to the irregular way hearing loss progresses, but it’s also because communication is such an important function of your hearing. So this function has been prioritized by hearing aid producers who have put substantial resources into enhancing it. In order to make certain voices can be heard clearly even in a crowded room, advanced technology and algorithms are packed inside of modern hearing aids.
  • Hearing aids can be calibrated for your environment. The acoustics of any given place will change depending on a long list of variables. Some hearing aids can fine tune to these changes automatically. Other models can be tuned with a smartphone or a dedicated device. By making small adjustments to the settings of your hearing aid, you’re able to hear better in a wider variety of environments, meaning there will be fewer locations you want to avoid.
  • With hearing aids, only specific wavelengths of sound are boosted. That’s because people normally lose their hearing one frequency at a time. Frequencies at the higher and lower end of the scale are generally the first to go. Hearing aids work to fill in the holes in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. This selective approach is far more effective for people who suffer from hearing loss.

Simply put, these features are crucial components of effectively managing hearing loss. Usually, personal amplifiers don’t have these abilities.

The right deal for your ears

Neglected hearing loss can bring about cognitive decline, along with increasingly diminished hearing abilities. Because amplifiers don’t distinguish between frequencies, if you raise the volume enough to hear what you’re missing, you’ll likely have it up too loud for other frequencies….and do additional damage. And that isn’t good for anybody.

Currently, the only recommended treatments for hearing loss, if it’s not a result of earwax, are certain surgeries and hearing aids. Dismissing hearing loss and bypassing treatment doesn’t save you money long term. General healthcare costs have been found to increase by over 40% with neglected hearing loss. The good news is, there are affordable options. We can help.

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20373077

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.