According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, an estimated 35 million children and adults in the United States have a hearing loss, and approximately 95 percent of those could successfully wear hearing aids. If you have a hearing loss yourself, selecting the most suitable hearing aids can be vital to enjoying life to its fullest.
Our audiologists are experts in today’s modern technology, which provides significant advances compared to older conventional hearing aids. Thanks to advances in technology, we now have a vast selection of programmable hearing aids that use digital signal processing and directional microphones for better hearing in almost every listening situation.
Hearing aids do differ in the amount of amplification, style, size, and features. Remember, there is a significant difference between the cost of the hearing aid and its level of performance. However, all hearing aids have similar components that include the following:
- Microphones to pick up sound
- Amplifiers to make the sound louder
- Receivers (miniature loudspeaker) to deliver the amplified sound into the ear
- Batteries to power the electronic components
- Some hearing aids also have earmolds to direct the flow of sound into the ear and enhance sound quality
Selecting the best hearing aids for you can be a complex process that depends on your listening needs, type of hearing loss, and lifestyle. Your audiologist will advise you on which of the basic hearing aid styles and features best meet your needs and their related costs.
Remember, just as eyeglasses do not “cure” vision problems, hearing aids do not “cure” hearing loss. However, they can help you enjoy the benefits of better living through better hearing.