Not everyone is blessed with the ability to speak, hear, see or with any other feature for that matter. But, in this highly-tech world of ours, there have been solutions to a few problems. Like there are hearing aids for the person not blessed with the ability to listen to others.
All About Hearing Aids
To start with the basics, many might not be aware of what hearing aids exactly are. It is a small device one can fit in one’s ear to hear; it doesn’t have to be only used in a deaf person—older people start losing their ability to listen and use this to listen to things more clearly.
How Does It Work?
It has a three-part system that helps amplify sound, the first being the microphone that receives the sound and further converts it into a digital signal. After this, the digital sound’s strength is increased by the amplifier and this amplified sound is produced into one’s ear through the speaker.
A person is only supposed to wear it if hearing test results display hearing loss on an audiogram People of all age groups use these for mild or even profound hearing loss, for that matter. Companies like Blue Angels Hearing offer rechargeable behind-the-ears hearing aids which are the most popular worldwide because they are simple to operate.
Types of Hearing Aids
- Behind-the-ears: These aids have a hard plastic case worn behind the ear and is connected to a plastic earmould fitted inside our outer ear. People of all age groups use these for mild or even profound hearing loss, for that matter. These days, you can also get open-fit aids that fit behind the ear entirely. It has just one narrow tube connected to the canal, because of which it remains open.
- In-the-ear: These aids fit perfectly in the outer ear. They are used for people with mild to severe hearing loss. The material of the case which holds everything is made of hard plastic. A telecoil is added in some aids, enabling sound to pass into ears through circuitry rather than a microphone. It makes it easier for one to hear others’ sounds through the telephone.
- Canal aids: These are used for people with mild to slight severe hearing losses. There are two types here, one being hidden in the ear canal and one being made precisely according to the person’s ear canal. They are small, have less space for additional devices such as the telecoil, and are also difficult to adjust, so it is not preferable for young children or people with severe hearing loss. People do not use these much because they can damage one’s ears more severely in some cases.
While buying, one can keep a few things in mind, as per the size of their ear. Getting a fitted and adjustable aid is preferable. Second, choose the type of aid as per the intensity of the hearing loss. Well, don’t worry about that as the doctor’s help with that. Third, talking about the cost of the aid, there are expenses for all. Try questioning if the high-cost ones are worth it and are they having any other facility that would be easy to handle and use. Keep these things in mind, and of course, a doctor is always there to guide one.
No need to feel ashamed of wearing the aid cause not everyone’s identical.
Before opting or choosing any aid for oneself, it is highly recommendable to consult a doctor. All the information here is put together after research and to give one a brief idea of it. In no way are we trying to promote not visiting a doctor.