What is a hearing aid?
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 more fully in daily activities. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one.
A hearing aid has three basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The hearing aid receives sound through a microphone, which converts the sound waves to electrical signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of the signals and then sends them to the ear through a speaker.
How can hearing aids help?
Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. A hearing aid magnifies sound vibrations entering the ear. Surviving hair cells detect the larger vibrations and convert them into neural signals that are passed along to the brain. The greater the damage to a person’s hair cells, the more severe the hearing loss, and the greater the hearing aid amplification needed to make up the difference. However, there are practical limits to the amount of amplification a hearing aid can provide. In addition, if the inner ear is too damaged, even large vibrations will not be converted into neural signals. In this situation, a hearing aid would be ineffective.
MODERN HEARING AIDS TECHNOLOGY
For more than 30 years, our professionals have been immersed in the hearing aids industry, which means we have a full understanding of the top technology and devices on the market. Hearing aids can drastically improve your life – if you understand how to use them to their fullest – which is why we educate patients on the ins and outs of their devices and adjusting to hearing again.
THE PROFESSIONAL DIFFERENCE
The hearing instrument specialists at United Hearing Healthcare offer a professional difference. We form relationships with our patients built on trust, care and confidence. Too often individuals purchase hearing aids and end up leaving them in the drawer because they are not specifically tailored to their needs. Our professionals understand this concern and work closely with our patients to make sure their hearing aids are providing a successful listening experience.
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