Hearing aids help those who help themselves by wearing them. Did you know that four out of the five people who could be helped by a hearing aid don’t use one? Maybe we don’t actually understand how hearing aids could help us hear the glorious sounds of life that we may be missing.
A hearing aid is a small, electronic device worn in or behind the ear. Sounds are made louder so that the hearing impaired can listen, communicate and be a full participant in life’s activities. These tiny technical transformers can help people hear more of life when they interact in both quiet and noisy settings.
There are three basic parts to a hearing aid:
The Microphone receives sound and converts the sound waves to electrical signals, sending them to the Amplifier, which increases the power of the signal, and sends it to the ear through the Speaker.
There are three basic types of hearing aid:
- Behind the ear – used by people of all ages; best serves those with mild to profound hearing loss; the electronics are contained in a case behind the ear.
- In the ear – benefits those with mild to severe hearing loss; completely fits inside the inner ear.
- In the canal – for mild to moderately severe hearing loss; fits the size and shape of the individual’s ear canal; is almost completely hidden.
Hearing aids best serve those who suffer hearing loss due to damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear. This comes as the result of disease, aging, injury from noise or as a side effect of certain medications. The more severe the damage to the sensory cells, the greater the hearing loss that occurs. Hearing loss in both ears is best compensated for by wearing a device in each ear.
Selecting the best hearing aid for you includes choosing one that is easy to use, so that you’ll use it regularly. Regular use allows you to adjust to the device and become comfortable with it. Practice placing and removing the hearing aid, cleaning it, changing the batteries and adjusting the volume until you’re a pro at handling it.
If you believe you may have hearing loss and could benefit from wearing a hearing aid, call Blount Hearing and Speech at 865-982-8557 in Maryville, Tennessee for more information or to schedule an appointment. Our audiologists and staff are experts with the latest diagnostic equipment and technology. A comprehensive hearing evaluation allows us to provide each patient with an individual solution to hearing loss. And patient satisfaction comes first at Blount Hearing and Speech. Don’t miss out on the sounds of life. Call us today.