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What Are Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are small electronic devices that you select with the help of your Audiologist. They are worn in or behind your ear. They make some speech louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. Hearing aids 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.
How Hearing Aids Work
A hearing aid has three basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The hearing aid device 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 Hearing Aids Can Help You
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. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss. The damage can occur as a result of disease, aging, or injury from noise or certain medicines.
Hearing aids magnify 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.
Hearing aids and hearing accessories continue to evolve and improve. They are more powerful and more discrete, providing embarrassment-free audio enhancement. The experts at Hearing Care Specialists are constantly looking at these new and emerging technologies. We stay on top of breakthroughs and developments to make sure our patients have the latest and best options to experience better speech understanding and improved listening comfort.
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