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Find Which Hearing Aid Is Right For You

by Caitlin Obara

Did you know that hearing loss is often associated with depression and antisocial behavior, particularly in aging adults? If you are unable to hear the beautiful sounds around you or interact in communication and social gatherings, these negative effects may occur. Luckily, we live in a day and age when such effects can be reduced and you can still live a happy, fulfilling life.

Basic Devices Available

Analog Hearing Aid:

How it works: The analog hearing aid basically amplifies sound around you by using a miniature microphone and speaker system. This type of hearing aid can be helpful, but it can also cause some other problems as well. In fact, if there is a sudden loud noise that is amplified through your hearing aid, it could further damage your hearing. Be sure to be mindful of your surroundings and adjust your hearing aids accordingly for the best sound. 

How it looks: These are usually more big and bulky than others. It is worn around the outside of the ear and is typically a plastic that matches the color of your ski to provide some discreetness.

Digital Hearing Aid

How it works: The digital hearing aid uses basic concepts used for the analog hearing aid but with greater technology. A microphone is used to amplify sound, but as sounds get louder or softer in the room, the hearing aid adjusts. This is all thanks to microchips and higher technology. These will be more pricey, but worth the extra cost.

How it looks: Basically, a piece of shaped plastic is worn behind the ear with a smaller piece that goes directly in your ear. Some are more or less noticeable than others. There are even options that take away the outer ear piece, leaving just a small inner portion that sits inside your ear. Some options even let you add a decorative touch.

Cochlear Implant:

How it works: For those with severe hearing loss seeking a more permanent option, an implant may be best. This procedure requires special surgery and must be discussed with your health care professional and/or hearing specialist beforehand. Instead of amplifying the sound, these implants use technology that actual simulates natural ear stimulation to create hearing that is more natural.

How it looks: A small plastic piece connects to the outside of the head near the ear and a small cord connects to a smaller ear piece. 

As you look for the right hearing aid for you, think about different aspects, such as size, placement, and comfort. Be sure to talk with an experienced audiologist to find what is best for you and be on your way to an improved life experience. Check out this website for more information and visuals.

For more information, contact a company like Waters ENT Sinus & Allergy.