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Hearing Aids Can Really Improve Hearing

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With hearing aids, most Americans can treat their hearing loss. Most adults with hearing loss can benefit from medical treatments and surgical procedures. You can hear better with hearing aids even if you do not have hearing loss. We receive information through our ears, store it in our brains and process it into meaning in the brain.

A hearing aid boosts hearing by registering long-lost sounds in the brain. Accustoming to the amplification process requires time, patience and endurance. Your brain learns to interpret sounds, focus on some and filter out others, just as it did when you were hearing normally.

You can improve your hearing with hearing aids, but they cannot cure your hearing loss – just as glasses cannot cure your nearsightedness or farsightedness. The tools you use to manage the problem are not perfect, but they can significantly improve your quality of life. You may struggle to hear well in certain situations even if your hearing aids are successfully fitted. If possible, keep background noise to a minimum and pay closer attention to people as they talk while wearing your hearing aids.

Hearing Aids

Those with hearing loss may have no other choice but to use a hearing aid. We no longer live in a world of eye-catching devices and giant trumpets. You can improve your hearing and your appearance with the hearing aids your audiologist recommends!

There are cases when more direct approaches are required when it comes to hearing issues. For more information on how best to manage your hearing, contact your audiologist.

What Are the Benefits of Hearing Aids?

The sound entering the ear is amplified by a hearing aid. People who have a sensory neural hearing loss, which means their inner ear has been damaged, are usually prescribed hearing aids. Hearing aids send neural signals to the brain to the auditory nerve which can detect the sound delivered by hearing aids.

Hearing aids that are designed for mild-to-moderate hearing loss are the best. Those with severe or profound hearing loss commonly use power models because the batteries need more power. 

How Do I Get Hearing Aids?

A hearing test result showing hearing loss on an audiogram generally indicates the need for hearing aids. A number of hearing clinics and audiology businesses in the U.S. sell hearing aids online. With our consumer-reviewed hearing center directory, you can locate a clinic near you.

Hearing Aid Technology

Modern hearing aids use technologies like telecoils and artificial intelligence. The use of telecoils improves hearing in public settings like theaters and airports. Wireless technology, however, enables two hearing aids to communicate and function as one hearing aid system. This means hearing aids can also connect to wireless audio sources, like Bluetooth. 

What's even better? Apps are available from many manufacturers that help users control their hearing aids more easily.

Hearing Aid Fitting

Audiologist will take into consideration a variety of factors when recommending hearing aids for you, as well as determining which device is suitable for you to wear. You will need to determine not only based on the type and severity of your hearing loss but also what will be best for you in terms of budget, cosmetic concerns, career demands and other considerations. 

There is a wide variety of brands, styles and technology levels of hearing aids, and each of them may or may not suit your hearing needs. The same person experiencing the same kind of hearing loss might end up with a different type of hearing aid depending on other factors while selecting them. It is therefore difficult to compare hearing aids in this situation. To determine what is the most appropriate option and feature for you, you should speak with your audiologist.

Will I Hear Better Right Away?

It is true that you will need to get used to your new hearing aid over time. After you receive a hearing aid, you will be fitted by an audiologist who will adjust the features and levels of the device to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from it. If you are changing hearing aids for the first time, you should be aware that wearing a new device will require some adjustment. After years of wearing hearing aids, you may find that getting used to a new device takes some time even if you have worn hearing aids for years.

To learn more about how hearing aids can help to improve your hearing contact the Hearing & Balance Specialist of Illinois at 775-336-0211.