Understanding What Hearing Aids Are

Understanding What Hearing Aids Are

A lot of people suffer hearing problems, and it can hamper productivity at work, as well as affect important areas of the person’s life like relationships and overall societal involvement. There are several implications that come with the loss of hearing, and this is why hearing aids were created. People with hearing loss do not have to live away from society, because hearing aids can help them get actively involved in any social activity they choose.

However, there are two major types of hearing aids; the analog hearing aids which were the first set of hearing aids that were created, and the digital hearing aids which come with more and enhanced features. Digital hearing aids are an improvement of what analog hearing aids are. They are digital because they have computer chips that propagate different automated functions like the conversion of sound waves to audible signals, and they also come with different enhanced features.

How Hearing Aids Work

Basically, hearing aids are battery operated electronic devices consisting of three major parts; receiver, amplifier, and microphone. The basic operations are easy to understand; when there are sounds around the wearer of the hearing aids, the microphone picks these sounds; the amplifier processes the sounds and balances the loudness before sending to the receiver that transmits into the user’s ears.

Who Needs Hearing Aids?

Most times, the users of hearing aids are those who have experienced some damage to their inner ear as a result of constantly listening to loud noises, disease, or as a result of reactions to some types of medication. In some instances, surgery may be a solution to conductive hearing loss, but not everyone may want that, especially if there is the possibility that hearing aids can help the situation.

Types of hearing aids

Before determining the right hearing aids to use, it is the job of the Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist to perform diagnosis in order to evaluate and begin treatments. The ENT specialist determines whether you need a hearing aid. However, the correct device is recommended based on some of the following: 

  • Age
  • Lifestyle
  • Type of hearing loss problem
  • Severity

Hearing aids are divided into two major types:

  • Analog hearing aids

These are characterized by analog controls of volume, and have limited features.

  • Digital hearing aids

These are computerized hearing aids that perform different functions like auto-adjusting volume, pitch, and direction of sound, among other functions.

There are different styles of hearing aids like the canal hearing aids, In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, and the popular BTE (Behind-the-ear) hearing aid.

BTE (Behind-The-Ear) Rechargeable Hearing Aids

The BTE hearing aid is an innovative technology that is comfortable, light, and easy to use. It consists of a small case that has the components of the device, an ear mold that is custom made to fit into the wearer’s ear canal, and a transparent tube that serves as a connector between the small case and the ear mold. The small case sits comfortably behind the ears and contains the microphones, battery, computer chip, and amplifier.

We offer efficient BTE hearing aids to help you hear better, because we believe that you do not have to live a secluded life because you have hearing loss that makes it difficult to socialize. 

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