Hearing loss affects every aspect of life -- emotional, mental, and physical, societal disadvantages and a great risk in emergencies. In children hearing problems can affect the ability to learn speech and language. In adults hearing loss can cause work related complications, strain on relationships, and a decrease in productivity to name a few. Hearing aids help more than just your ears; they help you get back your life!
Hearing aids are designed to process sound in a way that gives the wearer a greater chance of understanding what is presented. At the present time hearing aids are more adaptable and flexible to meet hearing loss needs more than ever! This gives the us the ability to configure and match not only the individual hearing loss but we can now match the lifestyle needs of the wearer.
Hearing loss may be caused by several factors, including genetics, aging, exposure to noise, infections, birth complications, trauma to the ear, and/or certain medications or toxins. The most common cause is chronic ear infections. Henceforth, testing for poor hearing is recommended for anyone experiencing diminished hearing sensitivity.
Hearing loss can be categorized as mild, moderate, moderate-severe, severe, or profound. Just to name a few symptoms indicating hearing loss.
- Difficulty hearing on the telephone
- Difficulty understanding speech, especially understanding women and children
- Sounds or speech becoming dull, muffled or attenuated
- Need for increased volume on television, radio, music and other audio sources
- Pain or pressure in the ears or a blocked feeling
- Hissing or other sounds in the ear when no external sound is present
Hearing aids can be an asset for those who are facing the troubling nature of hearing loss.
There are many types and styles of hearing aids available these days, which vary in size, power and circuitry. The most common types are behind the ear (BTE) aids or receiver in the canal/ear (RIC) which are the most adaptable to the vast majority of hearing losses. Other styles include: BTE Cross System, BTE Bi Cross System, In the ear (ITE/CIC), Invisible in canal hearing aids (IIC), and others.
Hearings aids have also evolved with the times implementing some of the technologies in other walks of life. FM listening systems and the use of Bluetooth, for example, have emerged with wireless receivers integrated with the use of hearing aids. Some models, like the Phonak Audeo and the ReSound line offer compatibility with separate wireless microphones that can be given to a partner to wear in a restaurant, in the car, during leisure time, in the shopping mall, at lectures, or during religious services. The voice is transmitted through wireless transmission to the hearing aids, eliminating the effects of distance and background noise. Bluetooth systems can also be connected to a television, car stereo, home entertainment systems, smart phones, etc.
It has been shown that hearing aids can (when proper hearing devices have been chosen for the particular hearing loss) improve the user's social, psychological and physical sense of well-being providing a better relationship with your family, feeling better about yourself, feeling more independent and secure to participate in social gatherings.