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Hearing Aids – Do You Need One?

By Mark Walters

Whether its through an infection to the ear, an injury of some sort, or just because they are getting on a bit, there are millions of people who suffer with hearing loss and partial deafness. For many of these people, in order to improve their hearing and have as normal a life as possible, the most appropriate solution is to use a hearing aid. But with variety of different options available, it can be hard to know which one to choose.

Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and while some are more effective than others, they all work in roughly the same way. A microphone in the hearing aid will pick up the sound that people would normally hear. This is then converted to an electronic signal and amplified before being sent to the small speaker in the hearing aid. The speaker converts the signal back to sound, which is then processed by the ear in the normal way.

Hearing aids traditionally used to be analogue, but more and more modern devices process sound digitally. This means they can be tuned to suit each individual wearers particular problem, and therefore offer an even greater improvement to their hearing.

Many people choose smaller hearing aids that are actually placed inside the ear canal, because they are less visible. However, these more discreet devices aren’t usually as powerful, so may not be appropriate if you have moderate or severe hearing loss. Hearing aids that are worn inside the outer ear may be slightly more effective, but if your hearing loss is severe, you may have to consider a more powerful device, like those that are worn behind the ear.

The size of your hearing aid may also be determined by cost, as well as how bad your hearing loss might be. The bigger, more obvious hearing aids are usually cheaper than the smaller “in ear” devices, because they don’t require the expensive technology to keep their size to a minimum.

Whatever the reason for your hearing loss, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a hearing aid, so the cost or what it looks like doesn’t need to stop you from being able to hear better. Getting your hearing loss properly diagnosed by a specialist will help you to understand your problem, and help you to decide which hearing aid will be most effective for giving you back some, or all of your hearing.

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Walters, Mark "Hearing Aids – Do You Need One?." Hearing Aids – Do You Need One?. 22 Aug. 2010. uberarticles.com. 11 Sep 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/home-and-family/elder-care/hearing-aids-do-you-need-one/>.

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