Did you know?
Hearing aids do far more than amplify sound – they also help protect people’s health. Did you know that people with a mild hearing loss who don’t get treatment are twice as likely to develop dementia as those who do get treatment? For people with moderate or profound hearing loss, the risk is even higher. Fortunately, people can dramatically reduce the risk with proper treatment.
Hearing aids: How to choose the right one
Perhaps you’ve thought about getting a hearing aid, but you’re worried about how it will look or whether it will really help. It may help ease your concerns to know more about:
• The hearing aid options available to you
• What to look for when buying a hearing aid
• How to get used to it
Hearing aids can’t restore normal hearing. They can improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds, helping you hear sounds that you’ve had trouble hearing.
How hearing aids work
Hearing aids use the same basic parts to carry sounds from the environment into your ear and make them louder. Most hearing aids are digital, and all are powered with a hearing aid battery.
Small microphones collect sounds from the environment. A computer chip with an amplifier converts the incoming sound into digital code. It analyzes and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss, listening needs and the level of the sounds around you. The amplified signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears through speakers.
Hearing aid styles
Hearing aids vary a great deal in price, size, special features and the way they’re placed in your ear.
The following are common hearing aid styles, beginning with the smallest, least visible in the ear. Hearing aid designers keep making smaller hearing aids to meet the demand for a hearing aid that is not very noticeable. But the smaller aids may not have the power to give you the improved hearing you may expect.