"Kindness, a language deaf people can hear and blind see."
As soon as adults hear the words "hearing aids", many immediately think of their "old" relatives. In reality, many active adults and children in Broward County and Palm Beach County, Florida are experiencing better hearing thanks to hearing aids that compensate for speech sounds, environmental sounds and the needs of the user. Instead of feeling "old", people throughout Pompano Beach, Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Deerfield, Parkland, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton are living their lives to the fullest, thanks to their hearing aids.
What is a hearing aid?
Hearing aids are made up of three parts - a microphone, an amplifier and a speaker. Rather than simply making sound louder, hearing aids make sound easier to hear. What's the difference? Sound enters the hearing aid through the microphone where it is converted into electrical signals. These electrical signals are then amplified and pumped into the ear via the speaker. In essence, a hearing aid does some of the work the inner ear would normally do.
Just because your friend or family member did not do well with hearing aids doesn't mean you're not going to do well, because the hearing aid is only as good as the professional ability to program correctly and the equipment they use to measure the hearing aid performance. The quality and satisfaction is not measured on how much you or friend paid of the product.
Today's hearing aids are sophisticated pieces of machinery, many of which contain microprocessors that adapt to the needs of the user. Hearing aids can be fitted completely in the ear canal, in the ear, or over the ear. Which one a person chooses depends on the type and level of their hearing loss, their comfort and their lifestyle needs. Hearing aids can also be digitally programmed to respond to speech sounds, music, environmental sounds or even crowded situations.
Who is the ideal candidate for a hearing aid?
Hearing aids are most useful to people with a moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss, or damage in the inner ear. This damage can be caused by aging, injury from persistent noise and exposure to chemicals or medications. Since hearing aids amplify sound waves entering the ear, the inner is able to convert these stronger vibrations into sensory signals that travel to the brain.
My hearing loss is not that bad. Should I wait to get a hearing aid?
Only one in five people who would benefit from hearing aids actually wear them. Most hearing loss occurs gradually over time. In fact, many people with a hearing loss do not detect the slight changes in their listening habits until they are pointed out by a loved one. Even then, many people with an identified hearing loss are reluctant to wear hearing aids. In reality, hearing is a perishable skill. Unlike glasses, which provide an immediate improvement in sight, hearing aids often require an adjustment period for your brain to reacquaint itself with the hearing process. The longer you wait to be fitted for hearing aids, the harder it is for your brain to relearn how to process sound. If you live too long with a hearing loss, you may never regain your ability to hear at your pre-hearing loss level, even with hearing aids.
Still curious whether a hearing aid is right for you? Contact Advanced Quality Hearing Systems for a free hearing examination.