If you or a loved one has been advised to use hearing aids to assist with hearing loss, it’s a good idea to find out what they are and how they work so you can feel more comfortable with the decision to use them. Some people are afraid to use hearing aids, as they don’t fully understand the benefits, and how they can enrich their life.
WHAT ARE HEARING AIDS?
Hearing aids are small devices that allow a person to hear better in quiet or noisy environments. They allow the users to listen and communicate with others and be able to go about their normal activities, even after they have been affected by hearing loss.
Hearing aids improve hearing by magnifying sound vibrations that enter the ears. They convert sound that is received through a microphone and amplify it through an ear fitting at the right volume for the level of hearing loss that a person has.
Even as recently as a few decades ago, many who suffered from hearing loss felt embarrassed to wear hearing aids due to their large design that stood out to others. Thankfully now there are many discreet options that are almost impossible to spot.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF HEARING AIDS
Hearing aid technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past century, and today, there are two types of hearing aids commonly found:
Analog hearing aids
Analog hearing aids first came on to the market in the 60s and 70s but are still used today. They have a microphone that transforms sound into a current, which is then amplified and played through a speaker or receiver. While they are not as advanced as digital hearing aids, analog devices are a cheaper alternative and mean that people who cannot afford expensive aids are still able to obtain assistance with their hearing.
Digital hearing aids
The most advanced technology that we’ve seen in the world of hearing aids has brought us digital devices that are much more comfortable and discreet than any previous designs. They work in a similar way to analog models, but they convert sound waves into numerical codes, and you have more control over how you receive the sounds around you. Digital hearing aids include practical settings and features and are able to analyze your environment to give you the best sound quality.
Digital hearing aids come in a variety of forms to fit the needs of users. You can find:
- Behind the ear
- In the ear canal
- Receiver in the canal
- Invisible in the canal
With different options available that are not as easy to spot as previous device types, those who suffer from hearing loss are able to feel more confident about using hearing aids on a day to day basis
AHA has learned a lot from the evolution of hearing aids and has called on decades of design and research to offer our users the best in comfort and accessibility. But don’t just take our word for it, check out what some of our customers have had to say about our products. Feel free to give us a call on (877) 654 9071 if you’d like to chat with one of our professional hearing aid experts.