That’s right, life is much better with the hearing aids.
In old cartoons, they show old people with hearing horns, usually an old man with a long white beard asking people to speak up. This is all the technology they had for centuries to allow hearing impaired people to hear conversation.
Today we have small electronic devices that amplify and filter the sound, enabling people to reconnect with society. These hearing aids can help you hear in both quiet and noisy settings (they are not just “amplifiers” but also filters with microphones. Modern miniaturization now allows amazing digital processing to be packed into aids the size of your thumbnail.
A hearing aid has a microphone, an amplifier and a receiver (or speaker). Good hearing aids combine new circuits to the amplifier so that only the “trouble” frequencies are amplified. Many have filters to lessen background noise ( the biggest complaint) and even have directional microphones so that you can better hear just the speaker you want to hear amid the noise.
Not your grandfather’s hearing aids.
Hearing aids improve the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the tiny sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. This is called sensorineural hearing loss. The hair cell damage can occur as a result of heredity, disease, aging, loud noise history, or even certain medicines.
The greater the damage to a person’s hair cells, the more severe the hearing loss. So the more the damage, greater the hearing aid amplification needed to make up the difference. There are some (very few) hearing losses that can not be treated with hearing aids. We have treated many patients who were written off as permanently deaf by our competitors. We work at the very cutting edge of the industry. Read about the Parkers’ family history here.
What to Do NOW
If you think you might have hearing loss and could benefit from hearing aids, call us directly and schedule a no-obligation appointment with one of our hearing professionals.
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