A hearing aid is a specific type of medical device designed to amplify sound waves. What this means for patients is that not everyone with hearing loss will benefit from having a hearing aid because there are different types of hearing loss:
People with mixed or conductive hearing loss need an amplification device like a hearing aid. When you have conductive hearing loss, it means sound has trouble reaching your inner ear where it can be translated into electric impulses for the brain. People with sensorineural hearing loss can benefit from a different device such as a cochlear implant.
In the early days, hearing aids were called ear trumpets because they gathered sound and directed it toward the inner ear. Modern devices are more complex but use the same basic process. They gather sound waves and amplify them so that they can reach your inner ear for processing. This is why having a professional help you find and fit the hearing aid is critical, because the better the fit the more effective the device.
Many variables go into the configuration a hearing aid. Dr. Vakkalanka and her staff will take into account the extent of the patient’s hearing loss, as well as certain physical characteristics and lifestyle factors. One of the most important decisions is style. There are many different kinds of hearing aids available, including:
There are additional features to consider, as well, like noise reduction or directional microphones that pick up sound from directly in front of the wearer.
Purchasing a hearing aid is an investment, so consider your options carefully. Dr. Vakkalanka and her staff can help you find a device with a trial period, for example, to make sure it fits your needs. You will also want a hearing aid that comes with a warranty in case something goes wrong with the device.
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