Understanding Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

Hearing loss affects many Canadians each year therefore it is important to have your hearing tested regularly – just like you would book a dentist, optometrist or doctor’s appointment.

Evidence is mounting that untreated hearing loss is a significant national health concern, and studies have linked it with other serious health problems, including depression, a decline in memory and concentration, and perhaps even dementia.

Understanding Hearing Aids

Once sensory hair cells in the inner ear are dead, there’s no bringing them back. But hearing aids may significantly improve your ability to hear by stimulating the remaining hair cells

Hearing aids have a microphone to pick up sound, an amplifier to make sound louder, and a receiver that sends the sound into the ear canal. In modern digital aids, microphones transmit sound to a computer chip, which adjusts the volume and amplifies the sound frequencies needed to help improve your hearing.

A hearing professional can program a digital aid to filter out wind and other background noise, and can often match your specific hearing loss pattern. Some higher-end models can sync wirelessly with your smart phone, enabling you to take calls, stream audio, and even adjust your aid’s settings through an app on your phone.

The right hearing aid for you depends on several factors, including the kind and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle and your manual dexterity. However, a hearing aid that one person likes might not impress someone else, even If both have almost identical audiograms, a hearing test that also measures the degree of hearing loss.

And even within the same brand, there can be several versions of a given model. That kind of variation makes comparing hearing-aid models and brands very challenging.

Finally, it is important to have realistic expectations. Most hearing aids will never completely remove background noise and allow you to hear only the person (or people) talking.

Tuning in to Hearing Aid Types

Hearing aids are like advanced personal hearing computers. These fully digital hearing aids offer great fitting capabilities and automatically adjust to sounds and speech. Our hearing care professionals are fully trained to work with you to select the most appropriate product based on your hearing loss, your lifestyle and your budget. They can fit any product from the most basic to the most technologically advanced hearing aid.