Who doesn’t enjoy finding a good bargain? But when it has to do with your health, be careful what you buy and keep your eye on the little details.
We know, it’s confusing, the names are rather similar, but hearing aids and hearing amplifiers are not equivalent. And making the wrong selection could have significant implications for your hearing and your general health.
A small device that goes in your ear, a hearing amplifier raises the volume of outside sound. These are generally very simple, one-dimensional devices which the government classifies as personal sound amplification devices. The volume of the world is essentially turned up.
These devices are usually not suggested for individuals with moderate to significant hearing loss because of their one-size-fits-all approach.
Distinct difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers
Once people learn that hearing amplifiers are not recommended for individuals with even moderate hearing loss, the differences between the two devices start to become rather plain. Hearing aids, obviously, are recommended for those with hearing loss.
Both kinds of devices are capable of raising the volume of external sound. The biggest difference between the two devices is how cutting edge that amplification is.
- With hearing aids, only particular frequencies of sound are boosted. That’s because people often lose their hearing one wavelength at a time. Wavelengths at the higher and lower end of the scale are generally the first to go. Hearing aids work to fill in the holes in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. For individuals who have hearing loss, this selective approach is more effective.
- Selecting and amplifying speech is one of the primary features of a hearing aid. Because communication is so central in our lives and also because of the uneven way hearing loss develops, this is an important function. As a result, hearing aid manufacturers have invested enormous resources into enhancing the clarity of speech above everything else. In order to make certain voices can be heard clearly even in a crowded room, advanced technology and algorithms are bundled inside of modern hearing aids.
- Hearing aids can be tuned to your environment. There are numerous variables that will influence the specific acoustics of a space. These adjustments can even be made automatically with some modern hearing aids. Others can be calibrated using a smartphone or a dedicated device. By making small adjustments to the settings of your hearing aid, you’re capable of hearing better in a wider variety of environments, meaning there will be fewer places you wish to avoid.
Simply put, these features are vital components of effectively treating hearing loss. In most cases, personal amplifiers don’t have these features.
Finding the best solution at an affordable price
Neglected hearing loss can bring about cognitive decline, along with increasingly diminished hearing abilities. With amplifiers, you’re very likely to do more damage to your hearing as the device doesn’t distinguish frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe volumes. And who wants to do that?
Unless your hearing loss is being caused by earwax, hearing aids and certain surgeries are the only authorized treatment options for hearing loss at this time. Neglecting hearing loss and avoiding treatment doesn’t save you money ultimately. Neglected hearing loss has been demonstrated to increase your overall healthcare costs more than 40 percent. The good news is, there are budget friendly options. Just ask us.