What is hearing aid
What is hearing aid
The hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear behind the ear and that helps you compensate for hearing loss. It is not just merely a standard sound amplifier, but a highly sophisticated communication device that will allow your hearing experience fit your unique needs. The primary purpose of this device is for you to hear better and with more quality, furthermore to join the abundance of sounds, conversations and other communication with the world. Using the hearing aid allows you to live life to the fullest. There is a big difference between the hearing aid and the hearing amplifier. Find out more (the difference between the hearing aid and the hearing amplifier)
How do hearing aid works and its parts
The hearing aid works by magnifying the sound vibrations that come into the ear. Damaged hairs in the inner ear detect increased vibrations, turning them into neural impulses, and send them to the brain. Each hearing aid has three basic parts:
- Microphone: collects sounds from the environment, analyzes them with a processing chip (e.g., processing speech and noise to reduce unwanted effects and background noise), and sends them to the amplifier
- Amplifier: amplifies the sounds coming from the microphone
- Headset: Transmits the sounds to the inner ear. The inner ear is the place where a sound is turned into electric impulses and sent with neurons to the brain that processes and recognizes it as what we hear.
- Battery: power supply
Each hearing device need to be chosen, adjusted and fitted to each person individually accordingly to his or her individual needs. Modern hearing aids require a configuration that fits with the hearing loss, physical characteristics, and lifestyle of an individual. This process is called fitting and is performed by a specialist.
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Hearing aids truly help
The first step towards better hearing is the acceptance of hearing loss. Only then you can see hearing aid as something that will help you, and that will genuinely replenish the abundance of sound around you. You will be able to listen to sounds you might not have heard for a long time and communication with society will be easier for you. You will not need to overconcentrate, and you will be less tired while listening conversations.
Hearing aids will enable you to:
- hear sounds in quiet or in noisy situations
- listen to sounds that will be louder and more understandable
- recognize speech and music in quiet and in noisy surroundings
- follow a conversation even if more people talk at once
- determine the direction and distance of a sound source
- connect with others again
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Adjustment period for hearing aid
It takes a little time to adjust to hearing aids. It is the same as when you get out on the sun after sitting at home in a dark place. In the beginning, you will find sunlight to be disturbing, but after a few minutes your brain will adapt to it, and you will enjoy a beautiful sunny day. It is the same with the hearing aid: your brain and hearing will have to adjust again to the “normal” sounds that surround you. At first, all sounds will look unnatural, loud, and some could frighten you, but you will quickly adapt to the benefits of the hearing aid and start enjoying conversations and sounds again. This period can last for a couple of days and can be tiring; moreover, it requires patience, commitment, and positive attitude.