They achieve a greater ability to participate in activities and interact with people on a normal level. It's unfortunate though that many people, for different reasons are unable to make the most of these life changing devices. Hearing loss can sometimes also be treated without the need for hearing aid devices.
There are now many different styles and types of hearing aid devices available to suit different wearers. The devices available can be easily grouped by the differences in how they are worn. A Canal Aid is a device that is worn in right inside the ear canal making them invisible from view. So that they work efficiently and are comfortable to wear, Canal Aids can be customized to suit the individual. These can be extremely beneficial to people who suffer with slight or moderately severe hearing difficulties.
Another category of hearing aids is the 'In the Ear' devices that fit in the outer ear. In the ear devices are more visible than canal aids but often go unnoticed. In-the-ear devices are easy to insert and can benefit patients with a wide range of hearing loss. Many of these types of hearing aids will have an adjustable volume levels and can come with a telecoil to help the wearer hear telephone conversations more clearly. Some hearing aids known as behind the ear devices connect from a earmold at the back of the ear to a speaker in the outer ear. The earmold contains the microphone and amplifier and the sound is sent to the separate speaker. Behind-the-ear devices can benefit people with really severe hearing loss but are the most visible. These devices though can sometimes have problems associated with feedback such as a whistling sound.
Hearing aids can now be divided into analog and digital devices. Digital audio technology and analogue audio technology devices are now available.
The analog devices that are available amplify electrical signals from sound waves. It is possible to set these devices for each specific wearer. The patient can also make certain changes to make the device work better depending on whether they are inside or outside and the general noise levels at the time.
Digital devices, although more expensive are able to be programmed with more features and can achieve greater control over the sound quality. The sound quality of these devices is higher and their programmability means that they are beneficial in a wider range of environments. Digital hearing aids also tend to be more comfortable and convenient, because sound levels adjust automatically as the environment changes.
The devices that are now available have improved the lives of many people to a greater degree than they realized was possible. People thinking about getting a hearing aid should discuss the different hearing aids that are available with a professional audiologist. This will ensure that the hearing aid you choose will provide the most assistance to you and offer the greatest improvement to your quality of life overall.