What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid is a device that makes sounds louder so that
a person who has hearing loss can communicate better.
If a person has been struggling with hearing loss for a long
time, he or she may have turned down invitations to do things
with others because of difficulty following conversations. The main goal of a hearing aid is to improve the quality of
a person’s life by enabling the person to feel connected
to others and to understand what is said in conversations
Each person’s hearing loss is different, and there
is not one hearing aid that works best for everyone. The audiologist
will adjust the hearing aid so it amplifies the pitches each
person needs to hear. Hearing aids come with a trial period
of about 30-45 days and they are available in different colors
and skin tones. During the trial period the audiologist will
make any adjustments that are necessary based on how the person
is hearing sounds.
All hearing aids are battery operated. Batteries usually
last about 100 hours and can easily be replaced by the hearing
aid user. It is important to open the battery chamber when
not wearing the aid, otherwise the battery will be drained.
How are hearing aids described?
Hearing aids are best discussed by breaking them into 2 main
1. Types (what they sound like or the technology inside)
2. Styles (what they look like)