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How Do Hearing Aids Work? How Effective are They?

a woman with hearing aids pointing to her ear with a hearing specialist in the background

Hearing aids are commonly used to treat hearing loss of different types and different levels of severity. There are different styles of conventional hearing aids, as well as alternative hearing devices, such as bone-conduction hearing aids. Similar to eyeglasses, hearing aids are unique to each person. They have their own settings and, unlike eyeglasses, can also be adjusted for different situations and environments. If hearing aids have been suggested to you for hearing loss or you think you might need them in the future, you might be wondering just how effective they are, as well as how they work.

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids have developed a lot over the years. Modern hearing aids are essentially very small computers that can host a range of technologies. However, even the most basic of hearing aids can deliver great performance and help people to hear better. A hearing aid has three main parts, the microphone, the processor and the receiver. The microphone picks up sound and sends it to the processor. The processor converts the sounds into electrical signals, and then the receiver sends the signals to your ear. Hearing aids can filter the most important sounds and amplifying them, cutting out sounds like unwanted background noise.

Hearing aids can be adjusted

Hearing aids do make things louder for you so you can hear better. However, they don't amplify everything by the same amount. You might need help hearing people talking, but it doesn't mean you need your hearing aids to amplify a loud alarm or siren. Hearing aids can be adjusted so that they provide a comfortable volume of sound. They can be set so that they have a threshold for comfortable sound, protecting the wearer.

Hearing aids are also adjusted so that they amplify the right frequencies. When someone gets new hearing aids, they will be fitted by an audiologist or another hearing health expert to ensure they amplify the right sounds. Hearing aids can have their settings changed so that they help to filter out background noise, which can be annoying for people with hearing loss. Hearing aid users can have control of their hearing aids, with many modern hearing aids pairing with a smartphone app, so that they can choose different programs and settings to suit their needs.

Many hearing aids have a range of other features and settings. Some hearing aids have a feature called an induction loop or T-loop. This can be used in places such as banks, meeting rooms, stores and more, and is also useful for phone calls. It is used to transfer sound directly from a phone or sound system to your ears. Modern hearing aids often have Bluetooth connectivity. This can be used to control the headphones using a mobile app, stream music, TV and more. Wireless hearing aids connect to each other and work together so that when you need two hearing aids, they don't work independently of each other.

How effective are hearing aids?

Now you know how hearing aids work, are they an effective solution for hearing loss? Hearing aids can't completely replace your hearing and provide you with completely natural sound. However, they are an excellent solution for people who have experienced hearing loss. Hearing aids provide a number of benefits, helping to improve your hearing and your life.

When you wear hearing aids, you will be able to hear the sounds you have been missing out on. It can take a little bit of time to adjust to wearing hearing aids and get the settings right. However, you will quickly be able to hear the sounds you have lost, from birds chirping to people talking. Wearing hearing aids can significantly improve your quality of life in all areas. They can help you to perform better at work and feel more comfortable at home. They can also make it easier for you to socialize in different contexts.

Hearing aids help to treat hearing loss, which can prevent other problems from developing. It can prevent further hearing loss, social isolation, depression, anxiety and help to reduce the risk of developing dementia. Without hearing aids, living with hearing loss can be a lot more difficult. The sooner you get hearing aids, the more beneficial they can be to improve your quality of life.

Learn more about hearing aids, hearing tests, and more from Bowles Hearing Care Services, PC. Contact one of our offices in Charlotte: 704-334-4428, Hickory: 828-322-7025, Mooresville: 704-660-9188, Huntersville: 704-274-5299.