A hearing aid is a appliance that can amplify sound waves in order to help a deaf or hard-of-hearing person hear sounds more plainly.
If you have a hearing problem, then your doctor is most likely going to tell you that you have to get hearing aids. Hearing aids are able to help almost any type of hearing problem, so well that you will almost not be able to notice your hearing problem at all. However, the type of hearing aids that you should get will depend on the specific type of hearing problem that you have.
Hearing loss occurs to most people as they age. Hearing loss can be due to aging, exposure to loud sounds.
Hearing loss is the most common type of hearing problem, and there are a few different types of hearing loss that you can experience, the most major being: conductive, sensory, mixed and neural. Conductive hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the part of the outer or middle ear, and most people who suffer from this type of hearing loss tend to have only a mild hearing loss and it is usually only temporary.
Sensory hearing loss happens when the cochlea is not working properly, and this is typically because the tiny hair cells in the ear are damaged or even destroyed. However, depending on the amount of loss in this case, a person may be able to hear most sounds, and may be able to hear in quiet but not in noise, or only certain sounds.
Then there is the neural type of hearing loss, which happens when there is a problem with the connection from the cochlea to the brain, and neural means that the nerve that actually carries the messages from the cochlea to the brain is damaged.
Once your specific hearing problem is assessed, then you will be able to go on and choose the proper hearing aids. Although there are many different types of hearing aids that are available, for the most part they all have the same basic qualities to them. This includes a microphone, which picks up the sound outside of the ear.
Then there is the amplifier, which increases the volume of the sound so that you can hear it properly, the speaker, which works by sending the sound into your ear so that you can hear it, and the battery which is what provides power to the electronic parts of the hearing aid device.
More than 1,000 different types or models of hearing aids are available in the United States. Most of them include a microphone (to pick up sound), amplifier (to boost sound strength), a receiver or speaker (to deliver sound to the ear), and are powered by a battery. Hearing aids are either "monaural" (a hearing aid for one ear), or "binaural" (for two ears); more than 65% of all users have binaural aids. Depending on the style, it's possible to add features to filter or block out background noise, minimize feedback, lower sound in noisy settings, or boost power when needed.
There are many styles of hearing aids. These are the most common styles:
behind-the-ear, digital, in-the-ear, on-the-body, in-the-canal.
Hearing aid prices vary, depending on many factors. Factors that influence price include - one versus two hearing aids, aural rehabilitation programs, warranty, services included, accessories, circuit sophistication, telephone coils, directional microphones, insurance coverage and other factors too!
Generally speaking, a pair of hearing aids can cost from $1000 to $6000 or more depending on all of these services and options.
Please consult your hearing healthcare professional (audiologist or hearing instrument dispenser) to discuss these options in order to have your hearing problem properly diagnosed and assessed, so that you will be able to find the right hearing aid device for you and your particular case..
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