Audiology Associates of North Florida - Tallahassee, FL

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Who doesn’t enjoy getting a good bargain? But you should be careful and look out for little details when it comes to your health.

We know, it can be confusing, the names are pretty similar, but hearing aids and hearing amplifiers are not equivalent. And your overall hearing and health could suffer serious consequences if you make the wrong decision about this.

Hearing amplifiers

A hearing amplifier is a small device that, when placed in your ear, increases the volume of the sounds around you. Technically categorized as personal sound amplification products by the government, these gadgets tend to be very basic and one-dimensional. The volume of the world is basically cranked up.

Because of their one-size-fits-all approach, hearing amplifiers are not recommended for people who have moderate to significant hearing loss.

Hearing amplifier are not hearing aids

Once people learn that hearing amplifiers are not recommended for individuals with even modest hearing loss, the differences between the two devices begin to become rather plain. Of course, hearing aids are recommended for individuals with hearing loss.

Both kinds of devices can raise the volume of external sound. But one of these devices has a much higher degree of amplification technology and sophistication.

  • Hearing aids are made to identify and magnify certain wavelengths of sound. Because hearing loss frequently advances frequency by frequency. Either high-frequency sounds or low-frequency sounds typically fade first. Rather than making everything louder, hearing aids work to plug holes in what you’re hearing. This selective strategy is far more beneficial for people who suffer from hearing loss.
  • Hearing aids can be calibrated for your environment. There are numerous variables that will influence the exact acoustics of a space. Some hearing aids can fine tune to these changes automatically. Other models can be adjusted with a smartphone or a dedicated device. You will avoid fewer locations because you will be capable of hearing better in a wider variety of settings as your hearing aids make little adjustments.
  • Hearing aids are specially manufactured to help you understand speech. To some extent, that’s as a consequence of the uneven way hearing loss progresses, but it’s also because communication is such an important function of your hearing. So this function has been prioritized by hearing aid producers who have put significant resources into enhancing it. In order to make certain voices can be heard clearly even in a noisy room, advanced technology and algorithms are packed inside of modern hearing aids.

Simply put, these features are crucial elements of effectively treating hearing loss. Usually, personal amplifiers don’t have these abilities.

The right deal for your ears

Along with a decreased ability to hear, neglected hearing loss can also lead to cognitive decline. Because amplifiers don’t distinguish between frequencies, if you turn them up enough to hear what you’re missing, you’ll probably have it up too loud for other frequencies….and damage your hearing further. And that isn’t good for anybody.

Unless your hearing loss is being caused by earwax, hearing aids and some surgeries are the only approved treatment options for hearing loss at this time. Ignoring hearing loss and avoiding treatment doesn’t save you money long term. Neglected hearing loss has been shown to increase your general healthcare costs more than 40 percent. Fortunately, there are affordable solutions. Just ask us.

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