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We all love a good bargain. But you need to be careful and watch out for small details in regards to your health.

We know, it can be confusing, the names are rather similar, but hearing aids and hearing amplifiers are not equivalent. And making the wrong selection could have important ramifications for your hearing and your overall health.

What is a hearing amplifier?

A small device that goes in your ear, a hearing amplifier raises the volume of outside sound. Technically categorized as personal sound amplification products by the government, these gadgets tend to be quite simple and one-dimensional. A hearing amplifier is like turning the volume of the world up.

These devices are typically not suggested for people with moderate to significant hearing loss because of their one-size-fits-all approach.

Hearing amplifier are not hearing aids

It begins to become fairly apparent that hearing aids are not the same as hearing amplification devices when you recognize that amplifiers are not recommended for people with even moderate hearing loss. Hearing aids, obviously, are encouraged for those who suffer from hearing loss.

Both hearing aids and hearing amplifiers make things louder. The main difference between the two devices is how cutting edge that amplification is.

  • With hearing aids, only select frequencies of sound are amplified. Because hearing loss often advances frequency by frequency. Either high-frequency sounds or low-frequency sounds generally disappear first. Hearing aids work to fill in the gaps in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. For people who have hearing loss, this selective approach is more effective.
  • Whatever environment you find yourself, your hearing aids can tune in to it. There are quite a few factors that will influence the specific acoustics of a space. These adjustments can even happen automatically with some modern hearing aids. Others can be tuned using a smartphone or a dedicated device. You will avoid fewer places because you will be able to hear better in a wider variety of settings as your hearing aids make little adjustments.
  • Hearing aids are specifically designed to help you hear speech. In part, that’s due to the irregular way hearing loss progresses, but it’s also because communication is such an essential function of your hearing. So this function has been prioritized by hearing aid producers who have put significant resources into improving it. In order to make certain voices come through clearly even in a crowded room, state-of-the-art technology and algorithms are packed inside of modern hearing aids.

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

Finding the best option at an affordable price

Untreated hearing loss can cause cognitive decline, not to mention increasingly diminished ability to hear. With amplifiers, you’re very likely to do more damage to your hearing because the device doesn’t distinguish frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe levels. And who wants to do that?

Currently, the only approved treatments for hearing loss, if it’s not a result of earwax, are certain surgeries and hearing aids. Neglecting hearing loss and bypassing treatment doesn’t save you money ultimately. Overall healthcare costs have been found to increase by more than 40% with untreated hearing loss. The good news is, there are affordable solutions. We can help.

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References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20373077

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.