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Get Back into the Conversation with a Hearing Aid
Hearing Aids have come a long way in sophistication and quality. Technology has enabled hearing aid manufacturers to significantly improve the appearance and sound of these mechanisms. Today, a hearing aid can be almost invisible, but still allow the wearer to hear clearly.
To understand hearing aids, it helps to know a little bit about hearing loss. There are many causes of hearing loss, but they all fall into two basic categories: sensorineural or conductive.
Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the nerve that sends sound information from the inner ear to the brain. This is actual nerve damage and is generally irreversible.
Conductive or acoustic hearing loss is a problem of transmitting the sound waves through the outer and middle ear, and moving those sound waves through the three tiny bones in the middle ear. It is often caused by recurrent ear infections, trauma to the ear such as a hole in the ear drum, fluid buildup, or diseases that cause damage to those little bones. It may be secondary to an injury or disease that may be reversed and so a doctor should be consulted for potential treatments.
A hearing aid is a battery operated, electronic device. Hearing aids amplify sound for the wearer to improve hearing. It is worn in or behind the ear, and actually works through a tiny microphone that picks up sound, increases the volume, and sends it to the ear through a speaker.
Using a hearing aid is like anything else, it takes time and patience. Initially, hearing aid users are often frustrated by the quality of sound and the interference they pick up with a super sensitive hearing aid. It is not uncommon to find people who simply prefer not to wear their hearing aids because they haven't allowed sufficient time to adjust to using them. One of the problems with this is that those people end up more isolated as they can not participate fully in conversations and social things that are going on around them.
A hearing aid can be your ticket back into society. It can help you connect better with your family and friends, and feel like part of things again. It is definitely worthwhile to take the time to get used to the sounds of your new hearing aid, and to make sure that you get the best choice for your hearing needs.