Who doesn’t enjoy finding a good bargain? But when it has to do with your health, be careful what you purchase and keep your eye on the small details.
We know, it’s confusing, the names are rather similar, but hearing aids and hearing amplifiers are not equivalent. And your overall hearing and health could suffer serious repercussions if you make the wrong choice about this.
What is a hearing amplifier?
A hearing amplifier is a little device that, when placed in your ear, raises the volume of the sounds around you. Technically categorized as personal sound amplification products by the government, these gadgets tend to be fairly simple and one-dimensional. The volume of the world is basically cranked up.
Because of their one-size-fits-all strategy, hearing amplifiers aren’t recommended for individuals who have moderate to significant hearing loss.
Clear difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers
It starts to become fairly apparent that hearing aids aren’t the same as hearing amplification devices when you recognize that amplifiers are not recommended for people with even moderate hearing loss. Of course, hearing aids are appropriate for people with hearing loss.
Both hearing aids and hearing amplifiers have the ability to increase volumes. But one of these devices has a much higher level of amplification technology and sophistication.
- With hearing aids, only particular wavelengths of sound are boosted. That’s because people often lose their hearing one wavelength at a time. Either high-frequency sounds or low-frequency sounds typically disappear first. Hearing aids work to fill in the gaps in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. For individuals who have hearing loss, this selective approach is more effective.
- Hearing aids can be tuned to your environment. The acoustics of any given place will change depending on a list of factors. Some hearing aids can fine tune to these changes automatically. A dedicated device or smartphone can tune hearing aids that don’t do it automatically. 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 specifically manufactured to help you comprehend speech. To some extent, that’s due to the irregular way hearing loss develops, 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. There are sophisticated algorithms and processes working within hearing aids to make sure that, even in a crowded and noisy room, voices come through clearly.
To put it bluntly, properly treating hearing loss depends on these capabilities. And these are features that are not present in most personal hearing amplifiers.
Finding the best option at an affordable price
Untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline, not to mention increasingly diminished ability to hear. Because amplifiers don’t differentiate between frequencies, if you raise the volume enough to hear what you’re missing, you’ll likely have it up too loud for other wavelengths….and do additional damage. And who wants to do that?
Currently, the only recommended treatments for hearing loss, if it’s not a result of earwax, are some surgeries and hearing aids. Dismissing hearing loss and bypassing treatment doesn’t save you money ultimately. Neglected hearing loss has been shown to increase your general healthcare costs more than 40 percent. The good news is, there are budget friendly options. We can help.