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Who doesn’t love finding a good bargain? But you need to be careful and be aware of 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 your general hearing and health could suffer serious consequences if you make the wrong decision about this.

Hearing amplifiers

A hearing amplifier is a little device that, when placed in your ear, raises the volume of the sounds around you. These are usually very simple, one-dimensional devices which the government categorizes as personal sound amplification devices. A hearing amplifier is like turning the volume up on the world.

Because of their one-size-fits-all approach, hearing amplifiers aren’t appropriate for people who have moderate to extensive hearing loss.

Hearing amplifier aren’t hearing aids

It begins to become fairly obvious that hearing aids aren’t the same as hearing amplification devices when you consider that amplifiers are not recommended for people with even moderate hearing loss. Obviously, hearing aids are appropriate for individuals with hearing loss.

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

  • Whatever environment you find yourself, your hearing aids can tune in to it. There are a number of factors that will determine the exact acoustics of a space. Some hearing aids can adjust to these changes automatically. A dedicated device or smartphone can calibrate hearing aids that don’t do it automatically. By making minute adjustments to the settings of your hearing aid, you’re capable of hearing better in a wider variety of settings, meaning there will be fewer places you want to avoid.
  • Hearing aids are made to select and magnify specific frequencies of sound. That’s because people normally lose their hearing one wavelength at a time. Either high-frequency sounds or low-frequency sounds generally fade first. Hearing aids work to fill in the gaps in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. This selective strategy is much more beneficial for individuals with hearing loss.
  • Hearing aids are specially designed to help you hear speech. Because communication is so central in our lives and also because of the irregular way hearing loss progresses, this is an important function. Because of this, hearing aid makers have invested monumental resources into maximizing the clarity of speech above all else. There are state-of-the-art algorithms and processes working inside of hearing aids to make sure that, even in a crowded and noisy room, voices come through clearly.

To put it bluntly, correctly managing hearing loss depends on these capabilities. And these are qualities that are not present in most personal hearing amplifiers.

The right deal for your ears

Neglected hearing loss can contribute to cognitive decline, along with 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 probably have it up too loud for other wavelengths….and damage your hearing further. And who wants to do that?

Currently, the only recommended treatments for hearing loss, if it’s not caused by earwax, are some surgeries and hearing aids. Neglecting hearing loss and avoiding treatment doesn’t save you money in the long run. Untreated hearing loss has been demonstrated to increase your general healthcare costs more than 40 percent. Fortunately, there are affordable solutions. Just ask us.

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