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We all enjoy a good bargain. But when it comes to your health, be careful what you purchase and pay attention to the small details.

We know, it’s confusing, the names are pretty similar, but hearing aids and hearing amplifiers are not identical. And making the wrong choice could have significant ramifications for your hearing and your overall health.

Hearing amplifiers

A hearing amplifier is a small device that, when placed in your ear, raises the volume of the sounds around you. These tend to be quite simple, one-dimensional devices which the government categorizes as personal sound amplification devices. A hearing amplifier is like cranking the volume of the world up.

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

Distinct difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers

Once people learn that hearing amplifiers aren’t suggested for individuals with even moderate hearing loss, the differences between the two devices start to become pretty stark. Hearing aids, obviously, are encouraged for people with hearing loss.

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

  • Hearing aids can be tuned to your environment. There are a number of variables that will influence the exact acoustics of a space. These adjustments can even be made automatically with some modern hearing aids. A dedicated device or smartphone can calibrate 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 places as your hearing aids make little adjustments.
  • Hearing aids are specially manufactured to help you hear speech. To some extent, that’s due to the uneven way hearing loss develops, but it’s also because communication is such an important function of your hearing. As a result, hearing aid manufacturers have invested significant resources into improving the clarity of speech above all else. In order to make certain voices come through clearly even in a crowded room, advanced technology and algorithms are bundled inside of modern hearing aids.
  • Hearing aids are designed to identify and magnify certain wavelengths of sound. That’s because people often lose their hearing one frequency at a time. Either high-frequency sounds or low-frequency sounds generally vanish first. Instead of making everything louder, hearing aids work to plug holes in what you’re hearing. For individuals who have hearing loss, this selective approach is more effective.

Simply put, these features are crucial components of effectively managing hearing loss. And these are qualities that are not present in most personal hearing amplifiers.

Finding the best solution at an affordable price

Along with a decreased ability to hear, untreated hearing loss can also result in mental decline. With amplifiers, you’re very likely to do more harm to your hearing as the device doesn’t differentiate frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe levels. And that isn’t good for anybody.

Unless your hearing loss is being caused by earwax, hearing aids and certain surgeries are the only approved treatments for hearing loss right now. Dismissing hearing loss and bypassing treatment doesn’t save you money in the long run. General healthcare costs have been shown to increase by over 40% with untreated hearing loss. Luckily, 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.