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Sound Advice When Choosing a Hearing Aid

Monday, March 6, 2017 3:05:33 PM Australia/Melbourne

Sound Advice When Choosing a Hearing AidNo, your eyes did not deceive you, that truly was a hearing pun, embedded right in the blog title. A little comedy here and there is just indicative of the passion that Hearlink has for our customer’s comfort, as well as a passion for knowledge of our industry. Part of that knowledge pertains specifically to hearing aids—what they are, what they do, which is the right one for you, and how will you know this?

 

We’ve written about this on the blog time and time again, but it never hurts to reiterate—hearing loss is a growing epidemic, with millions more people impacted year over year. It’s a serious concern, especially because it is by and large, preventable. It’s also concerning because hearing loss is linked to more and more additional health problems. These run the gamut, ranging from memory loss and concentration loss to depression and possible dementia.

 

Today’s post focuses on what to keep in mind when choosing a hearing aid, specifically- the different types of hearing loss.

 

The first type of two types hearing loss that we’ll cover today is sensorineural hearing loss. How does this occur? Sensorineural hearing loss happens when there is damage to the very small hair cells along the inner ear. These tiny cells are responsible for converting sound waves to electronic waves. Then the electronic waves travel to the brain. Once they reach the brain, the brain recognizes them as different important sounds!

 

These hair cells within your inner ear cannot be brought back, once they’re dead. That being said, a hearing aid has a unique ability to stimulate those that remain behind and positively impact your ability to hear. They do this through a microphone, which is able to pick up sound as well as an amplifier and a receiver.

 

We also have conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is a lot less common than sensorineural hearing loss. This is a lot more situational, meaning it stems from a specific life event. Conductive hearing loss means that a blockage occurs in the ear, and does not allow sound waves to pass through the ear canal. It has a bit of a domino effect. Earwax builds up, fluid builds up, sound waves can’t properly make it through and hearing capabilities are drastically reduced. Conductive hearing loss often requires not just a hearing aid, but also corrective surgery in order to remedy the original level of hearing capabilities.

 

Some of those with hearing loss will experience both of the above, and some of those with hearing loss with experience neither. It just goes to show that hearing loss is a dynamic experience which impacts everyone in different ways.

 

This hasn’t been the first Hearlink blog post about hearing aids, and it definitely won’t be the last. But the Hearlink team is dedicated to bringing you the information that you want and the information that you need. So if you have specific questions around hearing aids, or information that you’d like to see on the blog, please let us know!

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