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Who doesn’t enjoy finding a good bargain? But you should be careful and be aware of small details when it comes to your health.

The names “hearing aid” and “hearing amplifier” may seem similar but they are actually entirely different devices. And your general hearing and health could suffer serious repercussions if you make the wrong choice about this.

Hearing amplifiers

A hearing amplifier is a small device that, when put in your ear, increases the volume of the sounds around you. Technically classified as personal sound amplification products by the government, these gadgets tend to be fairly basic and one-dimensional. The volume of the world is essentially turned up.

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

Clear difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers

It begins to become fairly apparent that hearing aids are not 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 people with hearing loss.

Both hearing aids and hearing amplifiers have the ability to increase volumes. The main difference between the two devices is how cutting edge that amplification is.

  • Whatever environment you find yourself, your hearing aids can tune in to it. There are a number of factors that will impact the specific 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. By making small adjustments to the settings of your hearing aid, you’re able to hear better in a wider variety of settings, meaning there will be fewer places you wish to avoid.
  • Picking out and amplifying speech is one of the primary functions of a hearing aid. In part, that’s the result of the uneven way hearing loss progresses, but it’s also because communication is such an important function of your hearing. Because of this, hearing aid makers have invested significant resources into improving the clarity of speech above everything else. In order to make sure voices come through clearly even in a crowded room, sophisticated technology and algorithms are packed inside of modern hearing aids.
  • With hearing aids, only select wavelengths of sound are amplified. Because hearing loss frequently progresses frequency by frequency. Either high-frequency sounds or low-frequency sounds commonly vanish first. Hearing aids work to fill in the holes in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. This selective strategy is much more beneficial for individuals with hearing loss.

Bottom line, these capabilities are vital elements of properly managing hearing loss. And these are features that are not present in most personal hearing amplifiers.

The best deal for your ears

Untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline, not to mention increasingly diminished hearing abilities. With amplifiers, you’re very likely to do more harm to your hearing as the device doesn’t distinguish frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe volumes. And who needs to do that?

Currently, the only approved treatments for hearing loss, if it isn’t caused by earwax, are some surgeries and hearing aids. You won’t save any money long term by failing to get treatment for your hearing loss. Neglected hearing loss has been demonstrated to increase your overall healthcare costs over 40%. The good news is, there are budget friendly options. We can help.

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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.
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