- Written by Elizabeth LaPan
When seeking advice about your health, it is best to seek out someone with the most knowledge, education and experience to help you make the best decisions. When it comes to hearing loss, it should be no different. It’s a wiser choice to go see an Audiologist rather than big box stores, such as Sam’s and Costco. There are many differences between the two.
Here are some of them:
Today's world is noisy. We all know that most restaurants are noisy, bowling alleys are noisy, but hearing aid users cannot escape from noise in their own homes. Hearing in noise is easier when an individual is fit with 2 hearing aids instead of 1. Two aids help with better sound quality and helps with listening in noise. Directional microphones are the most effective noise reduction strategy in hearing aids.
The main goals when fitting hearing instruments are to improve the ability to hear comfortable, soft or distant sounds and to improve speech understanding. Even with the best hearing aids, some individuals will still encounter hearing difficulties due to a damaged auditory system, reduced cognitive ability and/or difficult hearing environment.
Assistive listening devices will sometimes help. With the wireless hearing aid technology today, assistive devices can improve understanding for TV, phones or remote microphones.
Every hearing instrument has one or more microphones which pick up sound from the environment. This acoustic signal is transformed to an electrical signal. It's then amplified and adapted according to the individual's hearing loss. The receiver (or "loudspeaker") reconverts the electrical signal into an acoustic signal which is directed down the ear canal.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a ringing, humming, buzzing sound in the ear without external stimuli. There’s no cure for tinnitus, but there are tinnitus treatment options and technology that help ease symptoms.
Tinnitus is often a symptom of conditions like:
- High blood pressure
- Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)
- Age-related hearing loss
- Earwax build-up
- Meniere’s disease
- TMJ disorders
If you have hearing loss in both ears, and if both ears can benefit from hearing aids, then it's more likely that you will hear much better with two hearing aids.
It's important to realize that there are no "normal" animals born with only one ear. Animals - and humans - have two ears because we need two ears. If you try to amplify sound in only one ear, you should not expect to hear very well. Even the best hearing aids will sound "flat" or "dull" if worn in only one ear.
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