The extent to which the lost hearing function can be restored through amplification is based on the severity and duration of your hearing loss. The degree and extent of hearing loss is determined using calibrated equipment called an audiometer.
Crowded social gatherings and restaurants are examples of noisy conditions where even a person with “normal hearing” has trouble hearing conversation. As a person’s hearing deteriorates, so also does the ability of a hearing aid to correct for hearing loss in these types of situations. Our goal is to select an appropriate circuit for your hearing aid that will deliver a natural loudness throughout your entire listening range without getting too loud or too quiet.
In quiet, many hearing aid users can achieve a performance level equal to normal hearing. But as the difficulty of the listening task increases, the gap between a person with normal hearing and a person with hearing loss widens. The more sever the hearing loss, the wider the gap.
Depending on the degree and severity of your loss, hearing aids may allow you to hear speech more clearly in some noisy situations.
With properly programmed hearing aids, you should be able to hear many normal sounds that you may not otherwise be able to hear clearly, such as the voice of your client or the words of a loved one. You may also begin to hear sounds you have forgotten were part of your world, such as the hum of the motor on your refrigerator or the buzz of your fluorescent lights.
Hearing aids will not “filter out” background noise, despite some advertising claims. Some hearing aids have circuitry and directional microphones that will avoid boosting the volume of some types of background noise, but this may also remove some of the speech you want to hear. This is usually a benefit, however, providing a more comfortable listening experience and better sound quality in some types of noisy situations.
Hearing aids should keep others from noticing your hearing loss.
Hearing aids can make a huge difference in your life.
Take a moment to go through this checklist of signs that you may need hearing aids.
- Your hearing frustrates you when you converse with family or friends.
- Your spouse tells you he or she often has to repeat what he or she has said.
- Your hearing problem has ever caused you embarrassment.
- You have difficulty hearing the television or radio at a normal volume level.
- You feel that hearing difficulties hinder your social life.
- You attend religious services or group activities less often because of your hearing problem.
- It is difficult for you to hear or understand when someone speaks to you in a whisper.
- Your hearing creates difficulties when you visit a restaurant with friends or family.
- You have ringing in your ears (tinnitus) that will not subside.