Our ears are tools that we use all day every day. If you are experiencing poor hearing quality, the overall quality of your life can quickly diminish. Whether you are straining to listen to your boss during an important meeting or feeling like an outsider because you cannot keep up in a conversation with your friends, the ability to hear is one that needs to be maintained and appreciated.
Luckily, if you are experiencing any of the problems listed above, there is a relatively easy solution. With hearing aids, you can quickly reclaim those lost or muffled moments in your life.
The science behind hearing aids is not terribly complex. The three components are a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The microphone captures the noise just as your ears would. It then filters the sound through the amplifier, effectively growing and increasing the sounds. When the amplifier has finished its job, it sends it back out through the speaker to your eardrum. This results in hearing everything as it should be at the proper volume, despite any hearing deficiencies you may experience.
What is especially nice is that hearing aids are no longer bulky external devices that they once were. During their inception in the early 1900’s, they were comically large phone-like devices that would need to be held outside of the ear. As the years passed and technology advanced, they have advanced into miniature bean-sized form. They are now delivering clearer audio than they ever have, while remaining discrete and hardly noticeable.
Currently, there are many different types of hearing aids. The most types are inside the canal and outside the canal. With hearing aids that go inside of the canal, the device is miniature enough to be fully inserted into the ear canal, about 4 mm away from the eardrum. Most can remain inside of the ear for up to 120 days without needing to be replaced. These are customizable to the individual wearer and fit to their ear canal. The benefit of this type is that minimal maintenance is required once a comfortable fit is made. They are not recommended for individuals with severe hearing loss due to their small amplification capabilities.
Outside of the canal devices offer different benefits. Since they are located outside of the canal, they are able to be larger and therefor stronger. These are the recommended type for anyone with extreme hearing loss. While they are somewhat visible, a proper mold can hug the inner ear enough to make them barely noticeable. These devices can easily be removed at any time by the user and usually have volume control directly built into them.
Modern advances allow for capabilities like Bluetooth technology. This allows for the direct pairing of devices to minimize interference and boost clarity. Television, landline telephones, cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and other wireless devices are all accessible. With so many capable devices on the market, there has never been a better time to make this kind of investment in your hearing!