Hearing aids are electronic devices, typically attached to the ear, that improve the ability to hear. Hearing aids are recommended to patients who have hearing loss that cannot otherwise be treated medically.
What is it?
Hearing aids are devices that are used for improving hearing and communication. There are three main components of a typical hearing aid: the microphone, the amplifier, and the speaker. The microphone registers sound and transmits sound waves to the amplifier, where the sound waves are amplified before being registered by the speaker. This device allows those with difficulty hearing to perceive an amplified sound, resulting in an improved ability to hear.
What should I do to prepare?
Individuals receiving a hearing aid recommendation will need to undergo various hearing tests to evaluate the degree at which the ear is functioning properly and how much an individual can hear. A hearing aid fitting will also need to be scheduled in which an individual selects the correct device, and the device is corrected to the proper amplification level.
What happens during the process?
It may be necessary for an individual to receive hearing aids when other forms of medical intervention cannot fix hearing loss. Hearing aids are selected to best suit an individual’s specific needs and then further adjusted by an audiologist to ensure that the levels of amplification are correct.
What are the risks and potential complications?
There are no significant risks or complications associated with a hearing aid recommendation.
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