A hearing aid is a device that can amplify sound for patients with trouble hearing. Hearing aids are used to help those who have damaged hair cells or damaged nerves in their ears.
What is it?
Hearing aids are devices used for improving hearing ability and communication. The three parts of a hearing aid are the microphone, amplifier, and speaker. Sound is registered by a microphone that transmits sound waves to the amplifier in the form of electrical signals. The amplifier strengthens the signals before sending them through the speaker to the ear of the individual wearing the hearing aid.
What should I do to prepare?
Measurements of the ear may need to be taken before the correct size hearing aid can be chosen and fitted. Hearing tests may also be necessary in order to determine the extent of hearing loss.
What happens during the process?
This process involves finding the correct type and fit of a hearing aid. First, the extent and type of hearing loss will be determined. An appointment will be made to choose specific hearing aids based on styles and technologies best suited for the individual. Once they have been ordered and received, they will be fitted and tested.
What are the risks and potential complications?
Issues associated with hearing aids may include a poor fitting, feedback, headaches, tinnitus, and problems with volume and quality.
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