Hearing aid & hearing devices are complex instruments designed to improve your communication skills despite a loss of hearing. There are as many different types of hearing solutions as there are forms of hearing loss, but despite the difference, all hearing aids are designed for the same purpose: to amplify sounds, allowing you to communicate effectively with others in a variety of settings. Designs vary and features may be unique, but in the end hearing devices exist so you can enjoy a fairly normal life despite your impairment.
All hearing aids share the same basic principle, and are built around a proven design. A microphone picks up sounds, which are analyzed by a processing chip. The processed sounds are sent to an amplifier, which in turn delivers them to a speaker. The speaker then transmits the sounds directly to the inner ear, where they are converted to electrical impulses that are picked up by the brain and processed into recognizable speech or sound.
Surgery & Implants
For those who can’t benefit from conventional hearing aids, devices that are surgically inserted into the ear to improve hearing, facilitate lip-reading, and make it easier to distinguish sounds are an option. These are especially helpful to deaf or profoundly hearing impaired individuals. These surgical implants include:
- Cochlear Implants
- Middle Ear Implants
- Bone-Anchored Hearing Systems
- Auditory Brainstem Implants
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive Listening Devices can be used in conjunction with, or in place of, hearing aids to help people with all degrees of hearing loss. ALDs can help improve face-to-face communication, reception of electronic media, telephone reception, and aid with warning sounds and situations.