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We all enjoy a good bargain. But you need to be careful and look out for small details in regards to your health.

The terms “hearing aid” and “hearing amplifier” might seem similar but they are actually completely different devices. And making the wrong choice could have significant ramifications for your hearing and your general health.

Hearing amplifiers

A hearing amplifier is a small device that, when placed in your ear, raises the volume of the sounds around you. These tend to be quite simple, one-dimensional devices which the government categorizes as personal sound amplification devices. A hearing amplifier is like cranking the volume up on the world.

Because of their one-size-fits-all approach, hearing amplifiers are not recommended for people who have moderate to extensive hearing loss.

Hearing amplifier are not hearing aids

Once people learn that hearing amplifiers aren’t recommended for individuals with even modest hearing loss, the differences between the two devices start to become pretty plain. Hearing aids, obviously, are encouraged for those who suffer from hearing loss.

Both kinds of devices can raise the volume of outside sound. The biggest difference between the two devices is how sophisticated that amplification is.

  • Hearing aids are specifically designed to help you comprehend speech. Because communication is so central in our lives and also because of the uneven way hearing loss progresses, this is an important function. As a result, hearing aid makers have invested enormous resources into improving the clarity of speech above everything else. In order to make sure voices can be heard clearly even in a noisy room, advanced technology and algorithms are packed inside of modern hearing aids.
  • With hearing aids, only specific frequencies of sound are amplified. Because hearing loss often progresses frequency by frequency. Wavelengths at the higher and lower end of the spectrum are generally the first to go. Hearing aids work to fill in the holes in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. This selective strategy is a lot more effective for people who suffer from hearing loss.
  • Hearing aids can be tuned to your environment. The acoustics of any given space will change depending on a long list of variables. These adjustments can even happen automatically with some modern hearing aids. A dedicated device or smartphone can calibrate hearing aids that don’t do it automatically. You will avoid fewer places because you will be capable of hearing better in a wider variety of settings as your hearing aids make little adjustments.

Bottom line, these features are vital components of correctly managing hearing loss. And these are attributes that are not present in most personal hearing amplifiers.

Finding the best option at an affordable price

Along with a diminished ability to hear, untreated hearing loss can also result in mental decline. With amplifiers, you’re very likely to do more harm to your hearing because the device doesn’t distinguish frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe volumes. And that’s not good for anyone.

Right now, the only approved treatments for hearing loss, if it isn’t caused by earwax, are certain surgeries and hearing aids. Ignoring hearing loss and bypassing treatment doesn’t save you money in the long run. Overall healthcare costs have been shown to increase by more than 40% with neglected hearing loss. The good news is, there are budget friendly solutions. We can help.

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References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20373077

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