If you have been living with hearing loss, now is the time to finally seek treatment. While hearing aids are the most common form of treatment, hearing amplifiers are also available. Continue reading to learn more about your options and which is best for you.
What Are Hearing Amplifiers?
Hearing amplifiers, also known as personal sound amplifying products (PSAPs), are devices that can help those with normal hearing or slight hearing loss hear better. They are relatively cheap and do not require a prescription, meaning you can easily buy them online without having to go in to meet with a medical professional.
It is important to note that even though hearing amplifiers and hearing aids look similar on the outside, they work differently. Hearing amplifiers do just that, amplify sounds. Because of the simple technology inside these devices, they amplify all sounds evenly, rather than focusing on making important sounds, like speech, easier to understand.
What Are Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a class 1 medical device, meaning they require an evaluation from an audiologist and a prescription. These complex devices do more than simply amplify sounds; they are able to identify specific sounds and make them easier to understand. A hearing aid can help improve your ability to communicate; when out to dinner at Crush hearing aids can decrease distracting background noises and make the conversation easier to follow.
Hearing aids are available in a wide variety of styles to fit your aesthetic preferences. Depending on the technology level you choose, your hearing aid may contain one or all of these additional features:
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Digital noise reduction
- Artificial intelligence
- Wind noise reduction
Which Device to Pick
Determining what treatment option to go with can be hard. But before you make any decisions, it is important to have your hearing tested. Once you know your type and degree of hearing loss, you will be able to make a more informed decision about your hearing health.
To learn more about hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, contact Ormson Hearing Clinic today.