Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, Marshall, and San Antonio, TX

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

We know, it can be confusing, the names are rather similar, but hearing aids and hearing amplifiers are not equivalent. And making the wrong choice could have significant implications for your hearing and your overall health.

Hearing amplifiers

A little device that goes in your ear, a hearing amplifier raises the volume of external sound. Technically categorized as personal sound amplification products by the government, these gadgets tend to be fairly simple and one-dimensional. A hearing amplifier is like cranking the volume of the world up.

Because of their one-size-fits-all strategy, hearing amplifiers aren’t recommended for people who have moderate to extensive hearing loss.

Distinct difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers

Once people learn that hearing amplifiers aren’t suggested for individuals with even moderate hearing loss, the differences between the two devices begin to become pretty plain. Of course, hearing aids are recommended for people with hearing loss.

Both hearing aids and hearing amplifiers have the ability to increase volumes. But one of these devices has a much higher level of amplification technology and sophistication.

  • Picking out and amplifying speech is one of the main functions of a hearing aid. Because communication is so central in our lives and also because of the uneven way hearing loss develops, this is an important function. Because of this, hearing aid manufacturers have invested monumental resources into maximizing the clarity of speech above all else. There are state-of-the-art algorithms and processes working inside of hearing aids to make sure that, even in a crowded and noisy space, voices come through loud and clear.
  • Hearing aids can be tuned to your environment. There are a number of variables that will influence the exact acoustics of a space. These adjustments can even be made automatically with some modern hearing aids. A dedicated device or smartphone can tune hearing aids that don’t do it automatically. By making small adjustments to the settings of your hearing aid, you’re capable of hearing better in a wider variety of settings, meaning there will be fewer locations you want to avoid.
  • Hearing aids are designed to select and boost specific frequencies of sound. That’s because people often lose their hearing one wavelength at a time. Wavelengths at the higher and lower end of the scale are usually the first to go. Instead of making everything louder, hearing aids work to plug holes in what you’re hearing. For people who have hearing loss, this selective approach is more effective.

To put it bluntly, properly managing hearing loss depends on these capabilities. Usually, personal amplifiers don’t have these features.

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 likely to do more damage to your hearing because the device doesn’t distinguish frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe volumes. And that isn’t good for anybody.

Unless your hearing loss is being caused by earwax, hearing aids and some surgeries are the only authorized treatment options for hearing loss at this time. Neglecting hearing loss and bypassing treatment doesn’t save you money ultimately. Untreated hearing loss has been shown to increase your general healthcare costs over 40%. The good news is, there are budget friendly options. Just ask us.

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