Hearing aids have come a long way since their inception. Today’s sleek models are virtually invisible, making them a discreet way to remedy a hearing issue and a much more practical option than the cumbersome hearing aids of the past. The technological advances used in today’s models are much more effective than earlier models at combating the often frustrating issue of hearing loss.
Components of The Hearing Aid
No matter their style or design, virtually all hearing aids utilize four basic components to do their job. They are as follows:
- Microphone: The microphone element of a hearing aid gathers sound in then converts it into an electrical signal.
- Amplifier: The amplifier takes the signal and amplifies its intensity or volume. This amplified signal is then passed on to the receiver. The receiver converts the electrical signal back into sound. Amplification is the single most effective way to treat the vast majority of hearing loss cases.
- Speaker: The speaker component takes the recently converted signal and broadcasts it into the ear.
- Power supply: This is the component of the hearing aid that powers the above process. Batteries remain the way in which hearing aids are powered. Sizes of batteries include 10, 312, 13 and 675. Each size has a correlating color that makes it easy to ensure the right battery size is used with the correct hearing aid. The life of the battery will vary based on the amount of time a hearing aid is worn but in most cases, they last from three to 10 days.
New Tech Utilized in Hearing Aids
Digital technology has revolutionized the hearing aid industry. This has led to the following improvements:
- An improvement in speech understanding
- Less feedback
- An enhanced perception and comfort
- Allowed for customizable settings that better match a person’s individual hearing loss needs
- Given more precise directional capabilities
Why continue to suffer through life and miss its most precious moments when there is technology available to restore what time or an accident has taken? To learn more about how hearing aids can be used to improve your overall quality of life, contact U.S. Hearing Solutions today.