A hearing aid is a small electronic device that is placed inside or behind the ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can hear, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. These headphones come in plastic cases that fit in the outer ear. ITE hearing aids, which are generally used for mild to severe hearing loss, can be adapted to other technical hearing devices, such as the telephone coil, a mechanism used to improve sound during phone calls.
However, its small size can make it difficult to adjust. In addition, ITE hearing aids can be damaged by earwax and drainage. Assistive listening devices (ALD) or assistive listening systems include a wide variety of devices designed to help you hear sounds during daily activities. AIDS is available in some public places, such as auditoriums, movie theaters, places of worship and meeting rooms.
Both people with normal hearing and people with hearing problems can be used to improve hearing in these environments. Hearing aids help people who have hearing loss due to damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear. Damage can occur as a result of illness, aging, or injury due to noise or certain medications. Some people are born without an outer ear or ear canal, meaning they can't use a typical hearing aid.
The type of hearing aid recommended for the person depends on the person's activities at home and work, their physical limitations and health status, and their personal preferences. Talk to an audiologist to determine what type of hearing aid will work best for you, as well as what special features you need. These allow low-frequency sounds to enter the ear naturally and high-frequency sounds to be amplified through the hearing aid. Hearing loss can have a big impact on your life, from your work to your relationships to your emotional well-being.
This type of hearing aid is not ideal for children or adults who may have problems with very small devices. Some examples of situations in which these products would be used are hunting (listening to a prey), watching birds, listening to a conference with a distant speaker, and listening to soft sounds that would be difficult for people with normal hearing to hear (e.g. remote conversations, performances). BAHAs are for people with middle ear problems (usually mixed hearing loss) or who don't have hearing in one ear.
Hearing loss due to problems with the ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear is called conductive hearing loss. They're best for people with mild to severe hearing loss, but they don't work as well for children whose ears are still growing. Hearing aids, customized to fit the size and shape of the individual's ear canal, are generally used for mild to moderate hearing loss. Because hearing aids don't restore normal hearing, it can take time to get used to the different sounds the device transmits.
Middle ear implantable hearing aids (IMEHD) help increase sound transmission to the inner ear. The amount of wax accumulated in the ear (excessive amounts of wax or moisture may prevent the use of in-ear headphones).