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Aren’t All Hearing Aids the Same?

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1:53 am

On the most basic level, the answer could be “yes,” because hearing aids all require the same parts: a microphone, an amplifier, a speaker, and a battery source. And, from a functional standpoint, all hearing aids should amplify sounds, just like all cars should get you from Point A to Point B. However, if we take a closer look at the hearing aid technology that is available today, the answer isn’t quite so simple.
First, there are many different technologies and features that are available within today’s hearing instruments. There are channels, bands, wireless, wired, remotes, noise reduction, rechargeability, tinnitus masking, and more. Because these options are intricate and confusing to many people, it is strongly recommended that one seeks out an Audiologist to guide them through the process.
Second, there are several styles of hearing instruments available. They range from behind-the-ear hearing instruments to the very smallest invisible-in-the-canal hearing instruments. Again, an Audiologist will make a recommendation of which style of hearing instrument is the best option for an individual’s type and severity of hearing loss.
Finally, there are several manufacturers of hearing instruments. Each of these manufacturers make reliable, quality products, but each manufacturer also specializes in certain things. At Precision Hearing (located at 4331 S. Hwy 27, Clermont, in the Kings Ridge Publix Plaza), our Board Certified Audiologist works with all manufacturers to be sure you have access to all of the options on the market. Call (352) 765-8018 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kristen Weinbaum who can guide you to the best solution based on your hearing loss and your lifestyle.