Hearing Aids – Some Valuable Information for Anyone in Need

The number of people displaying evidence of hearing loss is increasing and, thus, so is the need for hearing aids. The result of this trend is a parallel rise in the demand for more detailed information pertaining to the nature of the various types of device available to sufferers today as well as their relative suitability under varying circumstances.

Embarrassment that once invariably accompanied the wearing of these devices was often the main stumbling block that prevented those with auditory impairment from seeking professional help. However, where once the hard-of-hearing could be identified almost at a glance by the large and clearly visible apparatus that they found necessary in order to improve communication, such devices are now as outmoded as the ear trumpet of an even more distant age. Today the vast majority of the products that are designed to enhance audibility are far more unobtrusive and not easily seen while some of the most compact forms of these may even defy detection under the closest scrutiny.

Just as has been the case with the personal computer and the mobile telephone, advances in technology have made it possible to vastly reduce the size of the numerous components that are now used to power these miniature amplifiers. This combined with the introduction of new materials has made it correspondingly simpler to conceal these valuable devices and to boost not only the communication abilities of the wearer but his or her level of self-confidence also.

One organization specialising in the diagnosis of these defects and their treatment makes use of trained audiologists that are able to explain the relative merits of the various hearing aids and to provide all of that vitally important information that is invariably needed in order to make an informed selection. Furthermore, it does so in total confidence. The Ear Institute provides a total of 19 specialist facilities across South Africa at which patients with poor auditory function and other disorders that may affect the ear are able to receive the attention of a healthcare professional trained in meeting all of the needs that may arise from this type of condition.

One piece of valuable advice that is commonly offered at these clinics is that once issued with some form of amplification device it is important for the patient to wear it continuously, at least, during his or her waking hours, something that many wearers often ignore. Sometimes the device may be turned off to save battery life or simply to blot out ambient noise but, in reality this practice could lead to further deterioration if continued as the ear needs consistent stimulation if it is to maintain even its currently diminished level of performance.

Human beings are designed to be binaural in that two functioning ears are required both for maximum audibility and to locate the source of sounds. As a consequence, where the function of both ears may be impaired, fitting a device to just one of them may well result in some improvement in the detection of sounds but not to the overall auditory experience and thus a pair of matched devices will normally be necessary for the most effective solution.

The Ear Institute offers a range of quality hearing aids and all the information you need.


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