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The Difference Between Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers

The Difference Between Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers

Hearing loss is a problem that affects more than 14% of Americans. This impairment only worsens when masks cover faces, preventing lip reading and making the words sound even quieter than before. Those that face hearing loss are wise to look for a solution, as it has been linked to dementia and other disabilities.

Before looking for a product to assist with your hearing, consult your doctor or schedule a hearing test with Ecoutez. When looking for a solution, it’s important to understand the differences between various products like hearing aids and personal sound amplifiers. While personal sound amplifiers sound like a logical product to consider for those experiencing hearing loss, they differ from hearing aids, which are designed to treat hearing loss. 

What’s the difference?

To put it simply, hearing aids are specifically designed to assist those with impaired hearing. Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAs), on the other hand, are used to amplify low-level sound in certain situations like hunting or watching TV.

So what does this mean?

Now that you know the difference let’s take a closer look. Hearing aids are FDA regulated. This means the FDA guarantees their safety and effectiveness. PSAs are not regulated, and effectiveness and quality are not guaranteed for treating hearing loss. Modern-day hearing aids come in various shapes, sizes and offer a variety of different features. When choosing a hearing aid, consider the features that are important to you. Things like hearing aid battery life, fit, visibility, and price will vary across different models. You can learn more about choosing the right hearing aid for you here.

Another thing to consider is comfort, not only with the fitment but with the process of testing your hearing and choosing the right product for you. You’re invited to visit our first North American boutique, located in Southlake, Texas. We focus on making you comfortable with the entire process, allowing you to focus on what matters most, choosing the right hearing aid for you. See you soon!

 

 

 

How To Choose The Hearing Aid Style That’s Right For You

So you’re in the market for a new hearing aid. Selecting one can be an intimidating task. Let’s take a look at how to choose the right hearing aid for you!

Step 1. Understand How Hearing Aids Work

All hearing aids use the same basic components to do one job: carry sound from your outer environment to your brain. They use tiny microphones with a small computer chip that amplifies the sound, making it easier for you to hear.

Step 2. Understand Different Styles

While all hearing aids have the same basic function, fitment will vary across different styles. It’s important to know the differences to ensure you’re able to choose the right hearing aid for you. Let’s take a look at some different styles.

(A) Completely in the canal (CIC) 

  • Smallest 
  • Unlikely to pick up wind noise
  • Smaller batteries and therefore shorter battery life
  • Usually has fewer features

(B) In the canal (ITC)

  • Still less visible than larger hearing aids 
  • Has featured you won’t find on CIC hearing aids
  • May be difficult to adjust

(C) In The Ear (ITE)

  • Plentiful features that won’t be found on smaller hearing aids like sound adjustment and directional microphones.
  • Easier to handle 
  • Larger battery mens longer battery life
  • Could pick up more wind noise due to size
  • More visible

(D) Behind the ear

  • Traditionally larger in size
  • Directional microphones
  • More amplification capabilities 
  • The rechargeable battery is common 

Step 3. Consider The Features

Now that you understand the different styles of healing aids, consider the features that are most important to you. Features like noise reduction, directional microphones, rechargeable batteries, and direct audio input won’t be available in every style of hearing aid. Make sure you have a happy balance of comfort and featured when selecting the hearing aid that’s right for you. 

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