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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!