Modern hearing aids are digital and give a welcome assistance. Audiologists are professionals who dispense the majority of hearing aids in Canada. Audiologists use advanced computerized procedures in order to individualize the fitting of hearing aids to your listening needs.
While only 10 percent of adult hearing problems are medically or surgically treatable, the majority with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids and/or assistive listening devices.
Digital hearing aids are fitted with impressive options. Hearing aids use sound processing strategies to increase or decrease certain frequency sounds and provide more speech clarity in noisy situations. Hearing aids are able to adapt to harsh listening environments by automatically adjusting sounds to produce optimal hearing for the user and learn to adjust faster the next time the hearing aid user is in that situation again.
Advances in technology continue to enhance the quality of sound produced by hearing aids today. However, not every hearing loss is the same and not all hearing aids provide the same type of amplification. The prospective hearing aid user will be informed about the realistic benefit that a hearing aid may provide. A well fitted hearing aid will significantly improve an individual’s ability to communicate.
If the hearing impairment is of the sensorineural or nerve type, the difficulty of adjusting satisfactorily to a hearing aid may be greatly increased. Very often, persons who have this type of loss can hear speech sounds if they are loud enough but cannot always understand what is being said. It is true that speech must be loud enough to permit the listener to understand to his or her full capability. However, making speech increasingly louder will not necessarily lead to a corresponding improvement in speech discrimination because the nerve has become less sensitive to the acoustic differences of speech sounds. A hearing impaired person will often say, “I hear but I can’t always understand what I hear”. Through amplification many sounds of speech can be heard and understood with greater ease. The hearing aid offers the user hearing that is short of normal acuity but more satisfactory than the uncompensated impairment.
Do Not Be Discouraged by the Interference of Background Noises
If your initial experience with the aid is unsatisfactory, remember that you are learning new habits, or rather, relearning old habits in a new setting. Normal hearing persons are aware of background noises too, but have LEARNT to push them out of conscious awareness. As you learn to discriminate between noise and speech and to identify various background sounds, you also will be able to ignore extraneous noises just as persons with normal hearing do