Hearing Aids Make Everything Loud

It’s time to address the myth that hearing aids used in quieter environments will make other sounds overwhelmingly loud.  Today, we discuss the fact that hearing aids no longer amplify sound across the board.

Historically, hearing instruments were built to amplify all sound. The idea was that if you couldn’t hear, the issue would be easily addressed by turning the volume up. Today, we know that people suffering from a sensorineural hearing loss (resulting from prolonged noise exposure, head injuries or aging) hear certain sounds more quietly, while they hear others at a perfectly adequate level. That’s why hearing aid manufacturers have worked to develop technology that allows hearing aids to selectively amplify sound. Different manufactures have implemented different ways of going about this, but hearing aids these days automatically adjust based on the direction you are facing, the environment you’re in and even where the sounds are coming. How this is actually done is a bit on the technical side, but at the end of the day hearing aids now-a-days talk to each other and are constantly scanning all the sounds around you.

Hearing aids these days automatically adjust based on the direction you are facing, the environment you’re in and even where the sounds are coming.

Therefore, hearing aids today pick up on the more important sounds (the sounds you want to hear or would hear with a ‘normal’ level of hearing) while adjusting the louder sounds at a manageable level (the sounds in everyday background noise or loud sounds in general). Most hearing aids on the market today operate according to this intake-based sound amplification.

Hearing aids no longer amplify sound across the board.

So if you’re worried that hearing aids will make everything louder, we’re happy to let you know that your fear is unfounded. Your hearing healthcare professional will program your hearing aid so that it amplifies exactly to your level of hearing loss, meaning that your hearing aid will always know at what decibel level it needs to stop amplifying.  Your hearing aid will be customized perfectly to your specific needs, and if it ever feels uncomfortable (as hearing does change over time), you can come back in for a clinic appointment and your hearing healthcare professional will gladly adjust your hearing aid to your perfect specifications.

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