You have probably seen advertisements for very low-priced personal sound amplifiers (PSAP) online or in your local pharmacy. The FDA lists a very clearly written explanation of how hearing aids and PSAPS differ;
Hearing Aid Technology
Around 15% of American adults (37.5 million) have trouble hearing, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). In most cases, the best way to treat hearing loss is with hearing aids. While 28.8 million people with hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids, a much lower percentage have actually tried them.
Many agree that hearing aids are expensive. In fact, high hearing aid costs are often what prevent hearing impaired individuals from seeking treatment. In the following, we’ll address if the price of a hearing aid truly reflects quality, as well as what to look for when purchasing hearing aids.
What is directionality and how does it work? How does hearing in both ears help me to hear better? Well, we've got the answers to those questions and then some.
Technology is ever-evolving to make our lives better and easier. In less than two decades, we’ve moved from flip phones to smartphones. But the improvements to your smartphone are wider reaching than merely improving your ability to communicate with others or access entertainment: Thanks to the latest hearing technology, your smartphone can help you to hear better with smartphone-controlled hearing aids.
Hearing aids range in price from as low as $10 to as high as $8,000 if you go to a local provider. The difference in prices is due to cost to seller, the hearing aid model, and the hearing aid's features.
The question of how hearing aids actually work comes up frequently. Essentially, a hearing aid takes a sound and amplifies it before sending it to the ear. To explain the process more clearly, we created a graphic.
Rechargeable batteries are the mainstay of the electronic devices most of us use in our daily lives. It’s increasingly more natural in this day and age for people to watch a cellphone’s charge indicator, or a car’s gas gauge, with the same sense of self preservation. But for most hearing aid users, keeping a charge in their hearing devices is far from natural, or easy.
An earhook and thick tube combination are often used when a hearing aid needs to deliver more sound to the ear than the typical standard thin tube can produce. The earhook is simply an adapter that allows for the thicker tube to connect with the hearing aid. Let's learn how to use one.