Thursday, June 6, 2013

Why do people who use hearing aids still have trouble hearing?

Without a doubt, hearing aids improve hearing, communication and quality of life.  While they can have a significant positive impact on life, they are unable to restore hearing to normal.  They do a fabulous job when someone has a mild to moderate loss of hearing.  For those with a more severe or profound hearing loss, they at times mishear, misunderstand or miss something all together.

Most people who wear hearing aids have permanent hearing loss.  Permanent hearing loss is called sensory or sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss results from damage to the hearing nerves called hair cells.  Hearing aids do not repair this damage.  Hearing aids amplify and manipulate sound, and send sound to the ears.  Sound then passes through the damaged haircells.  These damaged haircells act similar to a damaged loud speaker in that they distort sound.  The more damage there is to the haircells, the more distorted words become.

There are things you can do to help someone with hearing loss to hear better.  Get the person’s attention, and speak slowly and clearly.  Reduce background noise whenever possible.  These changes can make a big difference in how well someone understands. 

The person with hearing needs to have regular audiologic care.  An annual hearing evaluation can determine if the hearing aids settings are appropriate.  Today’s digital hearing aids are easily adjusted to maximize hearing.  Call to schedule a hearing evaluation.    Don’t wait. 

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

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