It is very difficult for some individuals to admit to themselves that their hearing is not as good as it used to be. In some ways, it is a more difficult admission to make than that one needs glasses. After all, you can kind of fudge things as your hearing goes by lip reading or turning up the volume.
You must to be honest with yourself, if you know that something is amiss or if your partner says that the TV is too loud. You can delude yourself that you are not losing your hearing, but you cannot hoodwink others. Well, not for very long anyway.
So, basically, your option is to admit your difficulty to yourself or say that everybody else is incorrect. The sensible solution is to go to a doctor and have your hearing tested. And, although I do not want to forecast the result, the likelihood is that your hearing will be found wanting, although it may be found that you have a disease of the ear, which when put right will restore your hearing.
Otherwise, the options are: a life of struggle; using a hearing trumpet or wearing an electronic hearing aid. The obvious answer is to go for the electronic hearing aid which is quite small and inconspicuous. Barely noticeable, in fact.
Once you decide that you need a hearing aid, then the difficulty of choice commences. There are basically four kinds of hearing aids and they can then be either analogue or digital. The four styles are:
Completely In the Canal (CIC): these devices are almost invisible, because they are custom made. They are most suitable for those suffering from mild to moderate loss of hearing.
In The Canal (ITC): this device is larger and will deal with a wider range of hearing impairment.
In The Ear (ITE): these units are tailor-made to match the patient’s ear and are a little larger than the ITC models.
Behind The Ear (BTE): this is the most widespread kind of hearing aid and can be adjusted to suit many kinds of impaired hearing.
There are some individuals who should not wear a deaf aid just because their hearing is not up to scratch. The main category here is children. Children take a variety of paths to adulthood and one of these routes involves a slower development of their hearing.
This is especially true of the under sevens. If you think that your child may fall into this bracket, you should consult a doctor. It may be the result either of a hearing impairment of a disease.
Hearing aids have come a very long way from the days of cupping one’s hands behind one’s ears or using a hearing trumpet. They have even come a very long way from the huge battery listening aids of the twenties and thirties.
Nowadays, you have the choice of analogue or digital hearing aids. Analogue devices are very good, but going digital is the same as making the transition from vinyl records to CD’s.
Owen Jones, the writer of this piece writes on many subjects, but is currently involved with hearing aids reviews. If you would like to know more or check out some great offers, please go to our website at Digital Hearing Aids Prices.