Hearing aids are devices used to capture, process and amplify sound for an ear with any type of hearing loss. The new digital hearing aids have come a long way since the older analog ones. People commonly dislike hearing aids due to several reasons:
- Poor fitting
- Cosmetic issues
- Life style limitations such as problems with heat, sweat, and water exposure
- Cost since most insurance companies do not offer good hearing aid benefits
- Daily maintenance such as battery change which could be a problem for the elderly with poor dexterity
Most of these issues could be addressed by good fitting of a hearing aid by an expert audiologist. The hearing aids also offer the major advantage that they are not associated with any major risk factors, they are not invasive nor do they require surgery. If you have hearing loss it is best to consult an expert audiologist to hear about the options available to you for hearing amplification.
For the past few decades almost all hearing aids have been equipped with telecoils that can communicate with telephones. Looping is a technology that takes advantage of this telecoil. By implanting Looping wires in buildings, public places or even offices, one can directly transmit sound to a person’s hearing aids. This has the advantage of the hearing aid only amplifying the sound the person would like to hear and not everything around them. For example, while attending a concert at the Kennedy center the patrons would enjoy hearing the performance and not the chatter of people in the seat behind them- well, at least in most circumstances.
These systems come with a microphone for the deaf ear and a hearing aid for the good ear. Once the sound is captured from the deaf side of the body it is wirelessly transmitted to the hearing aid on the good side. If the good ear has any hearing loss, then the hearing aid would amplify the sound as needed.