Hearing amplifiers are a popular way to help improve our ability to hear sounds. But what makes them different from hearing aids?
Learn about the differences, benefits, and how to manage suspected hearing loss effectively.
What’s The Difference Between Hearing Amplifiers & Hearing Aids?
Both hearing amplifiers and hearing aids can improve our ability to hear. The only major difference between them is that digital hearing aids are designed for people with hearing impairments, whereas hearing amplifiers are not. For example, those with sensorineural hearing loss would turn to hearing aids to improve and effectively manage said hearing loss.
On the other hand, hearing amplifiers are intended for those who are not hard of hearing. People with normal hearing can rely on an amplifier to boost the sound levels around them. E.g, whilst watching television and to amplify sounds in a closed environment such as restaurants and cinemas.
If you have any concern regarding your hearing, it is highly advisable that you get it checked and tested.
Signs Of Hearing Loss
Personal sound amplifiers can be a great option for those with ‘normal’ hearing. Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell if we adhere to what is defined as normal. When you do not experience any form of hearing loss, there is nothing stopping you from investing in hearing amplifiers if you’d like to enjoy amplified, enhanced levels of sound. However, if you experience any of these signs of hearing loss, then hearing amplifiers might be redundant.
- A sensation of muffled hearing
- Difficulty understanding conversations
- Need to increase volume on TV, radio, or with music
- Trouble hearing in noisy or busy environments
- Spend more time attempting to lip read
- Choosing to avoid social events
If you experience any of the above, you could have some level of hearing loss. If so, it is time to have your hearing checked.