When Are Hearing Aids Not Enough?

World Health Organization believes 466 million people worldwide – including 34 million children - have disabling hearing loss. There are various ways to improve this situation with hearing aids.

However, sometimes hearing aids are not strong enough and medical interventions become necessary. But before we discuss the options we need to delve into the science and share a few key facts.

The Big Picture: Hearing Loss in Context

Hearing difficulties can arise from ageing, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, complications at birth, exposure to excessive noise, genetic causes, and use of certain drugs. World Health Organization believes 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.

There are a variety of interventions available, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, other assistive devices, captioning and sign language; and other forms of educational and social support. Despite this, only 17% of people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them.

World Health Organization believes ignoring hearing loss costs the United States $750 billion annually. Therefore, interventions to prevent, identify and address hearing loss are financially cost-justifiable besides benefiting those directly affected.

There are three ways to prevent hearing deteriorating further. These are:

  • Avoid noisy situations that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Purchase appliances and devices that have low noise ratings
  • Wear earplugs or ear muffs if you have to enter a noisy environment

I Tried But My Hearing Aids are Not Working Hard Enough!

There are several possibilities that might help explain why your hearing aids are not working properly. These are (a) your batteries need replacing or charging (b) your hearing aids are not strong enough, and (c) your hearing deteriorated since you purchased your devices.

We supply behind-the-ear hearing aids to people with mild to moderate hearing loss. They are a simple, cost-effective solution for people in that category, because we supply them direct from factory ex-works.

We are not however medical people qualified to provide medical advice. If you suspect your deteriorating hearing, or hearing loss is the result of a medical problem you should seek medical advice from your preferred medical provider.

A Few Reasons Why Your Hearing Aids May Not Be Working

Flat batteries are among the most common reason why hearing aids stop working properly. However, their tubes may also have ear wax stoppages, or may have fallen on the ground and been damaged.

It’s also possible the ear buds are a bad fit, especially if a hearing aid store molded them specially, and the shape of your ear canal changed slightly as you added, or lost body mass. A very light wipe of the ear bud with medical-grade olive oil may be all that’s needed to obtain a decent fit.

How ‘Strong’ Do My Hearing Aids Need to Be?

Hearing Aids and Deafness

Deafness is the inability to hear any sound, whereas hearing loss is the inability to interpret sound. Even the strongest hearing aids cannot help with deafness, because there is no sound for them to interpret.

Deaf or almost deaf people often learn to lip read to help overcome their disability. This is a process where they learn to interpret the movements of other people’s lips, face and tongue. Other people can help them by speaking slowly and clearly.

Hearing Aids and Extreme Hard of Hearing

There are a variety of reasons why hearing is, or becomes imperfect. Hearing aid technology focuses on improving communication between sound waves in the ear, and the eardrum. However, the problem may also lie in the cochlear behind it, or the nerve that transmits vibrations to the brain.

  • Bone-anchored hearing aids are surgical interventions that transmit sounds from a receiver, through the wearer’s skull, and to a sound processing implant. This creates vibrations that stimulate sound processing in the inner ear.
  • Cochlear implants are surgical electronic interventions that transmit sound signals to the cochlear on the inner side of the eardrum thereby bypassing that part of the process

Hearing Aids for Mild to Moderate Hearing Difficulties

Most hearing aids are strong enough to stimulate the eardrum, get the cochlear working, and send the data to the brain to interpret.  We sell basic hearing aids that suffice for up to 90% of clients.

Hearing aid stores, on the other hand sell advanced hearing aids with features many of their clients don’t need or require. Hence they are in our opinion over the top, unless the wearer’s lifestyle requires extremely fine hearing.

Okay I Need a Hearing Aid. What’s Next?

Do you have 10,000, maybe $20,000 to spare and money is not an object? That’s great. Pop down to a hearing aid store, shell it out, and see if you qualify for a tax rebate.

However if money matters, may we suggest you purchase a pair of hearing aids for less than $200 from us as a trial. Our incredibly high customer satisfaction rating suggests they’ll work for you too.

We offer a thirty-day money-back guarantee if they don’t (terms and conditions apply). Could you think of a better way to improve your hearing for less? We doubt this after ten successful years in the business.

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