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Your Guide to Hearing Aids

We're here to help you find the right hearing aids to fit your active lifestyle. The following guides will help you on your way to better hearing.

1. The different types of hearing aids

We've all heard the phrase good things come in small packages, and today's hearing aids are no exception. Twenty-first century hearing aids are so small, they're virtually undetectable when worn. The delicate inner workings of custom hearing aids are contained in coverings known as shells. Shells come in a variety of shapes, styles and colors to better fit the user's hearing loss, daily routine and cosmetic needs.

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2. How do digital hearing aids work?

Digital hearing aids transform the sound waves that hit their microphone into digital binary code (0's and 1's). Once in the digital domain, the information can be manipulated in many sophisticated ways by the signal processing chip within the hearing aid.

The digital technology allows for:

  • Noise reduction
  • Anti-feedback control
  • Automatic switching to different listening programs
  • Digital sound streaming

Once the signal processing is completed, the digital signal is returned back to an analog signal that is sent to the speaker of the hearing aid, and heard by the wearer.

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3. Benefits of two hearing aids

While it's not always obvious to people with hearing loss, most of us experience bilateral hearing loss, or hearing loss in both ears. A single hearing aid can help, but just as eye-glasses improve vision in both eyes, binaural hearing aids (two hearing aids) provide more natural hearing.

Your Hearing Aid Professional can tell you whether or not you're a candidate for binaural hearing aids. If hearing loss has been detected in both ears, experience the way the world sounds by wearing two hearing aids instead of just one. You'll be happy you did.

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4. How to buy hearing aids

The process of buying hearing aids is different for everyone. Most people prefer visiting professional hearing aid dispensers. These experts focus exclusively on the diagnosis of hearing impairment and the treatment of hearing loss with hearing aids. They can show you the newest hearing aid technology; tailor a solution to your particular lifestyle; and furnish continuous care of your hearing health and hearing aids over time.

Before you purchase hearing aids, take a moment to familiarize yourself with our How to Buy a Hearing Aid Checklist.

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5. Other hearing aid guides

We know you have questions about hearing aids. That's why we have put together the following hearing aid guides.

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