Frequently asked questions about hearing aids and hearing loss
Helping a loved one
Many people with hearing loss don't realize how much they're actually missing because you have become their ears. However, it takes only a short time for them to realize that they need your help. Here are some simple steps you can take to help your friend or loved one get the help they need:
- Repeat yourself
- Raise your voice
- “Translate” conversation
- Act as their messenger on the phone
- Communicate how their loss is affecting your relationship
- Let them know waiting won't make the hearing loss go away or get better
- Encourage them to get their hearing screened
- Accompany them to their appointment
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About hearing loss
About hearing aids
Modern 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. 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.
Visit our ear anatomy page to learn how sound is collected and processed by our ears, and interpreted by our brains.
Choosing the best hearing aid solution depends on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle activities, and technological and cosmetic considerations. Your hearing care professional will help you identify a hearing aid that best meets your individual needs.