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What Powers Your Hearing Aids?

What Powers Your Hearing Aids

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, about 35 million people across the nation suffer from hearing loss. However, only about one in four people who need hearing aids have them. A hearing aid can help people adapt and enjoy life so that they can improve their hearing.

An Overview of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids have similar features including:

  • An amplifier to increase the volume
  • A microphone
  • A receiver to carry the sound to the ear and
  • A power switch and batteries.

Some hearing aids also use earpieces or ear molds that help with sound quality and the transmission of the flow of sound.

However, all hearing aids are not the same. They differ in size, how they amplify sound, the type of volume control, the design, the types of features and how they are handled. The type of hearing aid you need depends on various factors, including your general needs, lifestyle and hearing loss, such as auditory processing disorder.

Types of Hearing Aids

Hearing aids operate via analog or digital. Analog hearing aids amplify every sound and do not differentiate between background noise and speech. However, some have a microchip and can be programmed according to your environment, such as a restaurant, at a football game or in church. Digital hearing aids are more common as they reproduce the sound exactly. They use a more complex process, which means they perform better overall. They have more programming options and offer greater flexibility, depending on the type of hearing loss you have.

Style of Hearing Aids

In addition, several different styles of hearing aids follow:

  • Behind-the-ear hearing aids – The parts fit in plastic case that sits in back of the ear. The case stays on the ear via tubing or an earmold. This option works well for young children as the parts are sturdy and the earmolds can grow with them.
  • Mini BTE hearing aids – A smaller version of the BTE, these offer benefits such as better comfort, clearer sound quality and less noticeable cosmetics.
  • In-the-ear hearing aids – The hearing aid fits into the ear. Some users find them easier to manage than smaller hearing aids.
  • In-the-canal hearing aids – These fit either partly or totally inside the ear. They are quite small and cannot be seen as easily. Since they are so tiny, some people struggle with handling them.

Batteries to Power Your Hearing Aid

You will need dependable batteries in order for your hearing aid to operate effectively, usually zinc-air button disposable batteries. Once these are removed from the package, they are activated when they come in contact with oxygen in the air. They should be stored at room temperature.

Different types of hearing aids require different types of batteries with four sizes, all smaller than a dime, used most often. Manufacturers color code the batteries so that users can easily identify which size they need. Depending on the size, they last anywhere from three to 20 days.

You can extend battery life by taking practical steps, such as turning off the device when you aren’t using it. Open the battery compartment door overnight to let the compartment dry out.

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