A hearing aid can change a life. Recent studies show that hearing aids reduce the risk of dementia, depression, and falls by more than 10%. Those results are from a single study, and it isn’t the only one.
Hearing aids can improve communication and relationships, reduce stress, and make life easier to navigate on a daily basis. At Hearing Services of Santa Barbara we offer a wide range of services including hearing testing, hearing aid fitting, and after care services.
What are hearing aids?
Hearing aids are instruments that amplify sounds in order to enable those with hearing loss to hear more clearly.
Can hearing aids cure hearing loss?
Hearing aids are not a cure for hearing loss, but they do help many hearing-impaired individuals communicate more effectively. They work by amplifying sound vibrations that enter the ear. It is estimated that 95 percent of those suffering from hearing loss benefit from hearing aids – although only one out of five people with hearing loss seeks treatment.
Will my hearing aid be noticeable to other people?
Today’s hearing aids are small and discreet, and some models are completely invisible to others. Besides, asking people to repeat themselves, responding inappropriately when others are talking and social withdrawal are more obvious indicators of hearing loss than wearing hearing aids.
What type of hearing aid is best for me?
Choosing a hearing aid can be a daunting task. Your audiologist will work closely with you to take into account several factors – the type and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, the size and shape of your outer ears and inner ear canals and your manual dexterity – in order to determine the best hearing device for you.
How many hearing aids will I need?
The number of recommended hearing aids depends entirely on whether or not you have one-sided, or two-sided hearing loss. In most cases, two hearing aids are better than one. Wearing two hearing aids makes sense, given the fact that we have two ears. This gives us directional hearing, enabling us to localize the source of a sound; as a result, we can hear better in noisy environments. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears anyway. Ninety percent of hearing loss patients benefit from wearing two hearing aids.
Hearing Aid Manufacturers
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