How Do Hearing Aids Work?

Today’s hearing aids use the latest in digital technology. Hearing aids work by amplifying sound through a three-part system with four simple components: a microphone, a speaker or receiver, an amplifier and a power supply (batteries).  First, the microphone receives sound and converts it to a digital signal. The amplifier then increases the strength of the digital signal. Finally, the speaker projects the amplified sound into the ear.

How Do Hearing Aids Help Me Hear? 

The goal of hearing aids is to help those with hearing loss better understand speech. When combined with expert speechreading skills (reading lips, taking in facial expressions, body language, and other contextual signs), these visual cues help people with hearing loss gain excellent understanding of speech.

There’s a variety of types of hearing aids that can help with different types of hearing loss or background noise concerns.  No matter which type you select, each hearing aid consists of the four simple components. 

Hearing aid accessories and devices can help bridge the gap between you and the sound source. Hearing aids work by eliminating the effects of distance, noise, and reverberation, bypassing challenging acoustics—sending sound directly to your ears1.

Do Hearing Aids Just Make Sound Louder?

Although the primary function of a hearing aid is to make sound louder, it is not the only one. Hearing aids do many things to assist those with hearing loss. Hearing aids measure the amount of amplification needed based on the volume level and quality of the sound. They ensure that all sounds are clear including whispers, your phone or the TV volume. Hearing aids also can filter background noises, making it easier to hear the intended sound. 

What Hearings Aids Work Best?

As we’ve said, there is a variety of types of hearing aids including completely-in-the-canal, in-the-canal, full shell in-the-ear, behind-the-ear and receiver-in-the-canal. Each type of hearing aid can help with different levels of hearing loss as well as meet the needs of your lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with our team of hearing specialists to help determine which type of hearing aid best fits your needs. 

There are many hearing aids designed for different functionality including those with easy user support, best high-end design, best for artificial intelligence features, best for group and classroom conversations and more. There are even options for waterproof hearing aids

How to Book a Consultation 

To book a hearing aid consultation including a hearing test at Sierra Nevada Hearing Aid Center, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at one of our three northern Nevada locations.