Why and what to know about hearing aids

King Hearing has answers about any hearing aid question you may have

 

When I am asked “Why are hearing aids so expensive?” I try to explain like this: the cost of a hearing aid involves three basic elements. The first is the product itself, the second is the individual, and the third is the professionals involved in hearing care.

A hearing aid is an electronic device that can be compared to a computer attached to a stereo system. It has a microphone that picks up sound and turns it into an electrical signal, a computer chip that analyzes the information, an amplifier that adds volume and a speaker that turns the sound back into an audible signal. There is a saying about computers, “garbage in, garbage out”, and this can apply to hearing aids. If the sound is not processed well, the signal that you are getting will not sound “right.”

Each individual hears in a similar yet unique way. Hearing anatomy is similar in everyone. The outer ear funnels sound to the eardrum and it crosses the middle ear through vibration in the bones to the inner ear, or cochlea. Within the cochlea are tiny cilia that move to create electrical impulses that travel up the nervous system to stimulate areas of the brain. The uniqueness of an individual’s hearing may include differences in their anatomy, but primarily there are differences in how the brain learns to interpret that sound. The brain develops unique pathways to determine if the sound is pleasant, irritating, useful or not useful.

Professionals in hearing care include engineers that study the mechanical, electrical and acoustic properties of a device; psychological and social scientists that identify both the normal and abnormal conditions of hearing; professionals that promote and market the products that are sold, without whom we would not know what was available; and the professional that you will trust to take care of you. All of these people are critical to your success with a hearing aid.

There are amplification devices that are cheap such as a megaphone that a cheerleader uses and devices that are expensive such as a titanium hearing aid about the size of a peanut. Used in the right environment, by the right people and to the proper audience these devices will assist hearing. But without a good analysis of your unique hearing, the use of the proper amplification device, and the continuing care of someone that can help you interpret how the device is benefitting you, it is difficult to find a hearing aid that will give you the help you need.

The slow onset of hearing loss is hard to recognize. Whether aging, noise, allergies, or ear wax is affecting your hearing, only a thorough hearing test can explain if there is really a problem. Visit our website at www.kinghearing.com for information on hearing and hearing aids. And to discover why you sometimes have trouble hearing, call 745-7878 for your FREE hearing screening.

There are many different choices when comparing hearing aids. Your most important decision is choosing a specialist that you will be comfortable with and who is willing to spend time with you. Just call and schedule a FREE consultation with Randall King to learn more about your choices. King Hearing Center is located in Lubbock at 2821 74th St., where our office has been in the same location since 1985. Randall is the owner of King Hearing Center and a Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist. He has worked with hearing loss for more than 30 years. He has tested hearing throughout West Texas, trained several specialists in hearing aid sciences and fit thousands of hearing aids. Call for your personal consultation with Randall at (806) 745-7878.

 

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