Individuals with hearing loss will benefit from the use of a hearing aid. At Chevy Chase ENT, we realize that selecting the appropriate hearing aid is an important decision, and one that may seem overwhelming considering the many brands, features, options, styles and price points from which to choose. Our audiologists are here to help you choose the hearing aids that best meet your needs, so you get the most from your investment.
Todaya’s digital hearing aids contain sophisticated noise management systems and directional microphones. These sophisticated devices can readily respond to changes in the sound environment while maintaining settings optimized for speech understanding. The result is improved performance and comfort in more challenging listening environments.
Digital hearing aids contain chips that are programmed with a computer. If your hearing loss changes or progresses, the overall amplification of the hearing aid can be manipulated to meet those changes. A given hearing aid will typically last 3-5 years or longer. Technological advances in hearing amplification are occurring continuously to better meet the needs of those with hearing loss.
One hearing aid or two?
People who have hearing loss in both ears are best served by having hearing aids in both ears. We call this binaural hearing. (As opposed to monaural hearing) In a similar fashion, those with visual impairment in both eyes will benefit from eyeglasses in both eyes to maximize visual improvement. In the old days, we used to use a monocle, a single lens in one eye. We now know that if the vision in both eyes can be improved upon, we perform better with eyeglasses in both eyes. The same is true for hearing. If we can improve hearing in both ears, our overall auditory functioning is better than if we only improve hearing in one ear.
The following are some of the advantages of listening binaurally:
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