Once you or a loved one has been diagnosed with hearing loss, the next step is to obtain a hearing aid that will provide the highest level of support possible. While many "over the counter" listening devices (often called Personal Sound Amplifications Products, or PSAPs, according to the American Academy of Audiology) abound, these are not true hearing aids; they simply amplify sound, which can be ineffective and dangerous.
For this reason, PSAPs are not regulated by the FDA, are not intended for full-time use, and are not commonly recommended for people with diagnosed hearing loss. Loud sounds are one of the leading causes of hearing loss, according to the National Institute of Health, and extremely loud bursts of sound, such as having the sound of a car backfire, construction work, or loud music blasting in your ears can cause more damage.
In contrast, customized hearing aids which are carefully fitted and which have been chosen and tailored to address the cause of your hearing loss are safe, effective, and long-lasting. You can benefit from a customized pair of hearing aids in the following ways:
Opting for real, customized and audiologist-recommended hearing aids rather than a cheap over-the-counter PSAP is the logical choice and can help you safeguard your hearing, retain cognitive function, enjoy a rich social life, and maintain your self-confidence. Learn more about hearing aid types and which might be the best choice for you, and always seek a professional's help when fitting a hearing aid.
Opting for real, customized and audiologist-recommended hearing aids can help you safeguard your hearing, retain cognitive function, enjoy a rich social life, and maintain your self-confidence.