5 Benefits of Fully Customized Hearing Aids

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Customized hearing aids are normally the best choice for people with diagnosed hearing loss.

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:

  1. Customized hearing aids are typically recommended based on where your hearing loss has originated. Hearing aids can be behind the ear, in the ear opening or inside the ear canal. Some hearing aids conduct sound into the canal, while others conduct sound through the bone. Using a hearing aid that is scientifically matched to the cause of your hearing loss helps resolve the issue. Many hearing aids can also be synced to other devices, making them great listening and communication options for multiple situations.
  2. Hearing aids that are customized for you are often more discrete. If you want your hearing aid to be unnoticed, having a custom-fitted set of aids is your best option. Some types of hearing aids are virtually invisible, and others even look like stylish jewelry.
  3. A custom hearing aid won't worsen your hearing over time. Instead of simply amplifying noise, which can lead to worsened hearing loss, hearing aids can be customized to adapt to external noise, protecting your hearing and providing better clarity of sound.
  4. An audiologist/hearing aid specialist-recommended custom hearing aid will fit more comfortably, and be less prone to falling out, becoming lost or causing discomfort. You'll be more likely to wear hearing aids if they fit comfortably and stay in place.
  5. Customized hearing aids are made with higher-quality components, and last longer, while a cheap over-the-counter solution can be attractive at first, the danger of additional hearing loss is high and the need to replace them more frequently due to breakage or failure of internal components can mean your savings are minimal.

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.