Hearing aids are electroacoustic devices that receive and amplify sounds, simulating the experience of binaural hearing. Hearing aids are worn in or behind the ear, and they are programmed with features to help people hear comfortably both in quiet and noisy situations.
Though there are many different styles, hearing aids share the same components. There are three general parts: microphone, amplifier, and speaker. These parts mirror the way the ear receives and processes sound. The microphone receives sound, which is then converted into electrical signals through a processing platform. These signals are sent to an amplifier, which makes the sounds louder. These signals are then sent through the ear by way of the speaker.
Hearing aids are available in a variety of styles, including: behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, in-the-ear, in-the-canal, and completely-in-canal. Modern aids are now available with a host of optional features, including; bluetooth connectivity, made for iPhone functionality, waterproof casing and much more. Hearing aids are useful instruments that enhance the lives and well-being of people who are hard of hearing. At Optimum Audiology, we offer hearing aids from the following leading manufacturers.