How Hearing Aids Work

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Updated: 6/15/2012 4:38 pm Published: 6/15/2012 4:28 pm

Shohn Armstrong, owner of Armstrong Hearing Aid Center, stopped by GDGC to answer some of our questions about how hearing aids work and how they can help those suffering from hearing loss.

1. What function do ears perform?

We don’t hear with our ears. Our ears receive and process sound, but we actually “hear” with our brain. When hearing loss occurs, our ears are no longer able to process certain sound signals.

2. When our brain cannot “hear” anymore, how do hearing aids help?

Hearing aids help process and amplify sounds. Today’s digital hearing aids are sophisticated instruments that deliver better sound quality than ever before, and many are so small they’re invisible when worn. In addition, 9 out of 10 hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.

3. How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids are tiny electronic devices that sit in or behind your ear. In a nutshell, they receive sound, process and amplify it, and deliver it right into your inner ear, where it is sent to the brain.
  • Someone says hello - A microphone picks up the sound and converts it into electrical signals.
  • An amplifier increases the strength of the signal.
  • A receiver/speaker converts it back into sound and sends it to the inner ear.
  • The brain “hears” and understands the sound as speech.
4. How does a person know if hearing aids will work for them?

Hearing aids are sophisticated, state-of-the-art, custom instruments with many different features and benefits. The appropriate style for the individual depends on their level of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. It is important to make an appointment with a hearing aid specialist so they can administer a hearing test, discuss the results and assist in selecting the best instrument for the individual and their lifestyle.

Armstrong Hearing Aid Center
6130 E. 71st St. #18
(SE Corner of 71st & Sheridan)
Tulsa, OK

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