Many people acquire hearing loss as they age or for other reasons. Hearing aids are a common treatment option for hearing loss.
A hearing aid is a small electronic device worn in or behind your ear that amplifies sounds so they can be heard better, making listening and communication easier and more enjoyable. It consists of a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. Sounds are received through the microphone and then increased in power by the amplifier, which then sends the signals to the ear through a speaker. Hearing aids magnify sounds based on the severity of a patient’s hearing loss. There is a limit on how much amplification can be given to sounds, so hearing aids are not for everyone.
If you are having problems with your hearing, talk to your primary care physician about visiting an ENT specialist at Metro Health. The specialist will screen to determine what care you need.