Many people in today’s world need to wear hearing aids to help them hear everyday conversations. If you are one of these people, who have to purchase a hearing aid than you might want to learn what parts there are to a hearing aid so you can help identify any issues that might occur with the hearing aid. Today, I am going to help you understand the parts that go into the hearing aid that assists you in hearing.
I am sure it does not come to a surprise that for a hearing aid to work it must first have a supply of energy. Hearing aids supply of energy comes from batteries. As of now, the majority of hearing aids are battery used. Meaning, there are rechargeable hearing aids out there, but as of now, the majority of them have to have their battery replaced. It is important for you to remember to change your battery and if your hearing aid is not working correctly the first thing to do is replace the battery and see if it will work itself out.
This is the starting point of allowing you to be able to hear. This is a unique part of your hearing aid in that it picks up sounds in your environment and translate them into little electronic signals that can be understood by the processor.
The processor or amplifier of the hearing aid is considered the motherboard. Meaning this is where the magic happens in allowing you to be able to hear. It takes the electronic signals from the microphone and converts them into digital signals which can be manipulated. It can also be adjusted according to the person’s hearing loss. So, your hearing aids are made a costume to your needs.
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The receiver takes the digital signals and turns it into audible sound. This is what truly allows a person who wears a hearing aid to be able to hear everyday conversations as the once did without the use of the hearing aid. The receiver takes all the information from the microphone and processor and creates it into something that can be understood. It takes digital signals and turns it into words in a matter of seconds.
Behind the Ear
There are two types of hearing aid devices, in the ear hearing aids and behind the ear hearing aids. Both of the hearing aids use the basics that are mentioned above. However, behind the ear ones have a few more parts.
The behind the ear hearing aid has an on and off switch which allows you more control over when you can hear and when you cannot. You know like when you are in a heated discussion and want it to stop? Well, all you have to do is turn off your aids and say I cannot hear you, conversation over.
It also has a volume control, so you have more control over how loud or soft things are portrayed to you. Finally, it has an ear hook. The hearing aid has to be able to stay on somehow, and since it does not go into the ear, it has a hook to keep it in place.