An amplification device sounds just like a long name for a hearing aid. But, as your hearing aid provider in the Denver area, we are here to tell you that there is a big difference between a hearing aid and an amplification device.
How An Amplification Device Works Vs. A Hearing Aid
An amplification device, also called a personal sound amplifier, says its purpose in the name—this device amplifies sound to louder levels. Now, if you have been struggling to hear, this can sound ideal. However, don’t be fooled by flashy commercials and ads making over-the-top promises. A personal sound amplifier is meant to be used by someone with normal hearing.
As this device amplifies all sounds equally, someone with hearing loss would hear the clink of forks on plates as loudly as the conversation they are trying to have during the meal. Instead, someone with healthy hearing would use these devices when they want to capture quiet sounds, such as a trail runner alone on a lonely trail or a parent trying to watch TV while their children are taking a nap. Overall, an amplification device has limited utility.
Instead of the one-trick pony that a personal sound amplifier is, take the powerhouse of sound that a hearing aid represents. A digital hearing aid can capture sounds and convert them into a numerical signal for processing, amplifying sounds like human speech and softening sharp sounds. So, where the amplifier would make it pretty much impossible to hear in a restaurant, a hearing aid would smooth over the sharp sound while allowing you to carry a lively conversation.
Another benefit of hearing aids that amplification devices lack is that hearing aids can be custom-programmed to your needs. So, while a personal sound device is a one-size-fits-all, a hearing aid can be attuned to your personal hearing needs.
Know Which Devices Should You Use
You can know which device is right for you by examining what you need the device to do. If you are struggling with hearing loss, then you will need a hearing aid. But if all you want is a device to take your normal hearing up a notch, then maybe an amplification device be right for you.
If you have more questions regarding hearing aids and whether you are a good candidate for them or an amplification device, you can contact us for an appointment with our audiologist for a hearing test. Depending on the results of your hearing exam, our audiologist will be able to determine what devices will best help you with your hearing needs.