You have difficulty conversing in a noisy environment. Social situations become difficult.
Yes!!! Hearing aids do help people with hearing loss. A hearing aid can't restore normal hearing of course, but modern technology is truly amazing. Hearing aids are more comfortable to wear and easier to listen with than ever before. They are usually fitted to specifically match one's hearing loss profile. A little bit like your own “prescription” for your ears. What everyone should understand is wearing a hearing aid is a process. It will take some time for the person to undergo the rehabilitation process to train the brain to re-learn the sounds that haven’t been heard for a long time.
Hearing loss is very often described in terms of percentage lost. This is an incorrect measurement to apply to hearing levels. It is unlikely that you have lost hearing equally in all the frequencies and because of the method of measurement that is used by audiometers. Instead hearing loss is described as mild, moderate, severe, or profound, depending upon the degree of loss. For example, one may say that he or she has a "moderate high frequency hearing loss” As opposed to – “you have lost X percent of your hearing”.
Tinnitus, which refers to sounds that are heard in the head or ears, may accompany sensorineural hearing loss. It may sound like ringing, buzzing, hissing, roaring, crickets, or a combination of several sounds.
Tinnitus is not a disease - it's a symptom that presents with a hearing loss on most occasions. Modern hearing aids can help with tinnitus as many have inbuilt “tinnitus therapy”.
Hearing aids vary in price quite significantly just like other electronic products – the more features and capabilities of the hearing aid, the higher the price. There are many excellent hearing aids within the range with many to choose from, so we are easily able to match your budget as well as your other needs.
Humans are designed to hear using both ears. So, the answer is clearly a YES if you have a hearing loss in both ears. Two hearing aids provide more balanced and natural sound as well as providing much better speech discrimination in most cases. Monaural users generally find a small improvement in quiet places but in noisy places they cannot manage and will very often complain that the hearing aid is noisy – it isn’t but they can’t discriminate speech through the noise.
There are different options these days with hearing aids – some use disposable zinc air batteries which are very low cost. Others can use nickel cadmium rechargeable batteries that require daily charging. There is now also the option of longer lasting lithium batteries that use smart contactless charging – these are super convenient as there is no battery handling whatsoever – so they can be a good choice for older people.