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    How Does a Hearing Aid Work?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Your ability to hear depends on your ear—a delicate sensory organ that allows sound to travel through and into your brain via nerve impulses. If you have difficulty hearing, there may be something wrong with your eardrum or cochlea. In the event that you cannot get surgery to restore your hearing to its optimal level, you should consider getting a hearing aid. To learn how these tiny electronic devices can help you hear, read the following overview:

    How They Work

    A hearing aid is a relatively simple technology that relies on hair cells in your inner ear. These hair cells pick up vibrations from sound, which the hearing aid’s microphone transmits and converts into electrical signals. The signals are then sent to the amplifier, which increases the volume of the sound. Once the speaker receives the sound, it is sent to the ear.  

    Types of Hearing Aids

    Hearing aids come in a variety of styles that may be more conducive to the wearer’s needs. The most widely recommended style is the In-the-Ear hearing aid, which is custom-molded to fit the outer portion of your ear. When it comes to having the most discreet hearing aid possible, the Completely-in-the-Canal style offers a virtually invisible design.

    How They are Made

    An audiologist will make an imprint of your ear by creating a silicon mold of your inner ear. After it has hardened, the mold will be sent to a manufacturer who specializes in making hearing aids. Once the shell of the hearing aid is formed, the manufacturer will drill holes in and apply the necessary electrical components to make the device work with your hearing prescription.

    If you’re in need of quality audiological services, consult with the experts at Dunshaw Hearing Aid Centers in New York. We provide full hearing tests and aural rehabilitation to help you find the best hearing aid for your lifestyle. Browse our wide selection of hearing aids online, or call us at (888) 903-6717 to schedule an appointment.

    Find More Information About Hearing Loss And Ear Health At These Helpful Websites

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The ability to hear clearly may be taken for granted at times, but it is an essential part of a healthy quality of life. Check out these resources for information on how hearing loss happens, how you can prevent it, and what you can do if you are in need of help.

    • For a general look at the causes of hearing loss, Hear-It.org has some easy-to-understand information.
    • Hearing aids are the most common form of hearing loss treatment.  The Mayo Clinic outlines the different types and styles of hearing aids available. 
    • If you would like to know more about the anatomy of the ear, the Hearing Health Foundation has a thorough explanation of both the ear’s anatomy and how the hearing process works on a biological level.
    • The American Academy of Family Physicians offers some general advice for how to prevent hearing loss.
    • To learn more about hearing aid technology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association discusses the state of digital hearing aids.

    To learn even more about ear health and hearing loss, contact Dunshaw Hearing Aid Centers at (888) 903-6717. Our professional staff offers the best in audiological services and technology in the New York area. 

    What to Consider When Selecting Your Hearing Aid

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Hearing loss is a concern for people from a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, and age groups. Losing your hearing may at first be very troubling, but is relatively common and fortunately easily managed. In most cases of hearing loss, a hearing aid is the best option to restore a functional level of hearing. With a variety of hearing aids and accessories available, selecting the device that is exactly right for you can sometimes seem daunting. Read on for a clear idea of what to consider when selecting your hearing aid.

    Comfort

    The basic technology used in hearing aids is the same. Once you have an understanding of your hearing needs, it is important to pick a device that is comfortable and easy to wear. Behind-the-ear style aids, for example, are easy to put on and adjust and are effective in treating all levels of hearing loss. In-the-canal style hearing aids, on the other hand, can make talking on the phone easier, but these can be difficult to adjust and less comfortable for people with small ears.

    Appearance

    The device that provides the highest level of functionality is obviously the biggest priority for a person with hearing loss. You do not have to sacrifice style for effectiveness, however, as a variety of hearing aid types are available that are both effective and discreet. Half-shell hearing aids, for instance, are custom fit, and provide the comfort of a behind-the-ear style aid with the subtlety of an in-the-canal device. A completely-in-the-canal type aid is the least noticeable in the ear and is less likely to pick up ambient sound like wind noise. Ultimately, finding the right balance of utility and style is up to you.   

    Naturally, an audiologist is the best resource for determining your hearing needs. Dunshaw Hearing Aid Centers offer complete audiological testing, aural rehabilitation, and a wide selection of hearing aids. If you are in New York and in need of audiological services, call (888) 903-6717 today to make an appointment. 

    Anatomy of the Ear: A Look at What Makes Hearing Possible

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Those with hearing loss know exactly how sensitive and fragile the human auditory system can be. If you suspect you may be experiencing hearing loss, a hearing test may be in order. In the meantime, read the following to gain a better understanding of just exactly how people are able to hear.

    The Outer Ear

    The hearing process is complex, and it takes place in three large sections of the ear. The outer ear is exactly what it sounds like: the external part of the hearing system. The outer or external ear is the portion of the ear that you can see. The unique folds and twists in our earlobes and cartridge help to amplify the vibrations from sound waves into the ear canal.

    The Middle Ear

    The sound collected through the ear canal travels to the tympanic membrane, more commonly known as the eardrum. The middle ear is the space between the eardrum and the intricate inner ear. The middle ear is home to a group of three small bones called the ossicles: the malleus, incus, and stapes. As vibration strike the eardrum, resonate vibrations are sent on to the ossicles.

    The Inner Ear

    The inner ear is home to the vestibular (essential for balance) and the cochlea (essential for hearing). The cochlea is coiled and filled with fluid. When the ossicles vibrate, they push a small membrane-sheathed hole called the oval window causing the cochlear fluid to move. As the cochlear fluid moves about, it stimulates tiny hairs inside of the cochlea. These hairs create signals that are finally passed onto the brain as nerve impulses. The brain’s auditory system sorts out the impulses and determines what the ear is in fact hearing. The ear’s anatomy is sensitive to say the least. Damage to any of its delicate parts can lead to hearing loss.

    For more information about the hearing process and how to prevent and manage hearing loss, contact Dunshaw Hearing Aid Centers in New York. Our state-licensed audiological services cover everything from hearing tests to hearing aid technology. Call (888) 903-6717 to make an appointment.

    Progressive Hearing Loss: A True Life Story

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Hearing loss is a condition that affects one out of every six people and can be a difficult condition to cope with. With the right resources, professional support, and hearing aid technology, hearing loss does not have to take over your life.

    Meet Paul, a performance manager who was diagnosed with hearing loss in his early thirties. The news was troubling to Paul at first, but watch this video to see how an everyday person can overcome the difficulty of poor hearing and actually turn his or her condition into a source of empowerment.

    Dunshaw Hearing Aid Centers provide comprehensive audiological testing, rehabilitation, and hearing aids in the New York area. For the best support in preventing and managing your hearing loss, contact Dunshaw Hearing Aid Centers today at (888) 903-6717. 

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