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Hearing Aids for Profound Hearing Loss

two different types of hearing aids

Hearing aids are an effective solution for hearing loss. When you have a hearing assessment, your audiologist will explain the results to you and then recommend treatment options. Every person is unique, and some types of hearing aid will suit some individuals better than others. When exploring the possibilities, the extent of hearing loss is one of the most significant factors to consider. If you have profound hearing loss, your audiologist will discuss suitable options with you, helping you find the right hearing aids

What is profound hearing loss?

Hearing loss affects people in different ways, and it can range from mild to profound. Profound hearing loss means that you are only able to hear sounds that are very loud. If somebody is talking to you at a normal level, you probably would only be able to figure out what they were saying by following the movement of their lips. In some cases, louder sounds are felt as vibrations. Your ears respond to different pitches, and usually, people with more severe hearing loss can hear lower pitches better. The World Health Organization estimates that around 10% of people who experience hearing loss have profound hearing loss. Profound hearing loss can affect people of all ages.

The effects of profound hearing loss

Profound hearing loss can make it difficult to communicate, particularly in noisy environments like train or bus stations, cafes and restaurants, and offices and bars. Talking on the telephone is likely to be a challenge for those with profound hearing loss and keeping up in conversations can be tough. The good news is that there are solutions and treatment options that can improve hearing. One of the most effective treatments is hearing aids. 

Hearing aids for profound hearing loss

Hearing aids are commonly recommended for people who experience hearing loss. If you struggle to hear, hearing aids can make a huge difference, as they amplify sounds, making them louder and easier to hear. There are several different styles of hearing aids, and often, the findings of your hearing tests will influence the type you choose. 

When you have a hearing assessment, you’ll be asked to respond to the sounds you can hear, and this will enable your audiologist to determine the extent of hearing loss and to figure out which pitches and tones you can hear. Once the tests are complete, your audiologist will analyze the findings and discuss the results with you. With profound hearing loss, there are some types of hearing aids that are more suitable than others. Behind-the-ear (BTE) and full-shell in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are generally considered the best options for severe to profound hearing loss. These powerful devices capture sounds, amplifying them and processing them to form signals, which are then sent to the brain. 

Hearing aids can make a hugely positive difference if you experience hearing loss. If you have profound hearing loss, and you’ve been unable to hear any sounds apart from very loud noises, you should find that hearing aids open you up to a much wider range of sounds and make noisy environments more manageable. With hearing aids, you can be more independent, you should feel more confident when conversing with friends and colleagues or meeting new people. Hearing aids can also improve safety, especially in scenarios like crossing roads in the city. 

What happens when you have a hearing aid fitted?

Once you’ve decided which type of hearing aids to go for, your audiologist will make an appointment for a hearing aid fitting. This session is designed to ensure that your new hearing aids fit perfectly. Your audiologist will also program your hearing aids for you, adjusting the settings to best suit your needs, and they’ll talk to you about looking after your hearing aids and show you how to change the batteries and clean the devices. It’s important to note that it can take a few days to get used to wearing hearing aids, and initially, the sounds may seem very loud. If you have any questions or concerns about your hearing aids, or they don’t feel quite right after you get home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your audiologist.

Hearing aids can be beneficial for individuals with mild to profound hearing loss. If you have profound hearing loss, and you’re looking for advice about choosing the right hearing aids, we’re here to help! To find out more about Mountain Ear Hearing Associates, get in touch with us today at Black Mountain: 828-827-0510, Franklin: 828-827-0514, Morganton: 828-827-0509, Conover: 828-827-0528, Highlands: 828-827-0515, Rutherfordton: 828-827-0492 and Waynesville: 828-827-0517.