Hearing aids can help
No hearing aid can restore your hearing completely. However, hearing aids can certainly help by providing a more subtle sound picture and thereby improving communication vastly.
Hearing aids can bring back sounds that you may not have heard or thought about for years. Everyday sounds such as a ticking clock, water dripping, the television, the car, footsteps on hard floors, children’s voices, music, doors banging, laughter, tools, machinery, etc.
Having a hearing loss does not only mean the inability to hear loudly enough. Some people may also experience difficulties hearing within a specific and narrow frequency region. This can result in what is known as “discrimination loss”; one can hear speech but not understand it.
Localisation and hearing impairment
Hearing impairment affects our ability to understand speech, as well as our ability to localise the sound sources around us. In background noise, like at a party or in traffic, it becomes more difficult to distinguish sounds and the perception of space and general sound quality are also decreased.
By default, the hearing aid has one listening program (Master). Depending on the specific hearing aid and how the hearing care professional has programmed it, you can have up to six listening programs intended for specific listening situations. If your needs change over time, the combination of listening programs can be changed.
Read more about listening programs.