Most people assume that hearing aids and devices are prescribed for hearing loss. While this is typically true, there are other types of hearing devices and hearing assistance provided to older adults. These types of devices and types of hearing assistance that you can get from a company such as Pacific Hearing Care are as follows.
Amplifying Sound for Minor Hearing Loss
Sometimes your hearing just needs a little boost. You can easily hear most sounds and people talking, and you do not need help tuning out other noises or voices. Yet, every so often your hearing needs a little extra help, such as when you want to hear what your neighbor is yelling at you from across the street, but you can only make out half of his or her words. There are hearing support devices that can help with this type of hearing issue.
Clarifying Garbled Speech
When you are talking to just one person, and their speech sounds more like that of an adult in an episode of the Peanuts cartoons, you are hearing garbled speech. This may have something to do with what you are hearing, or how you hear, but what you need are devices that help you understand the garbled speech. Hearing aids designed to decode speech sounds will help you converse in person with one other adult.
Fine-Tuning Hearing to Hear One Person While Cancelling Background Noise
If you are at a party where there is a lot of background noise or lots of people are talking, and you cannot understand or hear one person properly, you have trouble tuning out the background noise. There are devices and hearing aids that help you fine-tune your hearing. When these hearing aids are worn, or these types of devices are used, it is as though you are cupping your ear lobes and turning your cupped ears right toward the speaker you want to hear clearly. All of the background noise is dulled.
Other Devices That May Be Useful
If you have similar problems with your phone or TV usage, there are hearing devices that can help. For example, a completely closed-captioning phone with real-time video screen helps you read what the person said while simultaneously seeing his or her face and facial expressions. The other person has to have a similar phone for you to see him or her and his or her facial expressions, but the closed-captioning feature works with almost any phone the caller uses. The TV device helps you hear the TV clearly without ever turning up the volume.