When someone is experiencing some form of hearing loss, a hearing aid is usually the logical solution. When we expose ourselves to loud noises over time, this can damage our ability to filter frequencies. And this is why we need to ask the question, if exposure to loud noises damages our hearing, could hearing aids damage our hearing, as well? 

It is about the hearing aid fitting 

Hearing aids could contribute to hearing loss, but this is only if it is set up incorrectly. While any loud noise can harm hearing, hearing aids that are incorrectly selected and fitted could cause issues. This is why it is recommended you visit an audiologist to have your hearing aids properly fitted to your specific needs. Hearing aids are only damaging if they are not set up appropriately for the individual. Audiologists work with you to find the right device, make sure they test your hearing, and fit the device properly according to your personal circumstances. 

Many people may find that if they purchase hearing aids online and fit them themselves, they are running the risk of damaging their ears. Audiologists make sure that the hearing aid delivers a level of sound that does not cause additional damage to the ears. Audiologists use up-to-date state-of-the-art approaches to make sure that the fitting is correct. 

Why hearing aid fittings are crucial 

If you go and get your hearing aids fitted by a professional, it will encourage further hearing aid use. If you experience hearing loss, you will need to wear hearing aids for lengthy periods of time. This is why going to an audiologist is crucial. If you do not have a correctly fitted hearing aid, it will be uncomfortable. The hearing aid will rub against the walls of your ear canal, which will discourage you from using it in the future. This is why audiologists go through a painstaking process of making sure the hearing aids fit the contours of your ears. They do this by fitting the device so it promotes a comfortable experience. 

Hearing aids can prevent additional hearing loss 

Hearing aids, on a basic level, amplify incoming sounds. But they can also prevent additional hearing loss. Because wearing a hearing aid will stimulate the auditory cortex, the area of the brain that processes sound will strengthen your ability to hear over time. A hearing aid works to restore nerve activity which transfers information to the brain. 

This is why some people find they can lower the volume of the hearing aid after some time. When people experience hearing issues like tinnitus, this is also due to a lack of stimulation in the auditory cortex. Therefore, people who use hearing aids will reduce the symptoms of tinnitus because the hearing aid is restoring the activity of the nerves. 

Is it time to get a hearing aid? 

It is natural that we can be concerned about hearing aids if we are already experiencing some form of hearing loss. But this is why it is so important to understand what hearing aids actually do. We have come a long way from ear trumpets and devices that simply turn up the volume of everything around us. Hearing aids serve the purpose of delivering high-quality sound, which encourages your brain to process the information. 

When people are trying to hear better without the help of an audiologist, they can run the risk of experiencing further damage. The benefits of going through an audiologist mean that they can take you through every step of the process to ensure you don't experience any further damage. Our professionals will work with you to find the right device for your lifestyle, budget and hearing loss requirements. The most common hearing aid selections include:

  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • In the ear (ITE)
  • Invisible in canal (IIC)
  • Completely in canal (CIC)
  • In the canal (ITC)

Each of these styles offers a different sound and listening experience, which is why you want to have an audiologist to guide you during every step of the way.

Everybody has specific hearing needs, and if you are looking to book a hearing test, or you want to learn more about what a hearing aid can do for your hearing and your quality of life; you can get in contact with Sommerville Audiology & Hearing Aid Center on 586-298-3788. We will be happy to answer any questions you have. Nobody should experience a severe level of hearing loss.