Traditional Hearing Aids
Traditional Hearing Aids Only Make Things Louder
At Hearing and Brain Centers, we like to say that while we specialize in the medical treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus, our focus is first and foremost on our patients. Our patient-centered medical care means you receive treatment from empathetic, experienced professionals who understand how to provide their patients with the most independent lifestyle. Hearing and brain health, along with the independence they give you, is our number one priority. With our personal touch, you will leave our office knowing that you experienced 5-star-rated treatment you can truly remember. If you are confused by all the traditional hearing aid amplifiers on the market in Worcester, MA, please trust America’s Highest-Rated Hearing Health Care team to provide you with education and guidance.
Why NOT Traditional Hearing Aids?
Traditional hearing aids contribute to confusion among individuals seeking treatment for hearing loss. You’ve probably seen ads for traditional hearing aids including but not limited to: "As Seen on TV" offers, letters in your mailbox, or even letters from local retail hearing aid dealers. Without proper education and understanding, a patient may believe all technologies are created equal…they are not!
Traditional hearing aids have been available for 40+ years and work on the premise of making all sounds louder. Although this technology uses "tricks" to reduce background noise (i.e., turning off certain microphones or boosting certain sounds), it cannot adapt to different listening environments or provide enhanced clarity of speech sounds.
Other forms of traditional hearing aids that could be causing confusion are over-the-counter hearing aids. Recent legislation has made the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids legal in the United States. These are one-size-fits-all devices that are fit "at home" without a hearing evaluation, and without the medical care provided by our treatment team.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has limited their use to only people with mild to moderate hearing loss, although there is no way to regulate this. Fortunately, many states’ Attorney Generals, including Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, etc., have started to crack down on misleading consumers about the effectiveness of this technology.