Hearing loss or a hearing impairment can impact every part of your life, making even something as simple as placing a phone call or having a conversation with a loved one a difficult task. Fortunately, there are more innovative solutions to help you improve your hearing available on the market than ever before. At Walgreens, we have a wide assortment of assistive hearing devices and hearing aid products to help you hear better and live life to the fullest.
What Are the Symptoms of Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss often occurs gradually and presents subtle signs and symptoms as the condition progresses. You may notice that you need to turn the volume up on the television or that you no longer hear some sounds like the dripping noise from the faucet. When you're talking to people, they may tell you that you're talking too loudly. You may also find yourself asking others to repeat their words. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms of hearing loss, medical experts recommend that you talk to your doctor. A physician can run diagnostic tests to assess your hearing and recommend the best hearing aid and assistive device solutions to help you address your symptoms.
What Is a Sound Amplifier?
Sound amplifiers are devices that can help you better hear your surroundings. An amplifier is a wearable device that is placed over or inside of the ear. When the amplifier is in place, the device makes sounds louder so that they are easier for you to hear clearly. However, amplifiers do not make up for hearing impairments. They simply increase the volume of the things that you hear. A sound amplifier may be the right solution for you if you have problems hearing only in certain situations, such as when you're talking on the phone or while having conversations in crowded places. Your doctor can help you decide if a sound amplifier is the right solution for you.
Assistive Devices for Use at Home
Not all assistive devices for hearing loss are worn like sound amplifiers. Some devices are designed to replace everyday objects in your home to help you complete certain tasks with greater ease. An amplified telephone can make it easier for you to place and receive telephone calls by increasing the volume of the conversation. You can also find amplified alarm clocks that can rouse you from sleep if you have difficulty hearing the tones from a standard clock
Hearing Aid Care and Maintenance Essentials
If your doctor has recommended that you wear a hearing aid to correct a hearing impairment, you need to care for the device properly to protect your health and ensure that the aid continues to function properly. Experts recommend that hearing aids be cleaned on a daily basis. You can purchase special cleaning kits and tools to make the process easy. You'll also need to replace the batteries in your hearing aid approximately every one to two weeks. Hearing aid batteries come in standard sizes which are generally represented by the pound sign (#) followed by a series of numbers. Consult your owner's manual if you're unsure what size battery your hearing aid requires.