Hearing aids are small electronic devices worn in or behind the ear that amplify sounds in order to better listen, communicate with others, and engage in daily life more fully. Some devices amplify high-pitched consonant sounds more so than lower pitches or use multiple microphone technology to enhance sound clarity in noisy environments.
While some people are born with limited or no hearing capabilities, hearing loss commonly happens later in life. It can result from abnormal growths or wax buildup in your ears, damage to your inner ears related to aging or loud noise exposure, ear infections, or a ruptured eardrum, caused by factors such as sudden changes in pressure or injury.
If you are experiencing signs of hearing loss, you may benefit from a hearing aid. Signs of hearing loss may include:
Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears that isn’t there. It’s common, affecting about 1 in 5 people. It isn’t a condition itself, but a symptom of another condition, such as hearing loss related to aging, ear injury, or a circulation disorder.
Treatment for tinnitus varies, depending on the cause. Possible options include changing a medication causing symptoms, removing earwax, and treating any underlying condition, such as blood vessel problems. In some cases, devices can help suppress the bothersome sounds. Hearing aids may be particularly helpful if you have tinnitus along with hearing loss.