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The secret behind what makes an exceptional hearing aid lies in how well it has been calibrated. Indeed, even a low-end hearing aid can outperform a high-end one, if the former is calibrated correctly whilst the latter isn’t. Yet, if a top of the range hearing aid is calibrated well, then the results from this optimal combination can truly be transformational and life-changing for individuals with hearing loss.
The most common symptoms of hearing loss include struggling to hear others in background noise, in groups, and habitually turning up the television volume far past what is socially acceptable. The main reason behind this is not due to the voices being undetectable for individuals with hearing loss, but rather, there is an issue with the overall perceived clarity- and it appears as though others are not beginning or ending their words properly.
When these symptoms are left untreated, or not treated well enough- it can have a devastating impact on the overall health well-being of individuals affected, such that the negative consequences of ignoring this otherwise prevalent health condition have been well documented, with the latest research clearly indicating a relationship between untreated hearing loss and an increased risk of dementia diagnosis in later life.
For this reason, it is imperative to know what a well calibrated hearing aid entails- since its opposite is perhaps inadvertently widely recognised (i.e., hearing aids that whistle all the time, loud sounds are yet intolerable, the T.V volume remains high, still struggling to maintain conversations in background noise etc.). A well calibrated hearing aid is one that has been put through a rigorous process of adjustment, as can be highlighted by the following three tiers of hearing aid calibration: