Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one. A hearing aid has three basic parts: a microphone, amplifier, and speaker. The hearing aid receives sound through a microphone, which converts the sound waves to electrical signals and sends them to an amplifier. The amplifier increases the power of the signals and then sends them to the ear through a speaker.
How can hearing aids help?
How can I find out if I need a hearing aid?
Are there different styles of hearing aids?
Do all hearing aids work the same way?
Which hearing aid will work best for me?
What questions should I ask before buying a hearing aid?
How can I adjust to my hearing aid?
How can I care for my hearing aid?
Are new types of aids available?
Can I obtain financial assistance for a hearing aid?
What research is being done on hearing aids?