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How do hearing aids help deaf people?

Question

If a person has damaged hearing from loud noise or old age, I’ve heard that this type of hearing loss is irreversible. After a certain point it seems like there is only so much a hearing aid can do. When someone is considered legally deaf and they are barely capable of understanding everyday conversation, how can a hearing aid help them?

Answer

You are right, if someone has no hearing at all then a hearing aid cannot help. This is the same as a blind person wearing spectacles. Most hearing losses (but not all) are indeed permanent and irreversible. There are a range of solutions for people with very poor hearing so if there is some hearing left then usually something can be done. If there is no hearing left then there are also many things that can be done to make life easier such as lip reading classes, sign language and a multitude of accessories for use around the home. In some cases a “hearing dog” is used. At YourHearing we provide information etc for people who are considering hearing aids. In the first instance, a hearing test should performed. We can arrange this. If it is found that the person has no hearing then the hearing aid audiologist can put them in touch with local organizations who can help.

Author: Paul Harrison

Date: Tuesday 26th February, 2013

Published in: Hearing Aid Questions

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