Questions About Hearing Aids
Hey everyone! Welcome back! Recently I got a few questions on hearing aids that I thought I’d share with you guys. So here we are with questions on hearing aids part 2! Ready? Let’s get started! First question: How do your hearing aids work? So the way it works is that sound enters these two little microphones, right at the top. I’m not so sure if you can see them that well in this video…
But sound enters the two little microphones, and it gets amplified. Once it’s amplified, it goes into this small clear tube right here. And into the earmold tube and then BOOM! Right into my ear. Next question: Can you adjust the volume on your hearing aids? Yes, you can! Usually, hearing aids have little volume controllers where you can turn the volume up or down. I’m not sure about all hearing aids, but mine have always had volume controllers. Next question: Why don’t all Deaf people wear hearing aids? Well for starters.
We don’t have to wear them if we don’t want to. Getting or wearing hearing aids is entirely up to the person who is Deaf/HoH. I mean like right now, I’m wearing my hearing aids, but I have some days where I choose not to wear them. It’s optional. Another thing to keep in mind is that hearing aids don’t work for everyone with a hearing loss. We all have different levels of hearing loss. Also, there are about four different types of hearing loss. I believe there is, Auditory Processing Disorder; there is a Conductive hearing loss, Sensorineural hearing loss, and Mixed hearing loss which is a combination of the last two. I’m not going to get too specific about each of those hearing losses, because I’m not an audiologist. But I am going to explain this the best I can. Okay, I’m about to get a little Bill Nye on you guys. Are you ready? Okay! The nerves in our ears, send the brain a crapload of information when it receives sound.
And that information is not just volume. And by volume, I mean how loud or quiet something is. One of the other things that our nerves send to our brain is information so we can understand speech. Now hearing aids are tiny microphones that help amplify sounds somebody might not be able to hear. And at times it might help somebody hear the speech, and hear somebody talking, but they won’t help the person understand speech. That’s a whole ‘another story. That’s why when somebody covers their mouth when they’re talking, or when they turn around to talk, I won’t have any idea what’s being said. Because even when I wear hearing aids, my hearing aids will only notify me that somebody is saying something. They won’t help me understand what is being said.
Question: What bothers you most about hearing aids? That is an excellent question. What bothers me most about my hearing aids is that people tend to assume that I can hear them crystal clear with them in. I can’t. Now personally, I have a severe/profound hearing loss. My hearing aids only help me pick up ambient sounds. So that means that when it comes to listening to somebody talk on the radio, or me talking to anybody, if there are no captions or if I can’t lip read, it just all sounds like muffled gibberish.
Like that. So even though I wear hearing aids does not mean I can understand you 100%. Last question: What do you like about them? What I love about them is that they help me hear certain sounds I usually don’t listen. But you know the real selling point of hearing aids is the fact that I can turn them off when you don’t want to hear to someone. I do it all the time. Alright guy’s, that’s it for this video! I do have a couple of other questions though that I didn’t answer, so there will be a part 3. That being said, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, or add me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. And as always if anyone has any questions about hearing aids or about anything, feel free to leave them in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to check them out. Alright everybody, stay cool, and I’ll see you all later! (weird gibberish sounds) That’s what hearing people sound like to me.