An audiogram is graph that displays the results of a pure-tone hearing test and illustrates the type, degree, and configuration of hearing loss. While these tests are helpful in diagnosing the severity of hearing loss, an audiogram may not be as critical to help people with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss as once thought. Advancements in hearing aid technology have created pathways that allow people to obtain quality hearing aids without the hassle of a hearing test.
When you consider that nearly 40 million people in this country need hearing aids and less than one-fifth of them actually purchase them, the thought of a hearing test can’t be the only thing holding them back. Perhaps it is the cost of hearing aids. In today’s economy, paying roughly $3,000 for one hearing aid that may only provide a few years of benefit can scare off many.
Hearing Loss Tends to Follow a Pattern
Most people with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss have similar problems: they experience more hearing loss for high-frequency sounds than for low-frequency sounds. This means that they can hear most vowel sounds but miss the important consonant sounds. The result is they can hear that people are talking, but miss many of the words in the conversation.
Since most of these people’s hearing loss is similar in nature, it is practical and less expensive to provide a standard hearing instrument that allows for the user to have some control over the way the hearing device responds to sounds.
A Simpler, More Affordable Way
Instead of requiring an audiogram, Elevated Hearing establishes a standard hearing aid response in a RIC style hearing aid that is adequate for nearly all mild to moderate high-frequency hearing losses. Most people with this type of hearing loss prefer a hearing aid that sounds acceptable and offers the proper amount of amplification. Users of our eRITE hearing aid can control the sound by changing the coupling method used for fitting. Coupling is accomplished using ear tips of different sizes and degrees of occlusion in the ear. Acoustic analyses have shown that the effects of coupling are dramatic for hearing aid technology. When the ability to change the overall gain with a volume control is added, the hearing aid user has a more effective control of the sound entering their ear.
Learn how the eRITE hearing aid is helping people hear clearer without hearing tests or breaking the bank!