Hearing Aids come in a wide range of styles, colours and prices. Most medical aids contribute to the cost of hearing aid amplification. The choice of hearing aids is dependent on each individual’s needs, expectations, hearing loss and budget. A hearing aid can amplify sound. Technology has improved in leaps and bounds over the years and we can now expect a great deal more from hearing aids. Hearing aids today are moving closer to incorporating brain function.

Reconnect supplies all types of hearing aids from various international suppliers including those listed below.

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Most hearing aids are able to adjust the sound amplified based on the sound coming in so if it is a soft sound coming in, it will be amplified more than a moderate or a loud sound. Depending on where the hearing loss is, the hearing aid can be programmed to provide more high frequency amplification and less low frequency amplification. It can detect a sudden noise and compress that sound in order for it not to be too shocking and it can identify and reduce continuous background noise. It can differentiate, to an extent, the difference between a speech signal and a noise signal. Hearing aids can be set to deal differently with music than with speech or noise.  They can be connected via various forms of technology to the TV, cell phone or landline to improve communication through these devices. However, none of these replace brain function and while the hearing aid is an important step in the process to rehabilitating communication difficulties, what you do next is just as important.

A hearing aid has no value without the added benefit of aural rehabilitation. It is like fitting a person who has lost a limb with a prosthetic device and failing to teach them how to use it.

This will include adopting new communication strategies, participating in an aural rehabilitation programme, having patience to allow your brain time to adjust to change, persevere when things seem difficult, realise that you can’t run the Comrades if you only train for 15 minutes a day and being honest about the benefits you experience.  If the only thing that you dislike about amplification is the sound of your feet on the tiles, well then that’s not really a significant difficulty, particularly if you are not asking for repetition as much, the television is now turned lower and you are able to participate in conversation around you without putting your foot in it.

You know it’s very difficult to be an actor, and to have people depending on you to say the right line, at the right time, and to not be able to hear your cues! I can’t tell you how many times I would’ve had to have said What? if I didn’t have my hearing aids. So my hearing aids have allowed me to practice my craft. Actor Leslie Nielsen

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