Question: I’ve heard that hearing aids are just amplifiers which turn up volume. Isn’t that true?
Answer: A hearing aid is so much more than just an amplifier. Think of a hearing aid as a sophisticated sound filter that makes soft sounds audible and more easily understood while keeping moderate and loud sounds within comfort.
The electronics are much like an equalizer or piano keyboard with sound that can be manipulated by the Audiologist to increase only the pitches where there is loss. Microphones on the devices are constantly monitoring the noise level of the environment and adjusting automatically to allow for your speech understanding.
Hearing aids may also connect to your cell phone which enables better hearing on the phone as well as the volume or pitch adjustment that you need in specific places.