The history of hearing aids
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The history of hearing aids

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Dunn Audiology is here to provide the support and services necessary to deal with hearing loss. Unfortunately, individuals have suffered with hearing loss since the beginning of time. The evolution of hearing aids has been quite remarkable.

Created in the 17th century, the first hearing aid was an ear trumpet. They were produced in many different shapes and sizes; made from sheet iron, silver, wood, snail shells, and even animal horns. Some people chose to conceal their hearing loss; so ear trumpets were hidden in fans, integrated into walking sticks, and camouflaged as diamond-encrusted pieces of jewellery. The movement towards modern hearing aids began with the creation of the telephone, and the first electric hearing aid was produced in 1898.

By the late 20th century, digital hearing aids were distributed to the public commercially. Some of the first hearing aids were external, and had to be worn on the patient’s body with wires connecting to devices on the ears. The invention of the carbon microphone, transmitters, digital signal processing (DSP) chips, and the advancements in modern day technology have helped transform hearing aids over the years, to the incredible devices you see today! There are multiple hearing aid styles that go completely in the ear, or can go behind the ear. Hearing aids can also be programmed based on each unique hearing loss and patient lifestyle. There are Bluetooth compatible devices for cell phones, and even smartphone apps that help control the hearing aid. They can also be programmed to be as automatic as the patient wants, if you want to just put the hearing aids in your ears and go on with your day.

If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, visit Dunn Audiology. After an initial hearing evaluation, they can determine if you require a listening device; and they offer a variety of styles, from all manufacturers. For more information, visit their website.

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