Hearing Aids are Superior to Personal Sound Amplifiers

Hearing Aids are Superior to Personal Sound Amplifiers

Personal sound amplifiers (PSA) have been a widely available alternative to obtaining hearing aids. The major difference between PSAs and hearing aids is that PSAs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration as medical devices. This means that no formal medical diagnosis is required in order to obtain PSAs and they can even be purchased over electronic media and over the counter at any medical store. However, even though PSAs are widely available and require less stringency in order to acquire them, medical professionals favor hearing aids.

Hearing aids are basically miniscule computers that are specifically programmed to suit your unique hearing needs. These devices use modern technology to distinguish important sounds from background noises and can adjust the sound amplification accordingly. A PSA on the other hand can only amplify all sounds and has no ability to distinguish between the sounds that are important as opposed to background noise.

PSAs are often marketed as an alternative to hearing aids, but since they lack the medical stringency required to rectify hearing, using PSAs should only be limited to recreational use. PSAs are not customized for each individual user the way in which hearing aids are, and are uncomfortable to wear for the entire day. The fittings of hearing aids are far more superior and comfortable since they are customized for each user.