Are PSAPs just cheaper hearing aids?

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You may have seen personal sound amplification products, also referred to as PSAPs. These devices are sold ...
You may have seen personal sound amplification products, also referred to as PSAPs. These devices are sold by retailers online rather than through an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. Personal sound amplifiers (PSAPs) are not specifically labeled for hearing loss treatment and are not recommended by audiologists because of the fact that they amplify all sounds rather than the ones you want to hear. The differences between PSAPs and hearing aids has led to some confusion about how to distinguish one from the other. Real, audiologist-recommended hearing aids are highly sophisticated pieces of technology. They are made up of microchip technology that is able to increase the clarity of the sounds around you, rather than just making them louder. PSAPs do not have the same amount of features as hearing aids, such as the ability to distinguish speech from background noise, resulting in a medley on conflicting sounds all being amplified at once. If you take hearing aids for a spin around a restaurant or movie theater, you will find that the modern digital models have selective sound cancelling capabilities. Your hearing professional will fit the hearing aid to your ear to make for the most natural look possible, while also fine-tuning to the frequency level that your have more difficulty hearing. This personalized touch, in combination with the other premium features, is extremely valuable and will make a world of difference once you start incorporating hearing aids into your everyday life. Transcript: “Hi I’m Dr. Parrish, and this is Fact or Fiction with SayWhat. Today’s topic is: ‘Personal sound amplifiers are just as good as traditional hearing aids – fact or fiction? Fiction. Personal sound amplifiers, while they may look like a hearing aid and have some of the same features as a hearing aid, they only help to make all sounds louder, whereas a hearing aid is able to be customized specifically for your hearing needs. Visit us at "saywhathearing" dot com