Main differences between Hearing Aids and PSAPs

Find more about the difference between hearing aids and personal sound amplifiers
Last update on Jun, 11, 2019

Today we frequently we hear about sound amplifiers. But what are the differences between them and hearing aids?

How profound is your Hearing Loss?

The difference between sound amplifiers and hearing aids lies in the nature of the help that these devices are able to provide to the hearing of those who use them and the presence of a health figure that deals specifically with accompanying the person throughout the journey of hearing rehabilitation. In order to solve the daily difficulties related to hearing loss and to identify a solution that can provide the right support, it is necessary to take into account different aspects:

  • Lifestyle, daily habits, family, work and social life, interests of the person suffering from hearing loss.
  • Hearing is almost like a fingerprint, it is unique and personal as our fingerprints and our DNA are unique. There is a variety of almost infinite sounds that everyone feels and feels in their own way, different from how others can feel them. In this sense, the result of the hearing test will always be different for each individual person.

Hearing Technology and Healthcare

Hence the first difference between hearing aids and sound amplifiers: the technology inside the hearing aids allows them to be customized based on the hearing tests performed, the lifestyle of the person to whom they are applied and its specifications needs, amplifying only what the person needs to feel better. They can also be used continuously throughout the day.

Conversely, sound amplifiers are standard devices that are preset and ready to use, which amplify all sounds in the same way and to the same extent; they are intended for non-continuous use (ie not more than 60 consecutive minutes).

The second difference between hearing aids and sound amplifiers concerns the obligatory healthcare provision of the hearing care professional, an expert with a three-year degree in Hearing Techniques or an equivalent degree. Thanks to the technological, audiological and relational skills acquired during his training, the hearing aid specialist is able to provide advice aimed at advising the correct type of hearing aids and personalizing the acoustic solution to ensure the achievement of the result, accompanying the person throughout the hearing path.

Hearing aids should be applied by the hearing care professional. On the contrary, sound amplifiers, being standard preset devices and not adjustable, are sold without any customisation and without the assistance of the hearing care professional.


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