Is Hearing Aids one kind of Personal Sound Amplification Products?

Is Hearing Aids one kind of Personal Sound Amplification Products?


In this digital day and age, many people with hearing loss are torn between buying what is essentially advised by the experts or looking for what is most affordable in the market.

Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) get a bad rap because of what the FDA has released in 2009, but according to many manufacturers of these kinds of devices, there are several benefits people may get from them.


  • All PSAPs are not created equal and because of this, PSAPs that people with hearing loss or difficulty should use those with extra amplification between 1000 to 2000 Hz, the normal range for conversation.
  • Simple and easy to use and there is no need to adjust. Most PSAPs can be used by simply adding batteries. Better yet, there are guides and easy-to-follow DVD.
  • Durable product and excellent quality of technology make the PSAP an excellent device for anyone, especially people with hearing loss, to experience.
  • Invisible to the naked eye of most people who don’t know you are particularly suffering from hearing loss. It uses the ‘open ear’ technology that allows the product to be comfortable and less intrusive to use.

How to determine if PSAP is for you?

If you are an individual who has never consulted a specialist or ear doctor and has been showing the following signs:

  • You encounter people telling you to lower the sound of your TV or radio because it is too loud
  • You keep on asking people to repeat what they have just said
  • You hear people talking but unable to understand a word they are saying
  • You have difficulties talking and hearing people on the telephone
  • You talk louder than necessary

Once you determine what these signs actually mean you are having difficulty in hearing and admitting it to yourself, then it is the best time to check out PSAPs to help turn on the volume for you.


What is a PSAP?

First of all, PSAP is never to be considered as a hearing device. Hearing aids should be obtained from audiologists after several tests and fitting customization for appointments.

Now, this is where PSAPs come in. While most people with hearing loss use hearing aids, PSAP is known to give people with hearing boost by increasing the volume. A PSAP can accurately amplify the sounds being transmitted to the ear. What more, they are basically more affordable than most hearing aids.

It can be powered easily by batteries, small and extremely lightweight which can be discreetly hidden at the back of your ear. It will not only boost your hearing but also your confidence because you will be the only to know that you are suffering from hearing loss.


If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure that you get a hearing aid prescription. Also note that the programs on these devices may be modified, but ask your ENT doctor first before making any changes. We are specialist of hearing test and assessment and provide hearing aid prescription.





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