People with impaired hearing may be able to follow conversations fairly well, but with a lot of effort. Even if someone can still make do without a hearing aid, using one can make life a lot easier. High-tech miniaturized hearing aids are marketed aggressively. These devices try to adjust their volume to meet different conditions, but may fail to do so consistently. This leads to frustration as well as great expense, since high-tech hearing aids cost a lot more. A better option for some people may be a larger behind-the-ear model that supplies more volume and the ability to more easily control it. It is possible to purchase hearing aids without an audiologist serving as an intermediary. But audiologists offer more personalized service and can respond more quickly when adjustments and repairs are needed.
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