Hearing Loss

Frequently Asked Questions

16. How can a hearing aid help me hear better?

A hearing aid is an electronic, battery-operated device that makes sounds louder to the wearer. Hearing aids come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Some hearing aids fit inside the outer ear or the ear canal, while others fit behind the ear. Unfortunately, only 16 to 17 percent of adults ages 20 to 69 years with hearing loss have used hearing aids, while 25 to 29 percent of adults ages 70 years and older with hearing loss have used hearing aids.