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Assistive Listening Device or Hearing Aid?

The following guide gives you an idea of ​​their significant differences.

Many people confuse a hearing aid with an assistive listening device, or ALD because both terms are used for each other. However, there are some critical differences between them. An audiologist will tell you which one you need and why. However, the following guide gives you an idea of ​​their significant differences.

Fundamental Differences

If you see a hearing aid next to ALD, you will instantly discern some differences. Most types of hearing aids are smaller, and the user wears them around or behind the ear. However, some ALDs may contain some clumsy components, such as a microphone unit and headphones or cables, which can make them less comfortable than hearing aids. But usually, people use an ALD only to amplify the sound. However, you can adjust your hearing aids to emphasize certain tones and reduce other background noises.


Assistive listening equipment is often used in certain situations, or attached to other devices, including a hearing aid. Many people who use ALDs may not need hearing aids. However, hearing aids have a more advanced and sensitive system designed for long-term use. Neither one is better, but one of these sound amplifiers may be a better fit for your needs.

Bay Area Audiology Can Get a Device that Works for You!

Ready to change the way you look at hearing loss?  Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology, and is dedicated to providing the absolute best solutions.  Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment, with thorough evaluations.  We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.

You can always come into the office, or contact us in advance to set up an appointment.  We also provide updates on our social media websites.  You can check out our Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest to keep up with Bay Area Audiology.

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