PSAPs are intended for non-hearingimpaired consumers to amplify sounds in the environment for a number of reasons, such as for recreational activities.
What are PSAPs used for?
PSAPs are intended to be used by people with normal hearing who want to amplify sounds in certain environments, such as to watch television without disturbing other people nearby, or bird watching.
PSAPs may help people hear things that are at low volume or at a distance, but they should not be mistaken for, or used as substitutes for, approved hearing aids as they are not designed to help a person manage their hearing loss.
Are there potential risks in wearing a PSAP?
Consumers should only purchase a PSAP if they have been assessed by a qualified hearing practitioner as not having hearing loss. A person who chooses to wear a PSAP because they are having difficulty hearing, may actually be causing themselves harm by over-amplifying sounds which
they may already hear and by delaying the diagnosis and proper treatment of the underlying reason for their hearing loss. Some reports suggest caution be exercised in fitting any amplification device because of the potential for noise-induced hearing loss.