Which Hearing Aids Are The Right Choice For You?
With so many different hearing aid styles and options on the market today, your choices are almost endless. But…while choosing the correct hearing aid will improve your life by a huge degree…choosing the wrong aids could actually make your hearing loss worse!
By reviewing your test results and discussing your lifestyle and budget, your hearing specialist will be able to fit, program, and adjust your hearing aids to ensure that they are functioning to the absolute best of their ability.
With options such as in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, Bluetooth, extended wear, rechargeable…now is the time to contact us for a comprehensive hearing evaluation and let us help you find the BEST solution for your hearing loss.
Choosing Hearing Aids
But how do they work?
Digital hearing aids collect sound by utilizing a very small microphone. Then, the onboard computer chip analyzes those sounds and makes adjustments based on your hearing loss. Once that is complete, the miniature speakers feed the sound to your ears.
Which hearing aid is the best option for you? Well, that depends on several factors: your comfort level with technology, your lifestyle, how severe your hearing loss is, etc.
In addition to a comprehensive hearing evaluation, we will have a conversation with you to help us determine the type of hearing loss you have. Some of the questions will be about when and how your hearing loss started, and if you’ve noticed any dizziness or tinnitus.
All of these questions and results combine to provide our experts with an overall picture of your individual hearing loss, and they can recommend hearing aids based on this. Since there are literally hundreds if not thousands of hearing aids to choose from, our staff will make sure they have all of the information necessary to help narrow the choices, and give you the best recommendation on what you actually need.
But in the end, YOU are the one that will make the final decision as to which hearing aid you want to purchase.
Fitting hearing aids means so much more than JUST making sure they feel good in your ear. We will also explain and demonstrate how to clean your devices, how to change the batteries, and how to insert and remove the hearing aids on your own. We will also go over all of the functions of your new hearing aids, so that you can make sure you are getting the most benefit from wearing them in all aspects of your life.
Going Digital: Modern Age Hearing Aids
If your home is the only place that you’re going to be wearing your hearing aids, then extra features might not be the right choice for you. If, however, you plan on using them in the car, at a restaurant, at a concert or sporting event, or to stream music or videos…then you might want to consider a digital hearing aid with more advanced features.
Either way, you will get more benefit and more engagement in all areas of your life if you are using your hearing aids regularly and consistently.
But what about the cost?
There is no “one size fits all” option for hearing aids, because every person’s lifestyle and hearing loss are completely different. If you live in a secluded cabin and never use a phone, television, or radio…then it doesn’t make sense to go for a high end model with many features.
However, if you enjoy socializing, watching television, talking on the phone, or streaming music, then you will probably be using your hearing aids for 12 to 16 hours a day. In that case, you want to make sure that you’ve got the correct hearing aids for YOUR needs. One thing to keep in mind is this: hearing aids aren’t a vanity purchase. They are an investment towards your hearing health, and overall quality of life.
Cost vs. Value
There is a big difference between cost and value. Get a piece of paper and write down some situations where hearing more clearly would be a benefit to you, where it might actually help you enjoy life more. Look at that paper and try to calculate what it would be worth to be an active part of those moments, and THAT is the value of hearing aids.
How do they come up with the pricing?
Just like any other advanced technology, hearing aid pricing is determined by function and features, with more features and higher performance costing more. A pair of hearing aids that are almost-invisible and work well in many different situations will definitely cost more than cheap imitations, but they will also outperform them greatly.
All hearing aids feature a trial-period, typically 30 days from the day you purchase. During this trial you are encouraged to come see us about any fitting issues. And at the end of the trial, if you aren’t happy with the hearing aids, then you can return them and only pay a small restocking/fitting fee.
What about Insurance?
Hearing aids are typically not covered by health insurance companies, with a few exceptions. For eligible people ages 21 and under, Medicaid will pay for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, including hearing aids, under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) service. Additionally, children might be covered by their state’s early intervention program or State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Medicare does not cover hearing aids for adults, but diagnostic evaluations are covered if they are ordered by a physician. Since Medicare has declared the bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) a prosthetic device and not a hearing aid, Medicare will cover the BAHA if other coverage policies are met