Hearing Aids Device
Hearing aids have come a long way since the technology of your grandparents’ pair of devices!
They can be very small and discreet and have the ability to clean up the signal as much as possible to allow for better communication. They focus now on providing better sound quality in all environments, easier controls, and faster processing. There are two different kinds of hearing aids, analog and digital. Most modern hearing aid technologies are digital which allows for the better sound quality and faster processing, which in turn, allows for more features. There are about 20 hearing aid manufacturers, with about 6 in the leading field. In our practice, we stick with the 5 major manufacturers that are in the lead, as far as technology, sound quality, and comfort. Some hearing devices can even communicate directly with your smart phone! Click here to read about ReSound Hearing
I have been diagnosed with a hearing loss and feel I need hearing aids, what do I do now?
Schedule an appointment to come in for a hearing aid evaluation. It is at no charge to you and Dr. Land, our Audiologist, will go over all of your options, including style, manufacturers, and cost. At this appointment, we recommend you bring a family member, such as your spouse, to go through the consultation with you. Hearing aids are a process, and we are here to work with you as much as we can to help with the adjustment period. Whatever your decision may be, we will be here when the time is right for you.
How much do they cost?
Hearing aids vary in their cost based on their technology level, features, and, sometimes, size. Speak with our audiologist about your options and she can give you an honest opinion on which technology would best suite your lifestyle. We make the patient our primary concern and will never make you feel pressured into a hearing aid you don’t need.
What do they look like?
Hearing aids also vary in their size. Sometimes this is based on the degree of hearing loss. For the most part, they have become very discreet and small to fit every patient’s needs. There are many styles of hearing aids, including Behind-the-Ear, Receiver-in-Canal, In-the-Ear, Completely-in-the-canal, and Invisible-in-Canal. Every style is not for everybody, it is based on the degree of hearing loss, the ear canal, and patient preference. Your audiologist can help with this decision.
Does insurance cover hearing aids?
At this time, Medicare does not contribute towards hearing aids. There are select insurance companies that provide hearing aid benefits to patients, although there is usually an out-of-pocket cost either way. For the most part, hearing aids are an out-of-pocket expense. Check with your insurance company for Hearing Aid Benefits. If you do have benefits, we will be happy to help you with the claim process.
With so many options out there, how do I know what’s best for me?
Your hearing loss is specific to you, just like your fingerprints. A person could have your exact audiogram (hearing test results) but have very different hearing needs than you do. We don’t hear with our ears, we hear with our brain. Your audiologist can make appropriate recommendations based on your hearing loss, lifestyle, social needs, and financial concerns, among others.