Hearing Aid & Hearing Loss Blog

Rechargeable Hearing Aids in 2019 [Ultimate Guide]

Wondering if rechargeable hearing aids might be right for you?

You’re not alone.

A recent survey by Consumer Reports indicated that 53% of hearing aid wearers consider rechargeability to be one of the most important features they look[…]

Bluetooth Hearing Aids in 2019 [Ultimate Guide]

You’ve heard of smart TVs, smart speakers, smartphones, but…smart hearing aids?
What makes a hearing aid smart?
It’s simple. A hearing aid’s ability to connect (via Bluetooth) to mobile phones and other devices makes it a smart hearing aid,[…]

Hearing Aid Styles Explained [Pros and Cons]

With all the different hearing aid styles on the market, it can be difficult to know which is best for you.

There are numerous factors to consider, and it is the job of your local hearing provider to help you navigate your options and determine which style will be best.

Lifestyle, budget,[…]

6 Things You Should Know About Earwax

People don’t usually talk much about earwax, but you can find some strange stories about it on the internet. One tells the tale of a man whose ear remained completely blocked by earwax for years until one lucky day when he went for a hike in the mountains. The change[…]

Award Winning Hearing Tech at CES 2019

The proliferation of wireless connectivity, miniature electronics, and artificial intelligence in recent history have been good for people who have hearing loss. Wearable consumer and medical devices are getting a lot of attention these days. Hearing aids and PSAPs (personal sound amplification products) are[…]

Hearable, PSAP or Hearing Aid: What’s the Difference?

Look around in almost any public space, and you will probably notice several people sporting headphones, wireless earbuds, or a Bluetooth headset. Personal audio devices like these are practically obligatory among joggers striding along to music, commuters catching the morning news to pass the time on trains and buses, and[…]

Tinnitus Causes and Treatments

Ringing in the ears, buzzing, humming, chirping, crickets. These are just a few of the words people use to describe their tinnitus. Tinnitus is the sensation of sounds or noises within the ear (not originating outside the body).

Tinnitus is not imaginary! It is very much real, even if it is[…]

How Long do Hearing Aid Batteries Last?

Hearing aid batteries can last as long as 10 days in some hearing aids, but a span of five to seven days is more typical. Battery life depends mainly on the hearing aid power requirements and the size of battery used, so it’s perfectly normal to change batteries every few[…]

5 Tips for Traveling with Hearing Loss

Many people travel as a way to relax or to escape daily life, or even to learn about new cultures. Going to a new place can be an enriching experience, but it can also be stressful. You have to find your way around in unknown environments, and even a small[…]

Echo And Hearing Aids: Why They’re Not Good Friends

If you’ve worn hearing aids for a while, you might have noticed that when you are in an echo-y room, it’s much harder to understand the conversation. Hearing aids tend to amplify echo, so if you’re not aware of what’s happening or how to reduce the echo in the room,[…]

Signal to Noise Ratio – What It Is, and Why You Should Care

Ask any audiologist or hearing aid industry expert and they’ll likely know about the Signal to Noise Ratio. But ask a hearing aid user, and you might just get a blank stare.

As a hearing aid user myself, I enjoy educating others on key hearing loss topics they might not otherwise[…]

Widex Evoke: New Machine Learning Hearing Aids

Denmark-based hearing aid manufacturer, Widex, has recently announced the launch of the new Evoke platform, the first ever to bring advanced real-time machine learning technology to hearing aids. This is exciting news: when it comes to customizing the settings of their hearing aids for specific listening situations, hearing aid[…]

Can Your Hearing Aids do it All?

Hearing aids have come a long way since the bulky devices of decades past. They’re smaller, more discreet, technologically advanced powerhouses whose functionality goes far beyond improving how people hear. Today’s hearing aids significantly enhance the quality of life for those with hearing loss, improving their physical health and mental[…]

Signia Pure Charge&Go Nx Hearing Aids Now Available

Today Signia, one of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers, announced a unique new product, Pure Charge&Go Nx hearing aids.

Taken directly from the press release:

Pure® Charge&Go hearing aids feature Signia’s unique Own Voice Processing (OVP™),[…]

Telecare Transforms Life for Those with Hearing Loss

Consider this scenario: A man in his late 50s is diagnosed with moderate hearing loss and receives hearing aids for the first time. He is delighted to hear sounds he hasn’t heard in years. Within the first couple of days, though, he has difficulty hearing his wife’s voice when they[…]

What are Directional Microphones in Hearing Aids?

The hearing aids I wear have two microphones each, one on the top of the hearing aid, and one at the bottom. It’s very common for the RIC type (Receiver In the Ear) to have two microphones.

On the silver plate, you can see one mic at the top and[…]

OTC Hearing Aids – What You May Be Missing Out On

Last year, the bipartisan over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid bill was signed into law. But it’s not like we’ll immediately see OTC hearing aids in stores; it will take some time for the FDA to write up the regulations that manufacturers have to follow and in turn manufacturers will have to[…]

Hearing Aids That Work with the Apple Watch

When the Apple Watch was launched in 2015, only two hearing aid manufacturers—Resound and Starkey—were offering direct connectivity with their hearing aids. Over the years, more manufacturers have caught up with them. In this article we’ll look at hearing aids that work with the Apple Watch and why you might[…]

How Modern Hearing Aids Make Hearing a Natural Experience

You have probably heard the old stereotypes about hearing aids—they whistle, they make everything too loud, they are noisy. But a less common complaint is that they don’t do their job. In other words, people acknowledge that hearing aids do help people hear the sounds that they couldn’t with hearing[…]

5 Things a First Time Hearing Aid User Should Expect

When I walked into the hearing clinic to purchase my first pair of hearing aids 15 years ago, I didn’t really know what to expect. It had taken me a long time to make the decision of purchasing hearing aids, and I was now looking forward to this technology.

Hearing Aid IP Ratings Explained

For years, I used to be terrified of using my hearing aids anywhere near water. I even developed a weird habit to triple check whether I still have my hearing aids in before I’m stepping into the shower or before diving into a swimming pool. I do it even if[…]

Widex Beyond Z Rechargeable Hearing Aids

On September 11, 2017, Widex announced the Beyond Z Rechargeable, a new hearing aid that is based on their latest generation Beyond. It inherits all the features of the Beyond platform and is also rechargeable. We’re pleased to see that Widex has joined the competition and launched a rechargeable hearing[…]

3 Most Popular Hearing Aid Accessories

Wireless hearing aids are sophisticated devices that can truly improve your quality of life. However, there are situations where you might need to rely on external accessories to communicate effectively. In this article we’re going to take a look at the most popular hearing aid accessories and why they’re useful.


What to Expect at a Hearing Test

Often hearing loss happens gradually, so the brain has enough time to adjust to your hearing changing. That’s why it can be difficult to identify the symptoms of hearing loss. It can sometimes take several years to realize that your hearing has changed and to finally decide to get a[…]

Signia Nx Hearing Aids Coming Soon

On October 18, 2017, hearing technology leader Sivantos announced the new Signia Nx, the latest generation of high-end hearing aids that are expected to begin shipping at the end of November.

Signia Nx OVP (Own Voice Processing)
Signia’s newest hearing aids come[…]

Phonak Audéo B-Direct Made For All Hearing Aid

Phonak, one of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers, has just unveiled a new product that is creating quite a buzz in the hearing aid industry. Phonak has introduced its long-awaited Made For All (MFA) hearing aid, the Audeo B-Direct, which provides[…]

Phonak Introduces Titanium Hearing Aids

Combining the benefits of the latest 3D printing technology and medical grade titanium, the Phonak Titanium is the most revolutionary custom molded hearing aid to hit the market in years.

If you’re one of the 48 million Americans who struggle with hearing[…]

Signia Pure 13 BT Made for iPhone Hearing Aid Coming Soon

We’ve just learned of an exciting new product release from Signia (formerly Siemens). Available May 1, Signia is releasing their first Made for iPhone hearing aid- Pure 13 BT. From the information available thus far, it looks like a pretty interesting product that brings some innovation to this increasingly popular[…]

Unitron Moxi Fit R: Smallest Rechargeable Hearing Aid

Just a quick update to all our subscribers currently wearing Unitron Moxi Fit hearing aids, or perhaps getting ready to jump into the hearing aid market. Canadian-based hearing aid manufacturer Unitron has recently entered the rechargeable hearing aid market with a pretty interesting new product- Moxi Fit R.


Widex BEYOND Made for iPhone Hearing Aid Coming Soon

We’ve just learned some exciting news! At the end of November, Widex is set to release a Made for iPhone hearing aid, called BEYOND. The BEYOND hearing aid will be Widex’s first foray into the Made for iPhone hearing aid category.[…]

Unitron Moxi Now: The Smallest RIC Hearing Aid in the World

Today I’m pleased to announce a brand new, exciting hearing aid to our portfolio of products available nationwide.

In an industry often plagued by look-alike, me-too, copycat products, it’s a breath of fresh air to be introducing the newest hearing aid by Canadian hearing aid manufacturer[…]

3 Fun (Simple) Online Hearing Tests

Not quite ready for a full-fledged hearing test? Why not kill a few minutes and see how you stack up against the internet, by taking a couple quick, extremely rudimentary hearing tests online?

The video “tests” below are all centered around testing high frequency hearing, since for most people, the high[…]

Signia Cellion Hearing Aid Coming Fall 2016

We’ve just learned of an exciting new hearing aid Signia will release in the Fall of 2016. Following Phonak’s announcement earlier this week of their all new Phonak Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aid, we now know that Signia will be releasing a[…]

New Phonak Audéo B and Audéo B-R Hearing Aids

Less than 24 months after Phonak’s launch of the enormously popular Venture platform, Phonak is gearing up to release a new family of hearing aids built on the all new Belong platform. These new hearing aids, available initially in only the RIC style,[…]

5 Things That Will Suprise You About Your New Hearing Aids

Many people have preconceived notions about how hearing aids look, sound, feel, and perform. However, first-time hearing aid wearers are almost always surprised by their new hearing aids in one way or another.

Here are the top 5 things our customers[…]

Widex Unique 440 Review

In my role at ZipHearing, dozens of hearing aids cross my desk each week. Every once in a while, I like to unbox a set and “play” with them. It helps me stay up to date on the technology and capabilities of the[…]

Phonak Audéo V90 vs. Audéo V70

Update June 30, 2016: We’ve just learned that on August 29, 2016, Phonak will be releasing the new and improved version of this hearing aid, the Phonak Audéo B and Phonak Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aids.

At the time of this[…]

The Truth About Hearing Aid Advertising

Do you constantly see full page ads in your local newspapers for hearing aids? Or maybe your local radio station plays that same 15 second hearing aid ad every hour on the hour. Or perhaps you’ve just entered the golden years and are[…]

Hearing Aid Trial Periods

Considering purchasing hearing aids? You’d be wise to familiarize yourself with the terms of hearing aid trial periods before taking the plunge.

If you review a handful of Better Business Bureau profiles for hearing aid providers, you’ll see that many of the disputes[…]

ReSound LiNX2 9 vs. LiNX2 7 vs. LiNX2 5

Last week we announced that we are now offering ReSound hearing aids. We’ve seen a good amount of interest in ReSound hearing aids among our website visitors, so we thought we’d provide a brief outline of some of the main differences between ReSound’s most popular hearing aids- the LiNX2 9,[…]

Widex Hearing Aid Accessories

Widex hearing aids are some of the smartest hearing aids on the market. They can auto adapt to the wearer’s environment, focus on specific voices in a crowd, and over time can even learn the wearer’s listening preferences and adjust themselves![…]

Phonak Audéo vs. Bolero

Update June 30, 2016: We’ve just learned that on August 29, 2016, Phonak will be releasing the new and improved version of the Audéo V hearing aid, the Phonak Audéo B and Phonak Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aids.

In Phonak’s family of Venture hearing aids there are two behind[…]

Private Label Hearing Aids

Many national retailers engage in some form of private labeling of products. Private labeling is often beneficial to consumers because it allows retailers to offer lower cost products as compared to the more well-known national brands. But private labeling and self-branding by retailers doesn’t always work in the consumer’s favor,[…]

Widex Unique Fusion vs. Passion

The Widex Unique line of hearing aids is one of the newest, and currently one of our most popular lines of hearing aids. The Unique family offers a full line of styles, from tiny, custom in-the-ear hearing aids, to large and powerful behind-the-ear aids. Among all these styles, the 2[…]

Siemens Ace Binax Review

With receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids being all the rage, and more and more folks looking for the most discreet hearing aids possible, it’s no wonder the Siemens Ace binax has been such a hit. Siemens bills it as the smallest RIC in their latest line up, but it just[…]

Myths About Buying Hearing Aids Online [Infographic]

In my role at ZipHearing I talk to folks struggling with hearing loss every day. One of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “Should I buy hearing aids online?” My answer is always the same- “If local service from a licensed hearing provider is included in your purchase price, sure!”[…]

Talking Too Loudly or Quietly? Consider a Hearing Test

We all know someone who talks too loudly. Maybe you’re told you talk too loudly. Some may dismiss the loud talking of themselves or others as simply a personality trait. While that may sometimes be true, there is a real chance that that “loud mouth” is actually struggling with hearing[…]

5 Reasons to Consider Buying Unitron Hearing Aids

It’s always been important to me to provide a wide array of hearing aids to our patients. I try to make sure each hearing aid that we deal with offers something slightly different to our patients, so that we (and the hearing providers we work with), can provide each patient[…]

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Hearing Aids

With an average of 12%-18% of hearing aids “in the drawer” (not being used), it’s clear that for one reason or another, many people who purchase hearing aids are not realizing the full benefits they may provide. Among the reasons that so many hearing aids get relegated to the[…]

Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Hearing Aids?

When you buy new hearing aids, they’ll come with a warranty of 1-4 years. Because hearing aids are so expensive, many people consider purchasing extended warranties. Sometimes, this a smart thing to do; other times, it doesn’t make sense.

If you’ve already purchased hearing aids and are wondering how long your[…]

Buying a Hearing Aid: Part 1 of 3

Discovering that you have a hearing loss can be devastating. On top of that, navigating the maze of options available to you is time consuming, requires a great deal of specialized knowledge, and is just flat-out confusing. However, when it comes to buying hearing aids, a bit of due diligence[…]

Widex Announces New Unique Hearing Aids

Today at the annual EUHA in Germany, Widex announced the release of a new family of hearing aids- Widex Unique. It’s been over 2 years since Widex had a major release, so the anticipation for this release was great, thanks in part to a sharp marketing campaign and lots of industry[…]

Buying a Hearing Aid: Part 2 of 3

If you haven’t yet read Part 1 of this series, please go back and read that first. Before we begin Part 2, please open this list of most popular hearing aids in a new window; we’re going to reference it quite a bit throughout this post.


Buying a Hearing Aid: Part 3 of 3

If you haven’t done so already, please read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this post. Once you’ve settled on a few hearing aids you’re interested in, it’s time to find a competitive price and a place to buy them. In this post, we’re going to show[…]

How to Use a Stethoscope with Hearing Aids

Note: We do not sell the stethoscopes listed on this page. Please do not contact us with questions, but feel free to post a comment below.

For medical professionals with hearing loss who regularly auscultate, hearing the vital internal sounds of the body can be quite a challenge. Whether you[…]

Real Ear Measurement [A Quick Introduction]

When you’re getting your hearing aids programmed, one of the questions your hearing provider is going to undoubtedly ask you multiple times is- “now, how does that sound?”

You might respond with, “well it sounds okay, a little sharp I guess,” and your provider will make some adjustments and again[…]

3 Reasons Why You May Not Want Invisible Hearing Aids

In 2011, Starkey Hearing Technologies introduced a new hearing aid style to the market called the “IIC”, which stands for invisible-in-canal. The IIC is a custom fit, 100% invisible hearing aid, that has gained great popularity over the last few years. Now in 2015, all of the top[…]

Most Powerful Invisible Hearing Aids

If you have a moderate to severe hearing loss and would like a hearing aid that can’t be seen, you may find your options somewhat limited. The reason for this is simple- small invisible hearing aids simply aren’t powerful enough to provide the amount of gain (volume) that some moderate[…]

Hearing Aid Financing

With hearing aids typically ranging from $1500 to $3500 for one unit, and needing replacement every 4-7 years, many folks consider hearing aid financing to help alleviate the financial burden. Even if a one-time payment of $3000 to $7000 (for a set of hearing aids) is manageable, many patients choose[…]

Hearing Aids and Health Insurance

With the cost of hearing aids being so high, many people look to their health insurance to cover part of the costs. Unfortunately, the vast majority of health insurance providers offer little to no coverage for hearing aids. In my experience, it’s the lucky few (less than 5% of patients),[…]


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