Hearing Aid & Hearing Loss Blog

Guide to Waterproof (Water-Resistant) Hearing Aids

Searching for waterproof or water-resistant hearing aids? Smart thinking!

Hearing aids designed to protect against moisture, sweat, and dust make it possible to hear better when it matters to you, rain or shine.

If you are looking for hearing aids that[…]

How to Find a Good Hearing Provider

Ask any experienced hearing aid wearer and they’re likely to agree-

Finding a good hearing provider is the single most important part of the hearing aid buying process.

Find a good audiologist or hearing aid dispenser, and your investment in hearing aids has the potential to be one of the most life[…]

Best Hearing Aids of 2020 (so far)

At any given time, there are hundreds, if not thousands of hearing aids on the market.

There’s also no shortage of “best of” lists, which purport to help consumers make unbiased decisions about which hearing aids are best.

The problem[…]

Types of Hearing Loss

If you’re seeking help for hearing problems, it’s important to first understand the type of hearing loss that you have.

Until you are certain of the type of hearing loss you have, it’s impossible to determine the appropriate treatment option.

If you’re not sure what type of hearing loss you have, get[…]

Common Causes of Hearing Loss

There are many possible causes of hearing loss, and different types of hearing loss have different causes.

There are generally two types of hearing loss: sensorineural and conductive.

Sensorineural is by far the most common type of hearing loss, and is the type of hearing loss that over 90% of[…]

Conductive Hearing Loss [Causes, Symptoms, Treatment Options]

About 15% of adults in the United States report that they have trouble hearing.

Over 90% of those individuals have what is called sensorineural hearing loss, or, what most people think of as “normal” hearing loss, usually due to aging or a lifetime of exposure to loud noises.

Much less[…]

Complete Guide to Getting a Hearing Test

 
About 30% of adults have hearing loss by age 59. Half experience hearing difficulties by age 69.

The exact statistics vary based on the source, but it’s clear that your chance of having a significant hearing problem[…]

Sudden Hearing Loss [Causes & Treatment]

If you have experienced a sudden hearing loss, call an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor’s office immediately!

Tell the physician’s office that you’ve experienced a sudden hearing loss. They will schedule you to be seen right away.

A sudden hearing loss is an otologic (ENT) emergency!
What is Sudden Hearing Loss?
Sudden hearing loss[…]

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss [Causes, Symptoms, Treatment]

 
Noise-induced hearing loss is becoming a serious problem in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 24 percent of adults have noise-induced hearing loss by age 60.

Even more alarming, one study of teenagers found that around 16[…]

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[…]

Sensorineural Hearing Loss [Causes, Symptoms, Treatment]

It is estimated that 15% of American adults (37.5 million) report some trouble hearing.

Of these 37.5 million individuals, over 90% have what is called sensorineural hearing loss.

This makes sensorineural hearing loss the most prevalent type of hearing loss, by a long shot.

Sensorineural hearing loss has unique causes, symptoms,[…]

High Frequency Hearing Loss

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged over 18 report some trouble hearing.

The vast majority of these individuals have what is called high frequency hearing loss.

High frequency hearing loss has various symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

In this post we’ll review everything you might want to know about high[…]

Low Frequency Hearing Loss

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.
The vast majority of these individuals have what is called high frequency hearing loss.
Less common is what is called low frequency hearing loss.
According to hearing researcher Dr. Charles Berlin, there are only a[…]

Beltone Hearing Aids [A Quick Overview]

The Beltone name is as close to a household name in the hearing aid industry as any brand is.

With over 1500 locations in the United States, Beltone is one of the industry’s undisputed leaders in name recognition.

But are[…]

Miracle Ear Hearing Aids [2019 Review]

They’re one of the best known hearing aid brands in the world, and as the name implies, you’d expect Miracle Ear hearing aids to be nothing short of miraculous.

But are they?

How about their prices? Are they reliable? What[…]

Hearing Aid Financing [Options, Interest Rates, Calculator]

With hearing aids typically ranging from $1500-$3500 each, many folks consider hearing aid financing to help make the expense more manageable.

Even if a lump sum payment for your hearing aids is manageable, many consumers choose to finance hearing[…]

Rechargeable Hearing Aids in 2020 [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[…]

Best Cell Phones for Hearing Aids

What are the best cell phones for hearing aids?

To answer this question, you have to first determine how you want your hearing aids and cell phone to interface.

Choose the option below which sounds most ideal to[…]

What is the Most Powerful Hearing Aid?

In the United States, 3.4% of people with hearing loss have severe-to-profound hearing loss.

For these individuals who are not candidates for cochlear implants, high-powered hearing aids are often the only treatment option.

These high-powered hearing aids are always made in the BTE (behind-the-ear) style, simply because the larger size[…]

Bluetooth Hearing Aids in 2020 [Ultimate Guide]

You’ve heard of smart TVs, smart speakers, smartphones, but…smart hearing aids?
Yes!
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,[…]

Costco Hearing Aids [What You Need to Know]

In the hearing aid industry, there may not be another 3 words as polarizing as “Costco hearing aids.”

If you’re considering buying hearing aids from Costco, we strongly recommend reading this post.

Before you take the advice of either a happy[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

Do Hearing Aid Reviews Matter?

Each month, there are close to 50,000 Google searches for some variation of the term “hearing aid reviews.”

Clearly, a lot of people are interested in reading about particular hearing aids (and their associated user reviews) before purchasing them.

But just how useful are hearing aid reviews?

Like many other electronic devices, someone[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.
After[…]

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.

3[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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

 
It’s embarrassing when people tell you that you’re speaking too loudly or quietly.

You don’t want to be a rude loudmouth in a restaurant.

At the same time, you need to project your voice so that other people can hear you.

If you’re getting[…]

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[…]

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.

”PART[…

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[…]

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 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),[…]

Flying With Hearing Aids

I recently returned from a vacation that involved quite a few flights, and on the final leg of my trip, I couldn’t help but notice the lady in front of me wearing a set of Oticon hearing aids. It got me thinking- what do people do with hearing aids while[…]

Frequency Lowering in Hearing Aids

If you have a hearing loss, there is a good chance the majority of your loss is in the high frequencies. With this type of a hearing loss, it is typically very difficult to hear words clearly and it often sounds like people are mumbling. If you’ve already had[…]

Invisible Hearing Aids That Work With Remote Controls

There are many benefits to invisible hearing aids: they are cosmetically acceptable for those who want discretion, their deep placement in the ear canal allows for the ear to funnel sounds naturally, they are great at reducing wind noise, and rarely cause feedback (whistling) when talking on the phone. However,[…]

Sam’s Club Hearing Aids

Updated: Jun 26, 2016

If you’ve been to your local Sam’s Club recently, you may have noticed a hearing aid center next to the electronics department offering free hearing tests. Usually conducted by a hearing aid dispenser, that free hearing test will[…]

Will Hearing Aids Make My Hearing Worse?

If you’re considering buying hearing aids, you may be wondering, “will hearing aids make my hearing worse?” It’s a valid question, and like so many questions relating to hearing aids and hearing loss, the answer is “maybe” or “it depends.” In short, if you are wearing properly fitted hearing aids[…]

What Are Hearing Aid “Programs” or “Memories?”

If you’re in the market for hearing aids, and especially if you’ve already seen a hearing provider, you’ve probably heard of hearing aid “programs” or “memories” by now. In this post I’ll be using those two terms interchangeably, but they are the same thing. As a hearing aid wearer, programs[…]

Who Owns Who in the Hearing Aid World?

As a consumer, navigating the maze of options in the hearing aid market can be very tricky. There are several different hearing aid manufacturers, retailers, and private label brands, so figuring out who makes what and who sells what can sometimes be difficult. In an attempt to make things a bit more[…]

Hearing Aids for Musicians

I received an interesting email from a gentleman the other day who was a musician and audio engineer, so his entire life revolves around music. The gentleman had worn analog hearing aids for over a decade and loved them, but after losing them had tried 4 different digital hearing aids[…]

Itchy Ears from Hearing Aids

If you have just started wearing hearing aids and are noticing that your ears are itchy, you are not alone. Around 5% of first time hearing aid wearers complain that their ears are itchy as a result of using their hearing aids. While this problem can be very irritating, rest[…]

The Hearing Loss Blues: Depression & Hearing Loss

The following is a guest post by Dr. Carol Meyers, Educational Specialist for Siemens Hearing Instruments.
Living with hearing loss means a lot more than just not being able to hear as well as you once did. It turns socializing into a chore, simple conversations into misunderstandings, and formerly enjoyable[…]

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