Hearing Aid & Hearing Loss Blog

Hearing Health News – August ’21

In this new and recurring blog series, we take a look at a few of the prior month’s biggest stories in the world of hearing health care. August was a busy month, with several new releases, continued fallout from the semiconductor chip shortage, and a new study linking untreated hearing[…]

How to Save Money on Hearing Aids

They’re one of the most expensive personal items you’ll ever buy.

In the U.S, the average price for one hearing aid is a staggering $2300.

With prices like that, it’s only natural to wonder how you might save money on hearing aids.

Well, look no further.

In this post[…]

Hearing Aids vs. Amplifiers: Which is Right For You?

 
If you’ve noticed your hearing isn’t what it used to be, one of your first questions may be-

“Should I buy hearing aids or an amplifier?”

Those who sell hearing aids will almost always say hearing aids are the better choice.

At[…]

Buying Hearing Aids Online [Pros & Cons, Expert Tips]

The average price for a single hearing aid in the United States is $2,300.

This leads many consumers, even those with the means to spend[…]

Invisible Hearing Aids [Reviews, Prices, Latest Models]

Gone are the days of clunky-looking pink hearing aids that fill up the entire ear, whistle, and can be seen by everyone.

Today’s hearing aids are digital high tech devices- they’re miniature computers in your ears, and if you want, they can[…]

Hearing Aids for Tinnitus [Ultimate Guide]

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 15% of the general public — over 50 million Americans — experience some form of tinnitus.

If you’re one of those 50 million, you may be wondering if it’s possible[…]

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

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[…]

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 increases[…]

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 [Prices, Reviews, Models]

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 [Costs, Reviews, Models]

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 [Reviews, Prices, Pros & Cons]

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 and Types

With all the different hearing aid styles and sizes, it can be difficult to know which to buy.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a style, such as your lifestyle, budget, hearing loss, and cosmetic preferences.

In this post I’ll review each style so you can get a better idea[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

Should You Buy an Extended Warranty on Hearing Aids?

When you buy new hearing aids, they’ll almost always 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 financial sense.

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

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Audicus Hearing Aid Reviews

Note: This post is written by a hearing instrument specialist and is merely an opinion piece.

Originally launched in 2011, New York, NY based Audicus is one of the most widely recognized online hearing aid retailers in the industry.

With the average price of a single hearing aid ranging from $1600[…]

Why Do My Hearing Aids Echo?

 
Do your hearing aids sound like they have an echo?

Or maybe when wearing them, it sounds like you’re talking in a barrel, have a head cold, or your own voice sounds like it’s “booming.”

All of these sensations can be attributed to what is known[…]

“Cookie Bite” Hearing Loss

There are many terms that we use to describe a hearing loss. You may hear someone say they have a “high frequency hearing loss”, or perhaps a “reverse slope hearing loss.” Less common, is the cookie bite hearing loss.

Cookie bite hearing losses are most often hereditary and are[…]

Can’t Hear in Background Noise?

 
One of the most common complaints that hearing providers hear from clients is- “I can hear just fine in quiet, but I don’t do well when it’s noisy.”

In this article, we’ll look at why it’s more challenging to hear in noise, how our ears[…]

Is it Safe to Buy Used Hearing Aids?

With hearing aids being so expensive, some people think that purchasing used hearing aids might help save some money. In some cases it absolutely will and is not a bad option at all. In other cases, it can be a disastrous decision. In this post I’ll attempt to weigh the[…]

What are Hearing Aid Channels and Bands?

When you buy a TV, one of the key specs you’ll probably look for is the resolution.

When you buy a smartphone, you might want to look at battery capacity.

Specifications like these are helpful to ensure you’re buying the right device for your needs.

When researching hearing aids, you may come across[…]

Lyric Hearing Aids [Professional Review]

Lyric hearing aids promise what so many other hearing aids can’t- a truly invisible and “set and forget” hearing solution.

It sounds like the ideal hearing aid.

But does it work as advertised? How much does it cost? What are the[…]

CROS and BiCROS Hearing Aids

The vast majority of people with hearing loss have what is called symmetrical hearing loss.

Symmetrical hearing loss (as the name implies), means the hearing is symmetrical (the same) in both ears.

Much less common, is single-sided deafness (SSD), where one ear is deaf and the other isn’t.

Single-sided deafness requires a[…]

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