What you need to know about hearing aids
What are hearing aids?
In its simplest form, hearing aids are like a miniature PA system with four basic components: microphone, amplifier, a speaker (receiver), and power supply (batteries).
What are the different types of hearing aids
Today’s hearing aids come in a wide variety of sizes and styles from those that sit behind the ear to invisible hearing aids that sit completely in the ear canal — and feature different technology levels to match your specific needs and budget. Below is a list of the types of hearing aids. Click through each one to learn more.
- Made for iPhone
- Invisible Products
- Single-Sided Hearing
- Hearing Amplifiers
What types of technology do hearing aids have?
Like many other high-tech devices (TVs, phones, computers), hearing aids have experienced a major technological revolution in the past decade and especially in the last few years. The best of today’s hearing aids are designed to virtually eliminate feedback, make listening in noisy environments easier and more comfortable, stream stereo sound from TVs and radios directly to the hearing aid itself, let you talk on your phone hands-free, and much more. Now, instruments are smaller (and in some cases, invisible), more comfortable and powerful than ever.
Where can I purchase hearing aids?
When seeking treatment for hearing loss, be sure to select a hearing professional who understands the available technology and offers follow-up care.
What are the benefits of hearing aids?
Research on people with hearing loss and their significant others has shown that hearing aids play a significant factor in a person’s social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being.
More specifically, treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve:
- Communication in relationships
- Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
- Ease in communication
- Earning power
- Sense of control over your life
- Social participation
- Emotional stability
How much do hearing aids cost?
The price of a hearing aid will vary depending on the specific model and features you need, and how effective it is in various noise environments. Whatever the final cost, most hearing professionals do offer financing plans. You should also check to see if you qualify for free hearing aids or discounted hearing aids from your employer, union, the Veterans Administration, insurance provider, HMO or local charity (such as Lions Club).
Is there an adjustment period to wearing hearing aids?
Yes. Most people need an adjustment period of up to four months before becoming acclimated to — and receiving the full benefit of — wearing their hearing aids. However, you should expect to notice obvious benefits during this trial period. Remember, your hearing professional is there to help. Do not be afraid to call or visit to discuss your concerns. Be realistic, practice, be patient and rest.
Should I consider purchasing a hearing aid online?
We believe that you achieve the best possible results with your hearing aids by consulting with a hearing professional in person, so we do not endorse retailers selling over the Internet.