Question: What should I look for when I’m ready for new hearing aids?
Answer: Fitting hearing aids is based on the skill and technique of your doctor of audiology. There is not one individual setting on a hearing aid that is right for everyone. The aids must be programmed and modified for your ear canal, type of hearing loss, communication needs, and comfort. Computer programming is critical to success with hearing aids. Fine-tuning the amplification and frequencies is a science which must ...
Have you heard of self-fitting hearing aids (SFHAs)? Can they help if you have a hearing loss? What exactly are they, and how do they differ from traditional hearing devices fitted by a hearing care expert? What’s the best action to take if you need hearing help?
With hearing loss posing a serious public-health challenge worldwide — it’s a chronic problem affecting millions of women, men, and children — technology continues evolving to improve sound clarity, expand compatibility with other smart ...
Question: I’ve seen devices advertised on TV and in magazines called “personal sound amplifiers” and they are a lot less expensive. Are they the same thing as hearing aids?
Answer: No, they are not. Personal sound amplifiers are quite different from hearing aids and shouldn’t be used in place of expertly programmed hearing aids fitted by a Doctor of Audiology.
The PSA was created to amplify sounds during recreational activities and not to assist with hearing loss. They are not programmed to specific ...
It’s no surprise that getting hearing help can make communicating and connecting with the world around you so much easier, but did you know that using hearing aids might also have a hand in cutting down emergency-room visits and hospital stays?
In a study published earlier this year in the medical journal JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan researchers investigating connections among hearing technology, health care consumption, and spending linked seniors’ self-reported use of hearing aids to changes such ...
Question: How can I help my Mother understand me on the phone while wearing her hearing aids?
Answer: Hearing aids and telephones can sometimes be difficult, especially with hearing aids that fill up the ear canals. The newer technology has made this transition easier. There are choices available depending upon her type of hearing aid, the amount of hearing loss and her ability to use new technology.
One option for you both is the closed captioned phone that allows your Mother to see ...
Question: Why shouldn’t I buy the cheapest hearing aids offered?
Answer: Are all cars the same? All doctors the same? Are we comparing hearing aids from Doctors of Audiology or hearing devices from warehouse stores and chains? Are ads in the newspapers offering “discount” prices or “trade ins” or “to the first 25 people who respond”? Is it a question of price or the benefit you get for the price? A discount price hearing aid is often the most expensive to maintain ...
Question: Though I’ve been told I would benefit from hearing aids, I fear my ears will get lazy and lose their ability to hear at all.
Answer: Actually, the opposite is true. When the ears are not hearing properly, they are not transmitting the sound to areas in the brain for understanding, so the brain’s function in these areas becomes reduced permanently.
Over time, this has a negative impact on the ability to process understanding of words and speech sounds. It will be ...