Most hearing losses, mild to severe, can be helped with hearing aids because of advances in computer technology, digitization and miniaturization. It is estimated that roughly 10 per cent of the population suffers from some type of hearing impairment.
Federal regulation prohibits any hearing aid sale unless the buyer has first received a physician’s evaluation, so you will need to see your doctor before you purchase a hearing aid. However, the regulation also says that if you are over 18 and aware of the recommendation for a medical exam, you may sign a waiver to forego it.
Getting a hearing aid is and intensely personal experience. You want to make sure the device works great, of course. But you also want to know that it will fit your lifestyle, that it will do what you need it to do whenever you need it to work.
Hearing aids work very well when they are fit and adjusted appropriately. All hearing aids should be comfortable with respect to the physical fit and the sound loudness. If there is any discomfort the wearer should return to their Audiologist immediately for alterations to provide a comfortable fit. Hearing aids provide the wearer with additional information to help that person to hear and understand better. They do not provide “perfect” hearing.
Basically all hearing aids work on the principle of amplifying sounds received by your ear so that they can be transferred to the brain. However hearing aids differ with regard to their capabilities for refinement and customization.
There are two categories of hearing aid; analogue and digital. Digital hearing aids are generally recommended and thousands of previous users of analogue aids have moved to digital aids.
Hearing Aid Fittings
After your hearing aids have been selected, they must be fitted appropriately. Hearing aids must amplify sounds so they can be heard comfortably without causing discomfort, and hearing aids must be secure and physically comfortable in the ear. The hearing aids are adjusted using a computer in the audiologist’s office, and the results can be measured.
Cost Of Hearing Aids
Your audiologist will sit down with you to discuss the costs of your hearing aids as well as what your insurance covers. They can also give you details on financing options, warranty, and other types of insurances available for your hearing aids.