There are many different types of hearing loss. Understanding the different types of hearing loss and their terminology can help you to make the right choice when it comes to choosing a hearing aid.
Many agree that hearing aids are expensive. In fact, high hearing aid costs are often what prevent hearing impaired individuals from seeking treatment. In the following, we’ll address if the price of a hearing aid truly reflects quality, as well as what to look for when purchasing hearing aids.
As we age we naturally lose some of our ability to hear sound. An additional obstacle is that many (as many as 10%-15%) people separately acquire tinnitus. Officially tinnitus is defined as, "...is the perception of sound within the human ear (ringing of the ears) when no actual sound is present. Despite the origin of the name, "ringing" is only one of many sounds the person may perceive." For this afflicted it is no small matter.
Regardless of the amount of money you spend, at sometime you will face a whistling noise while wearing them. Occasionally, the sound is perfectly normal and not worthy of concern. Other times, it can be a sign that something is wrong. Let's take a moment to discuss this further.
We have created the following infographic to share some facts about hearing loss. We would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have!
When purchasing hearing aids there are two types of domes you are presented (really 3 with custom molds) with. Before we get into that lets first clarify what a "dome" is. A hearing aid dome is the small plastic bell-shaped piece at the end of the tube. This is the actual physical piece that is inserted in your ear. A proper fitting dome can make a huge difference in both comfort and quality while wearing your hearing aid.
Another question we are often asked is what kind of batteries does a CIC hearing aid use. Due to the very small size needed to fit in the compact hearing aid, a size 10 battery is the most common. Our CIC hearing aid the TactEar 801 CIC also takes a size 10 battery. On average, a size 10 battery will last approximately 95 hours.
When we look through our monthly reports on what terms people Google to find us one of the most common phrases is, "What are the best hearing aid?". On the surface it may seem like a very simple question to answer. In reality the answer is much more complicated. In short, the best hearing aid is the one that matches your specific need and budget. If you go to an audiologist or hearing center they will test you and tell you the best hearing aid for you might be $3000 per ear.
Audiograms (or hearing tests) can be a bit confusing at first. You have a chart with Frequency along the top and Loudness down the side. You have a series of dots and lines across the graph. Occasionally, there will be notes written across the page. What does it all mean? Let's take a look.
In a recent paper published in The Hearing Review there was a bombshell released. Author Sergei Kochkin, PhD released a whole host of information regarding direct mail hearing aids and traditionally bought (audiologist office) hearing aids and how their overall satisfaction rates. While the entire article warrants reading, the long and the short of it is that direct mail hearing aid satisfaction is almost indistinguishable between direct mail purchased and traditionally purchased aids.