How To Pick The Best
Sounding Hearing Aid
The best hearing aid for you is
one you’ll feel comfortable wearing
and fits your lifestyle.
Today, there are hundreds of hearing aids on the market that are comfortable, nearly invisible and offer high fidelity sound quality. There are even extended wear hearing aids you leave in for months, and hearing aids that wirelessly connect to your TV through your smartphone, transforming your hearing aids into headsets.
Styles of hearing aids include traditional and mini behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in the canal (ITC) or receiver in the canal (RIC), receiver in the ear (RITE) or completely in the canal (CIC).
Which hearing aid is right for you? We can help! We can help you choose hearing aids that match the environments where you spend time, your lifestyle and your budget. We will fit, adjust and program your hearing aids for the best hearing possible. The right hearing aids can transform your life.
Make an appointment to get your hearing tested and talk about which hearing solution is right for you today.
How Hearing Aids Work
Hearing aids use small microphones to collect sounds. They also contain a computer chip that converts the incoming sound, then analyzes it and adjusts it based on your hearing loss. You hear the audio signals through miniature speakers in your ears.
Which hearing aid is right for you depends on the severity of your hearing loss, the environments where you want to hear better, how active you want to be and the technology you’re comfortable with using.
Choosing Hearing Aids
At your hearing evaluation, we’ll talk with you to determine the type of hearing problem you have. We’ll ask you questions about the onset of your hearing loss, and whether you’re experiencing tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and/or dizziness. We’ll also test your hearing.
Based on your answers and your test results, our highly trained hearing experts may refer you to a medical doctor for an examination and possible treatment. We may recommend hearing aids if the testing reveals a sensorineural hearing loss, which indicates damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or nerves that run from the cochlea to the brain.
Hearing Aid Evaluation
There are literally thousands of hearing aids available today. Our highly trained staff will use the information in your case history and in the audiological evaluation to help narrow your choices.
Which hearing aids to purchase? You’ll make the final decision.
Hearing Aid Fitting
During a hearing aid fitting, we’ll program the device to meet your specific needs. We’ll give you instructions on how to put the hearing aids in your ears and remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices.
We’ll also review how your lifestyle affects how hearing aids function, and how to get the most benefit from wearing your hearing aids.
One Hearing Aid vs. Two Hearing Aids
You have two ears because you need two ears. If you have hearing loss in each ear that could be reduced by hearing aids, you should wear two hearing aids.
Wearing hearing aids in each ear will:
- improve your ability to hear in noisy settings
- allow you to determine where sounds are coming from
- improve your ability to understand speech, even from a distance
- help you hear soft sounds at lower levels
- and give sound a fuller quality.
Which Brands of Hearing Aids Are Best?
We’ve spent years selecting the few hearing aid manufacturers that we know from experience are the cream of the crop. Why do we only carry the best? Because we want to help you truly get more out of life.
Call us to get a free demo and find out which individual hearing aid type and brand is right for you.
Don't Wait! Early treatment
is the most effective treatment.
Wearing Hearing Aids
Hearing aids work extremely well when they’re fitted and adjusted to your liking. That’s why it’s important to come to us for professional services. Hearing aids should fit comfortably and appropriately amplify sound. If your hearing aids fall short, return them to us immediately. We’re happy to adjust them for you.
Hearing aids can dramatically improve your hearing, but they don’t provide “perfect” hearing. A hearing aid is exactly what it says — it is an “aid” to help you hear better. Our expertise and your attitude are the keys to your better hearing.
Hearing loss typically develops over many years. Becoming reacquainted with sounds while using hearing aids will take some practice. You brain will need time to adjust to the sounds your hearing aids help provide. Try not to get frustrated. We’re here to help you through this process.
Getting Used to Hearing Aids
You may need just a few days to adjust to your new hearing aids, but most of our patients take a few weeks or even several months. In general, the greater the hearing loss and the longer it has been present, the more difficult it will be to transition to using hearing aids. At Puget Sound Hearing Aid & Audiology, we’re uniquely trained to provide the rehabilitative programs you should have after we fit you with hearing aids.
The longer you live with hearing loss, the more difficult it is to adjust to using hearing aids. We want to make the transition process as smooth as possible. Call us today.
Restaurants chatter. Road traffic. The cacophony of leaf blowers while you’re trying to enjoy your backyard on a beautiful fall day. Background noise is a problem for everyone at one time or another, whether or not you use hearing aids. There’s no way a hearing aid can completely eliminate the sounds you don’t want to hear. The good news? There are now hearing aids available that amplify the sounds you do want to hear and minimize some unwanted sounds.
Research that reveals that dual microphones effectively reduce background noise for many people with certain types of hearing loss. We can help you determine the best circuits and microphone options for your hearing loss and communication needs.
The best and most efficient way to reduce background noise is through the use of assistive listening devices such as FM technology. Ask us how this technology can work with your hearing aid to improve your ability to hear in difficult listening situations.
How Much Should You
Pay For Hearing Aids?
How much to invest in hearing aids can depend on your lifestyle. If you live alone in the woods, rarely talk on the phone, never listen to the radio or watch TV, and rarely venture out, then your hearing aid use will probably be low. In that case, it doesn’t make sense to opt for “top shelf” hearing aids.
On the other hand, if you spend time in meetings at work, like to watch TV, talk on the phone or listen to the news on the radio and you enjoy socializing with friends and family, your use is going to be high, even if you live by yourself. In fact, you’ll probably wear your hearing aids for 12 to 16 hours a day. You’ll want hearing aids that consistently perform well.
In that case, paying for high-quality hearing aids is a good investment in your quality of life, in your ability to stay connected and to communicate well.
The Price and Value of Hearing Aids
Cost and value are two different things. Make a list of how many times each day and week you could benefit from using hearing aids. Are there situations where hearing more clearly would help you enjoy life more? Look at your list and estimate what it would be worth to you, per day, to be an active part of the conversation. That’s the value to you of wearing hearing aids — and of choosing one type versus another.
What Determines the
Cost of Hearing Aids?
Features and function: The more features you want and the higher level of performance you’d like, the more you’ll pay for hearing aids. Almost-invisible hearing aids that work well across a spectrum of listening environments and are designed for someone with an active lifestyle are likely to be more costly (and work better) than lesser models.
Like any other technology, your hearing aid price depends on the features you choose and, more importantly, what your hearing healthcare professional recommends for you. The more features you receive, the more the hearing aids will cost. For example, if you live a very active lifestyle, we may recommend dual microphones to help you hear better in noisy environments. Our patients are typically very satisfied with this feature.
All hearing aids come with an adjustment or trial period, typically 30 days from date of purchase. During this time, you’re welcome to visit us for any necessary fitting issues. If, for any reason, you’re not satisfied, you can return your hearing aids during the trial period for a refund minus a small fitting/restocking fee.
Cover Hearing Aids?
Health insurance companies generally don’t cover hearing aids. However, diagnostic evaluations are covered if a physician orders them to assist in developing a treatment plan.
Similarly, Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids for adults. But Medicare will cover the cost of bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA), a special type of hearing device, if other coverage policies are met because Medicare has declared the BAHA a “prosthetic device” and not a hearing aid.
For eligible children and young adults ages 21 and under, Medicaid will pay for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, including hearing aids, under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) service. Also, children may be covered by their state’s early intervention program or State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
If you need help paying for a hearing aid, some nonprofit organizations provide financial assistance, while others may help provide used or refurbished hearing aids.