What's the difference between hearing aids bought from a doctor as opposed to those bought at about half price?
From an audiologist, I'm told that a prescription hearing aid can run about $2500. I see ads for hearing aids that are programmed based on hearing test results that go for around $1000. Is there much difference in quality?
Question answered by Tsundre
Generally, hearing aids from a doctor are of better quality than those who aren't. The audiologist knows you better than these other people do, and know what is right for you, and what isn't.
I have my hearing aids from my audiologist, and I have never had any problems with it personally. Even though it's pricier, it's worth it. I don't trust these adverts. Anyway, good luck, and ask your audiologist for more information.
What is the best website to go to that I can apply for help with buying myself new hearing aids?
I am trying to find funding for new hearing aids for myself. Is there anyone that is an activist for deaf and hearing impaired people that can help me pay for new hearing aids?
Question answered by NotAnyoneYouKnow
There are a number of organizations, and manufacturers who are known to provide financial assistance for low-income families or individuals who need help with the cost of hearing aids.
One well-known organization that provides assistance with hearing aids is the Lions Club - you can read a brief summary of the kinds of help they offer - and find your local branch by visiting here: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/our-work/sight-programs/assistance-requests.php
A smaller organization that has established a strong track record of advocacy for hearing loss is the Sertoma Club. You can find some info about their hearing aid assistance program here: http://www.sertoma.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=335&srcid=190
It's worth calling attention to Sertoma's own suggestion that you look to this organization - Audient, "an alliance for accessible hearing care", sponsored by the Northwest Lion's Foundation. You can find Audient's website here: http://www.audientalliance.org/
("AUDIENT helps low income people nationwide access quality hearing aids and related care at a significantly lower cost.")
You may also want to check out the Starkey Hearing Foundation: http://www.sotheworldmayhear.org/ or the Gift of Hearing Foundation: http://www.giftofhearingfoundation.org/
I hope that one or more of those sites proves useful to you. I wish you the very best of luck.
Does FM listening devices work better than hearing aids?
I am hard of hearing and I wear hearing aids however in class last semester, I still had a very hard time hearing. The office of disability support on my campus offered a FM listening device. Will that work better? If so, what is the purpose of spending thousands of dollars on hearing aids (besides convenience) when you can get a listening device for so cheap? I have made appointments to get my hearing evaluated and my hearing aids checked.
Question answered by Dr. Luna
FMs AND HEARING AIDS ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS
FM systems and assistive listening devices (ALDs) are not just used in theaters and churches anymore. It is your right under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access needed modifications such as a taper recorder, preferential seating, a note taker or FM system.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BILATERAL HEARING AIDS IMPROVE LOCALIZATION AND AMPLIFIES SOUNDS... INCLUDING SOUNDS IN SPECIFIC FREQUENCIES BASED ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL AUDIOGRAM.
FM SYSTEMS JUST AMPLIFIES THE SPEAKERS VOICE WHICH REDUCES THE BACKGROUND NOISE.
There are several types of FM systems that can be used in the classroom. FM systems are composed of a FM transmitter and a receiver.
The FM transmitter or the microphone and its components are used by your professors. The idea is to increase the speech signal and to decrease the background or ambient noise that your hearing aids may pick up.
The FM receiver can be an ear level receiver such as hearing aid audio boots. A boot is a small sleeve that fits over the end of a BTE hearing aid. The boot inserts the audio signal into the hearing aids' Direct Audio Input (DAI) interface. Not all BTE hearing aids have an audio boot interface.
Other receivers include: headphones/ear buds (typically for children with CAPD or ADD), a desktop speaker or a sound field system located around the classroom (everyone benefits from this).
Depending on the type you buy, FMs can be fairly inexpensive to purchase. Here's just one of many links:
Disclaimer: Any information provided on this website, should not be considered medical advice nor a substitute for a consultation with your physician or audiologist. If you have a medical problem, contact your local physician for diagnosis and treatment.
How much financial assistance can I get to get my hearing aids?
My old hearing aids no longer help me with heariong. I have worn hearing aids for a little over 9 years and now Ineed new ones. I was told my loss was moderate to severe. My insurance does not cover this and I am going mad that I can not hear well enough. I went to an ENT and they tested me and gave me a prescription for hearing aids. How can you help me?
Question answered by boogeywoogy
Sertoma.org has a hearing aid exchange service.
If you are a veteran, try the local VA audiology department (under ENT).
Your state's Department of Rehabilitation. Many states cover the cost of hearing aids.
Also try asha.org. Search "hearing aid resources".
How do I improve my severe/profound sensorineural hearing loss naturally without hearing aids?
Has anyone been able to improve their sensorineural hearing loss naturally? I want to hear better without(and with) hearing aids, especially in the high frequencies. What kinds of herbs or medicines can do this? Also what kind of hearing exercises should I do?
Question answered by lulu
once the hair cells are damaged they are damaged. there is no magical-medicinal cure for a sensory/ neural hearing loss.
buck up and get your self some hearing aids. if you have a high frequency loss. make sure they have directional microphones and at the very least 8 channels so the audiologist has greater programming ease.
where can I get assistance getting hearing aids?
I'm currently attending school full-time and working a full-time job at Walt Disney World for 7 dollars an hour. Between the tuition for school, and my other bills, and rent, I am having trouble saving enough money for new hearing aids I’m starting to need.
Since hearing aids are not covered by insurance and the prices of them are sky-high, I'm afraid I will not have enough money saved to buy new hearing aids by the time I need them.
I hate to ask for charity but I'm starting to be backed into a corner. Any suggestion about what I could do?
Question answered by Hugh
Check with the Hearing Loss Association of America (www.hearingloss.org), which also has a state organization in Florida with local chapters. That's one place to look.
Assuming you're in Florida (home of WDW), check with these organizations:
North Florida Lions Hearing Aid Bank
Lion William E. "Bill" Pace
Northeast Florida Lions Hearing Aid Bank
Lion Shirley Shuler
What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital hearing aids?
I need a list of the advantages and disadvantages of digital hearing aids over analogue hearing aids. I tried searching it but was only coming up with hearing aids in general, not specifically digital ones.
Question answered by Lisette
Analogue hearing aids
In analogue instruments, sound is processed as an electrical signal by a microphone. Analogue sound is like making a photocopy: the sound is registered and you get an overall picture. But the actual processing is like recopying a photocopy – it can only be done to a certain extent because it causes a deterioration of the original imprint.
In a digital hearing aid the acoustic signal is converted into digits (0, 1), processed within the hearing aid, and then reconverted to an analogue acoustic signal for the listener. A digital signal can be repeated endlessly without affecting the overall quality. It is like making copies of a scanned image: each copy is a perfect duplicate of the original.
I have an Oticon digital hearing aid BTE. It is better in my estimation.
The reduction of both feedback and background noise is a clear advantage of a digital hearing aid over older, analogue models.
Many digital hearing aid models are equipped with a self-adjusting volume and filtering feature that helps the wearer focus on the sounds he wants to hear. Directional microphones in digital hearing aids are used to perform this function, but some hearing aids do not even require the wearer to adjust the microphone settings. The digital processing allows the aid to sense the needs of the wearer as well as the volume, and adjusts itself accordingly.
Newer digital hearing aids may have a speech enhancement feature that can amplify and enhance speech so that the wearer can hear more comfortably.
Who to see about learning to make hearing aids?
I currently am hard of hearing and just discovered hearing aids. But I am appalled at the cost and lack of info on them. I want to design and make hearing aids, but not getting anywhere. I would assume I need to be an engineer of some kind. Thoughts, suggestions?
Question answered by .....
Well I think you should find out the main hearing aid companies one of the larger ones being phonak.
Then see if they have a contact number etc and find out about it.
How good are bone conduction hearing aids?
I have a 90-95% hearing loss in both of my ears, and I have hearing problems every once in a while. I was thinking about getting this type of hearing aid to replace my regular hearing aid since it doesnt bother with ear fluid and wax. Do they have powerfull enough hearing aids that can completely replace my BTE hearing aid?
Question answered by Christian in Jesus
Bone conduction hearing aids are unable to perfectly reproduce sound, the sound is somewhat similar to the telephone.
Also the sound generated by bone conduction hearing aids is only mono, it isn't stereo. The wearer of the hearing aid is unable to tell where the sound I actually coming from due to this.
The latest bone conduction hearing aids use surgery to implant a device. This works directly onto the bone, and so is less irritating for the user. The device also needs less power to operate, and there is less distortion as a result of this.
Is there a good website to get ratings for the different brands of very expensive hearing aids?
At between 1300 and 4500 dollars for hearing aids I can find no place where the various brands are compared. Consumer reports has not done a comparison
I am aware of what you are saying about different types of hearing loss. But there are many different brands with a great variety of pricing. As with any product I am sure that some brands are a much better value than others. This is not for me but an elderly parent.
Question answered by Hearing Professional
Yes there are different brands. However each brand usually also has a $1000 model, $2000 model, $4000 model etc. With hearing aids there really isn't much difference among brands. Each audiologist is going to have their "favorite" manufacturer based on how much experience they have with their products. It is always best to go with something the audiologist is familiar with because they have more knowledge of what works and what doesn't work with those products. My advice is to see an audiologist not a hearing instrument specialist. Audiologists have at least a master's if not a doctorate degree. Audiologists use hearing aids from major manufacturers. My favorites are Widex, Phonak, Resound, and Starkey. Other major manufacturers are Oticon, Siemens, Unitron, and Rexton. Stay away from places that use their own brands and not a major manufacturer listed above.