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Hearing Aids 101

Hearing aid technology has come a long way in a short time. Today’s hearing aids are smaller yet more powerful than ever before. Hearing aid manufacturers provide an almost dizzying array of models and features. It can be confusing. Live Better Hearing believes all consumers should have the best available information when making an important purchase. That’s why we put together this page to get you better understand hearing aid technology and what to expect when wearing hearing aids.

What hearing aid style is the best for me?

Hearing is highly individualized. No two people hear the same, and no two people have the same requirements for hearing aids. Larger hearing aids may provide more power and features, while smaller hearing aids are more discreet.

Your lifestyle may be better suited for hearing aids with rechargeable batteries than disposable batteries.

Whether you need behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE) or in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids depends on your hearing needs, lifestyle, cosmetic concerns, any vision or dexterity issues and budget. Live Better Hearing will match the style and features to your individual situation, so you get the hearing aid that’s just right for you.  

How digital hearing aids help

No matter what style of hearing aid you choose, it will consist of a microphone, a processor, amplifier and a speaker. The microphone will collect sounds from your environment and send it to a processor to amplify the sound and adjust the sound quality as necessary before sending it to a speaker that delivers the sound to your ear.

Digital hearing aids can make it easier to block out background noise, understand speech better and hear the sounds you’ve been missing. Additionally, hearing aids have been proven to help with tinnitus and delay the onset of dementia.

Is a complete audiological exam necessary?

The best hearing aid fittings begin with the best hearing examinations. The hearing care professionals at Live Better Hearing discuss your lifestyle and ask questions to determine the situations in which you think you have difficulty hearing before they begin an exam. With this information, they perform a complete battery of tests to determine how your ears are functioning and what sounds you can hear and what sounds you are missing. All of this information is necessary to determine if hearing aid technology can improve your listening experience. When you self-diagnose hearing loss and use off-the-shelf hearing products, it’s hard to affect any real change in your ability to hear. Better hearing requires a complete evaluation of your hearing.

What is the best brand of hearing aid?

The best brand of hearing aid is the brand that delivers the functionality you need in an easy to wear and affordable solution. The answer to this question is as individual as your hearing needs. Live Better Hearing represents all major brands, so you know you are getting the best technology for your personal needs.

Is wearing hearing aids hard?

Like wearing glasses or contact lenses, wearing hearing aids requires a period of adjustment. The more motivated you are for a positive outcome, the better your experience will be. During your hearing aid fitting appointment, the hearing care professional at Live Better Hearing will show you how to insert and remove your hearing aids, how to clean them and perform routine maintenance and provide you with a plan for adjusting to your new hearing aids.

Will my insurance pay for hearing aids?

It depends. Most adults are covered by private insurance that does not cover hearing aid technology. Seniors covered by Medicare are also not covered by the basic Medicare program. If you have a Medicare supplement, you may be covered. Be sure to ask your insurance carrier.

Children and young adults under the age of 21 may be covered by private insurance or Medicaid.

Even if your devices are not covered, the cost of your hearing exam may be covered if it is necessary for a medical diagnostic evaluation.