How Do I Know What Hearing Aid is Best for Me?
Today there are many different types and styles of hearing aids available. The one that is best for you will depend on many factors including the amount of hearing loss you have and the listening situations you are in on a daily basis depending on your lifestyle. Exploring these factors with a licensed audiologist will assist you in selecting the most appropriate hearing aids.
Why Shouldn’t I Purchase Hearing Aids from a Discount Club or on the Internet?
When hearing aids are purchased online or at a discounted rate, orientation to the hearing aid, verifying the appropriateness of the hearing aid to your hearing loss, programming the hearing aid to your individual hearing loss and hearing education services are often excluded. This portion of the hearing aid fitting is crucial to successful hearing aid fittings.
Recently, many reputable hearing aid manufacturers have instituted guidelines stating that they will only distribute their products to those that dispense them directly to patients through face-to-face in-person consultations. These new guidelines effectively bring an end to customers being able to buy these manufacturer’s products via the Internet, mail order or catalogues.
Will a Hearing Aid Cure My Hearing Loss?
No. Hearing aids are designed to help you function better in daily communication situations. They are just what the name implies: they are an aid to hearing.
Will a Hearing Aid Make My Hearing Worse?
Properly fitted hearing aids will not make your hearing worse. Audiologists at JFK evaluate your aids to ensure that they are not set too loud, protecting the listener from excessive noise levels. Some people who use hearing aids report that they feel as though their hearing has decreased after they take the aids out of their ears. This is because they have become used to the amplification and to hearing better while wearing the aids.
Is it Necessary to Wear Two Hearing Aids?
Two hearing aids will provide more benefit than one, especially in situations with background noise. If there is a significant difference between your ears, two hearing aids may or may not be beneficial. Studies have shown that when one ear is not stimulated (that is, you only wear one hearing aid) the ability for the unaided ear to understand speech may actually decrease over time. However, as a patient focused practice, we are always willing to work together with you to find the fitting that is best for you.
What if I Decide to Try a Hearing Aid and I Don't Like It?
We offer a thirty day trial period to allow you time to use the hearing aids in your everyday listening situations. This will allow you to get adjusted to amplified hearing and to share with us your experiences during your follow up sessions.
How Much do Hearing Aids Cost?
The cost of a hearing aid varies widely — from just over one thousand to several thousand dollars. Professional fees, remote controls and other hearing aid options may cost extra. Talk to your audiologist about your needs and expectations. If cost is an issue, good instruments are still available at reasonable prices.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Hearing Aids?
Check with your specific insurance plan to determine if hearing aids are covered; Medicare and the majority of insurance plans do not have hearing aid coverage. If you do not have coverage, you may consider contacting your Human Resources department to request that your employer's health plan cover hearing aids. A New Jersey Program, Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAD), provides a $100 reimbursement to eligible persons (those enrolled or eligible for PAAD) who purchase a hearing aid. Click here to learn about the proposed hearing aid tax credit legislation. Grace’s Law recently passed in the State of New Jersey mandating some insurances to partially cover hearing aids for some children. Contact your audiologist for more information.
I Have Trouble Using My Cell Phone. How am I Going to Handle Something as Complicated as a Hearing Aid?
You don't need to be an electronics expert to use hearing aids. As with most new endeavors, there are skills to learn and a period of adjustment. Your audiologist should teach you how to put the hearing aids in your ear, how to adjust the volume or settings, change the battery, clean and care for them. Your questions and feedback are essential to your feeling comfortable with your hearing aids.
Is a Hearing Aid “The Answer” or Are There Other Things That Can Help My Hearing Loss?
Even after you are fitted with hearing aids, there are additional techniques to increase the benefit you get with the aids. Speech-reading (i.e., lip-reading) and auditory training can greatly improve your communication while wearing hearing aids. Classes led by experts in speech-reading and listening training can greatly enhance your communication skills. If these are not available in your location, study-at-home programs are available. Discuss these with your audiologist for further information.