Understanding Hearing Assistive Technology

Hearing aids do just that - they “aid” you in hearing better - but even with the latest technology, hearing aids have limitations. Public spaces, such as auditoriums, one-on-one conversations, watching television, and listening to phone calls or music can all present listening challenges. That’s where hearing aid accessories come in. Hearing aid accessories and devices can bridge the gap ... Read More

Transform Your Hearing from Ordinary to Extraordinary in 2019

Did you know that if you wear hearing aids you could be streaming conversations with friends and family directly from your smartphone to your hearing aids? And your favorite television programming and music could be delivered directly to your ears hands-free, too? And even better, you could be the only one who could hear all of this? Thanks to the ... Read More

What Is the Audiology Patient Choice Act?

The Audiology Patient Choice Act (H.R. 2276/S.2575) would provide Medicare patients with direct access to a doctoral-level audiologist without a referral from a primary care provider. This would streamline access and care for many patients, reducing wait times for appointments and the need for, and hassle of, additional paperwork. Medicare Requires Referrals and Causes Delays in Treatment Under the current ... Read More

Purchasing Hearing Aids at Big Box Stores Vs. a Professional Audiology Clinic

If you’ve ever wondered whether you should purchase hearing aids at a big box store/warehouse like Costco or Sam’s Club versus a professional audiology practice, we’ll break down the important aspects in this article. Like many purchases we make in life, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons, and make a well-informed decision. Pros to Big Box Store/Warehouse Hearing ... Read More

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

One major barrier cited as a reason for not getting hearing aids is the cost. Entry-level hearing aids at a professional audiology practice, such as Associated Audiologists, range from $675 to $3,200 per ear. Hearing aids in this price range are custom-fit by a doctoral-level audiologist. FDA to Create & Regulate OTC Hearing Aids However, to address the issue of ... Read More

Get Real! Real-Ear Measurement Ensures Best Hearing Aid Fit

As a consumer, you may not know that there are two different ways to fit and program hearing aids. One is to use the default manufacturer’s setting, also called the first-fit setting. This means the provider essentially takes the hearing aids out of a box and puts them in your ears without performing additional programming or testing to be sure ... Read More

Hearing Aids Help, but Professional Fittings Yield the Highest Patient Satisfaction Vs. OTC

The first-ever placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial of hearing aid outcomes published in the American Journal of Audiology shows that older adults benefit from hearing aid use. Study Pits Audiologist Best Practices with OTC Hearing Aid Purchases Led by researchers at Indiana University with funding support from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the study sought ... Read More

Prevent Falls this Winter with These Tips

Every second of every day in the United States an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Winter Weather Increases Falls Often, falls are caused by dizziness or balance disorders, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a common condition we can ... Read More

What’s that Ringing in Your Ears?

The holidays are here, but if you’re hearing a constant ringing, buzzing, white noise, crickets chirping and/or roaring sound, it’s probably tinnitus, not holiday bells. In fact, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus is very common, affecting approximately 50 million Americans to some degree. Usually it is a sound that only you can hear. Don’t Ignore Tinnitus Although ... Read More

Treating Hearing Loss May Help Prevent Dementia

Recently, the Lancet Commission, a group of 24 international experts on dementia, estimated that one-third of dementia most likely can be prevented or slowed down by providing early intervention for hearing loss, hypertension, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and depression. Hearing Loss Interferes with Cognitive Abilities Though each of these risk factors is treatable, let’s focus on hearing loss. Diagnosing and treating ... Read More