Over The Counter Hearing Aids: Everything You Need to Know

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Based on a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration dated Oct. 21, 2021, the agency is proposing a rule to establish a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. The proposed rule implements a key provision of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, as enacted in the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. When finalized, the rule would allow … Read More

Pros and Cons of Bundling vs. Unbundling — Which Pricing Model is Best?

Whether we realize it or not, almost every day we experience the concept of “bundled vs. unbundled” pricing. Here’s an example. If you buy a car loaded with all the options that not only includes the cost of the vehicle, but also includes oil changes and tire rotations for the first 50,000 miles, that’s an example of bundled pricing. You … Read More

Why Do People Avoid Wearing Hearing Aids?

It’s a proven fact that hearing aids work, and today’s hearing aids work better than ever thanks to advanced digital technology and features such as artificial intelligence, directional microphones and rechargeable batteries. So what’s stopping millions of Americans from wearing hearing aids? The average person waits five to seven years before seeking help. Is it the stigma associated with hearing … Read More

What Costs Do I Need to Consider When Buying Hearing Aids?

Hearing aids come in a wide range of styles and technology levels to fit every budget. Entry-level hearing aids at a professional practice such as Associated Audiologists should cost approximately $675 each. Keep in mind that similar to computer or cell phone technology, today’s mid-level hearing aids were considered top-of-the-line five to seven years ago. That means entry or mid-level … Read More

Does Medicare Cover the Cost of Hearing Aids?

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Even though age-related hearing loss is most common among individuals 65 and older, ironically, if you have original Medicare, you usually pay 100 percent of the costs associated with routine hearing exams and hearing aids. However, if your physician orders testing because he or she suspects you may have a medical condition requiring treatment that can be diagnosed with a … Read More

Hearing Aid Buyers Beware

When it comes to hearing aids, the old adage applies: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” At Associated Audiologists, we are aware that many advertisers use misleading strategies marketed as deals. Here are some common claims to watch out for:

Address Your Hearing Loss with Style

Hearing aid styles and technology can be confusing, even if you have been wearing hearing aids for years. Please keep in mind that our job as doctoral-level audiologists is to guide you through this selection process, so be sure to ask questions and take notes as you weigh your options. Hearing aids are an important investment in your health and … Read More

Hearing aids are a smart investment in your health

There’s no argument that hearing aids can be a big budget item, but when compared to other consumer electronics, they are an important investment proven to impact job performance, quality of life and health. If you have hearing loss, they are something you should not live without. So let’s compare the expense of hearing aids to something most of us think we can’t … Read More