Age-related hearing loss affects nearly half of all adults over age 75, but despite its prevalence, age-related hearing loss is often misunderstood or under-recognized by those who experience it. In fact, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) says denial is the biggest barrier to hearing aid use.
Have you ever wondered why the hearing aid your spouse or neighbor wears doesn’t work for you too? It’s because hearing loss differs with each individual.
It can appear anywhere on a spectrum from mild to severe, and doesn’t always affect both ears or have the same consequences. In short,there’s no one way to experience hearing loss – and there are many effective hearing aids that can help.
Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States, after heart disease and arthritis. This means most people may need to purchase hearing aids in their lifetime. Hearing aids of the past were often regarded as obtrusive, and many individuals refused to wear them in order to not draw attention to their disability. However, hearing aid technology has improved greatly over the years, making these devices more appealing for individuals with hearing loss.
If you’re a music lover, or a musician yourself, your ears are one of your most precious senses: You rely on them to help you grasp the joy of sound. But there’s a lot of risk involved in surrounding yourself with music at high volumes, which is often how music lovers and musicians tend to enjoy and produce music. This can result in noise-induced hearing loss.
Most hearing aids use sophisticated technology, and as professionals in the industry, we keep seeing trends in the technology improve. But sometimes, users have questions about battery life and battery quality which are important not to overlook.
Freedom of choice is an important key to accessing and benefitting from the best hearing aid technology to meet your needs. Though there are many options to acquire hearing aids, not all hearing aids, providers, options or locations are created equal.
“If you purchase your hearing aids from a big box store, outlet or retail chain, you need to ask if your hearing aids use proprietary technology or software,” said Tim Steele, PhD, FAAA, President, Associated Audiologists. “If so, you can only return your hearing aids to the retail outlet or store where you bought them for adjustments or service,” Dr. Steele explained.
Most hearing aids are designed to be inconspicuous. In-the-ear (ITE) aids are custom-fit and are practically invisible to the untrained eye; behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are often customized to match skin or hair color and thus blend in naturally.
When it comes to hearing aids, there is no “one size fits all.” Everyone’s ears are different shapes and sizes, so it follows that each person has specific needs and requirements of a hearing aid. Your audiologist will be able to help you select a hearing aid that works best for you.