Tips For Selecting Your Hearing Aid

Feb 19, 2010 by

More than 28 million Americans (about 10 percent of the population) have hearing loss. Hearing aids can compensate for hearing loss in approximately 95 percent of those individuals who have hearing impairment. While more than 30 percent of people over age 65 have some type of hearing loss, 14 percent of those between 45-64 have hearing loss. Close to 8 million people between the ages of 18 and 44 and 7 million children have hearing loss.
Why should I correct hearing loss? Hearing is an essential to your quality of life. Helen Keller said that loss of vision means losing contact with things, but loss of hearing means losing contact with people. A hearing loss influences the interaction between family and friends causing communication barriers between people who love and need one another. Anxiety, insecurity, isolation and depression can affect those who do not hear well. Scientific studies indicate that the negative psychological changes due to untreated hearing loss may be reversed by hearing aid use. Untreated hearing loss creates an opportunity to lose your ability for clarity. When sounds don’t get sent from your ears to your brain, your brain is deprived of appropriate stimulation. Over time your ability to distinguish sounds like ‘th’, ‘f’, ‘sh’, ‘v’, ‘s’ and others will be lost. . . permanently! You may have been a whiz is High School is algebra, but after a few years of not practicing you lose your ability. Your ability to hear is no different.

Over 1,500 models of hearing aids are designed in North America. Your audiologist will help you select the most appropriate hearing aids based on your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget as well as your specific listening needs.

The newest design in the hearing industry is the extended wear hearing aids which are placed deep into the ear and are kept in through all daily activities, showers and sleeping. The patients who get to the Lyric hearing aid absolutely LOVE IT!

In general, the average cost of hearing aids ranges from just under $1,000 to over $3500 per ear and if properly cared for should last for many years.
Please remember that, if you are suffering from a hearing loss, you have nothing to lose by trying hearing aids. Make sure that you have a trial period so you have the option to make sure the chosen devices and the professional helping you are best for you.