Let’s make an analogy to better understand hearing.
Hearing aids are great and have truly changed so many lives since their invention. Ever-changing technology has allowed them to become more and more effective over the years. While hearing aids are wonderful, they aren’t perfect. Many people complain of whistling in their ears and having difficulty understanding other people in noisy environments such as restaurants. This is obviously not ideal. People who wear hearing aids shouldn’t have to struggle depending on their environment, or be bothered by a whistling sound.
If you're an Advanced Bionics (AB) cochlear implant recipient, you may already be aware that AB is owned by the same company that owns Phonak. This has allowed for AB and Phonak to collaborate on technology compatibility, and now, one of the most recent fruits of the AB/Phonak collaboration is the Naida Link hearing aid.
Not all hearing losses are the same. Someone with a mild hearing loss can struggle significantly with communication while someone with a severe hearing loss can be less affected in their communication abilities. However, when talking about treating a severe hearing loss, there are important considerations to take into account when selecting the most appropriate hearing aid. These are the top five:
While some private insurance companies are beginning to cover a portion of hearing aid costs, Medicare and a number of other insurance companies still provide no coverage when it comes to hearing aids. Here are several reasons why:
At Arizona Hearing Center, we emphasize the importance of getting your hearing aids cleaned and checked every six months — even if everything already sounds great. Without the patient noticing, there could be possible debris in the microphones, tubing or wax guard causing a dampening of sound.
All over the world, people in very different climates use hearing aids. In America alone, hearing aids must survive the frigid winters of Alaska, the humidity of Louisiana and the extreme dry heat of Arizona.
While hearing aids are becoming more and more durable due to improved research and development, they still run the risk of malfunction due to these extreme climates, but there are things you can do during the hot summer months to ensure the survival of your hearing aids. Here are four suggestions: