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The right hearing aid could improve your quality of life



If you are considering trying hearing aids, our experts are here to provide you with the information you need to get started.

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How do digital hearing aids work?

Hearing aids work by amplifying sound via a three-component system:

  1. Microphone – receives the soundwaves and converts them into electrical signals
  2. Amplifier – increases the strength of the sound signals and sends them to the ear
  3. Receiver/speaker – converts the amplified electrical signal into sound and delivers it into the ear canal

Digital hearing aids have features that can automatically adjust the volume and listening programs based on different listening environments.

To understand how hearing aids help, it helps to know how hearing works.

Compare different types of hearing aids

There are two main types of hearing aids. They either sit behind the ear (BTE) or inside the ear canal (ITE). There are several factors that determine what kind of hearing aid you need, including the severity of your hearing loss, aesthetic preferences, dexterity, your lifestyle and budget.

This overview helps you to compare the features available in various types of hearing aids.

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Behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE)

Comfort and high performance: Behind-the-ear hearing aids are our most popular hearing aid models due to their high level of comfort. They are available in various colors, sizes and styles and are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.

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In-the-ear hearing aids (ITE)

Customizable and almost invisible: In-the-ear hearing aids are often custom-molded so that they fit precisely to your individual ear. Because of their small size, they are best for mild to moderate hearing loss. Whether you can be fitted with ITE hearing aids depends on your ear canal’s shape and size.

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Bluetooth hearing aids 

With Bluetooth functionality, hearing devices allow you to connect to a range of devices wirelessly. You can hear music, take phone calls, and listen to TV audio either directly from your hearing aids or via a hearing aid app at a distance of up to 100 yards.

What are the best hearing aids on the market?

Hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all solutions. Hearing aid users’ needs will vary greatly from person to person, depending on their preferences and level of hearing loss. In order to find out which hearing aid is the best for your needs, you should consider the following factors:

  • Your level of hearing loss

  • Hearing aid technology

  • Comfort

  • Price and quality

  • Style of hearing aid

  • Your lifestyle and listening situations

  • Other medical conditions

  • Your dexterity, vision and other physical factors

 

Discover the benefits of better hearing, and work with your local hearing care expert to find the best hearing aids for your lifestyle.

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Hearing aid prices in the US

Prices of hearing aids can vary depending on what product you chose, but hearing aid prices generally range from $1,000 to $3,600 per unit based on specific styles and features. Insurance plans and medical coverage can also have an effect on the final price of the hearing aids. In general, the more powerful and advanced the technology, and the more features a hearing aid offers, the higher the price.

Finding the right price point for you is a matter of weighing the costs and advantages of hearing aid features and technologies, then matching it with your needs and budget.

View a hearing aid price comparison table

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A premium pair of hearing aids costs $5.25 per day,+ which is approximately the price of a latte. This means that for as little as a beverage a day, you may experience an impactful difference in your quality of life.

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Rechargeable hearing aids 

Rechargeable hearing aids are often referred to as hearing aids without batteries. Hearing aids with rechargeable batteries benefit the environment. You no longer need to buy an endless supply of batteries. Rechargeable hearing aids work similarly to rechargeable batteries. Instead of charging the batteries, you simply charge the entire hearing device on its mobile charging pod that comes with them.

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Hearing aid batteries

Hearing aid batteries are a crucial part of the hearing device. A new hearing aid battery will last between three and ten days before you need to replace it. The lifetime of the battery depends on multiple factors, including the hearing aid type, battery type and capacity, and how much you use it. 

 

How to buy the right hearing aids for your needs

Buying hearing aids online or over-the-counter (OTC) without a professional hearing assessment* may seem to be an easy and quick option. However, OTC options rob you of choosing a device that is best for your needs, with help from an experienced professional who is licensed by your state to dispense the best quality and trusted products.

In order to get a hearing aid that best meets your unique hearing needs, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Do some quick research by checking out various the different types of hearing aids online and see what appeals to you.

Step 2 – Make an appointment with a hearing care expert where you can check your hearing and try on different types of hearing aids.

Step 3 – Choose the best hearing aid that suits your needs with the help of your hearing care expert.

Step 4 – Let the hearing care expert fit the chosen hearing aid to your unique hearing needs.

Step 5 – Purchase your hearing aids and wear them at home as a part of your everyday routine. Also, follow any additional steps or recommendations given by your hearing healthcare provider.

Step 6 – If you aren't satisfied, return them and try another type or model if needed. Know we are here for you, and you can come for adjustments if needed.

Why HearingLife?

HearingLife has more than 600 offices across the country served by licensed experts on the latest hearing aid technology. We strive to provide the highest quality care for you and your family. We offer:

  • Complimentary hearing assessments* performed by a hearing care expert.
  • Risk-free trials of hearing aids with the latest and most advanced technology.
  • The opportunity to reach out to your hearing care expert for help or to receive a tune-up on your devices.

Learn more about HearingLife and how we aim to help more people hear better.

 

Getting hearing aids repaired

Like any device, hearing aids may need troubleshooting or repair from time to time for several reasons. You might consider one of several options when having a problem with hearing aids:

  1. Quick fixes – Sometimes routine cleaning and maintenance can fix the issue. We offer a wide array of self-help videos and other tutorials.

  2. Hearing aid repair – HearingLife works closely with device manufacturers and may send them out for repairs.

  3. Replacing your hearing aids – If your hearing aids are beyond repair due to visible damage, extensive repair history, or because they are too old to fix, replacing them might be your best option.

Frequently Asked Questions about hearing aids

Dr. Nishat Fatima
Dr Leslie Soiles, HearingLife's Chief Audiologist

founded HearingLife's Shrewsbury's office (formerly New England Hearing Instruments) in 1996. As a Doctor of Audiology, she has worked with Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians for the first 20 years of her career.

Dr. Soiles serves as Chief Audiologist for HearingLife. Click here to read her complete bio and learn more about her education and background.

**30-Day Risk-Free Trial begins at the date of purchase. If you are not completely satisfied, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund or exchange. Trial period varies by state. See office for complete details and restrictions. This offer is available at most HearingLife offices. Check with your local provider. Information within this offer may vary or be subject to change.
+Calculation based on Premium-style hearing aids based on prices for Opn S 2, Opn 2, Alta 2 Pro and Dynamo 8. Per pair $5.25, Per day $157 per month