Myths and Facts on Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss
Can you buy hearing aids or hearing assisted devices over the internet?
Yes! The Medical Devices Amendment (MDA) o the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act, 21 U.S.C. §360(k). and Federal Law (21 C.F.R. §801.421(a)), makes an auditory examination optional prior to any hearing aid purchase. The new laws make it possible for those over 18 years to purchase a hearing device or hearing aid without an audiologist’s need to fit or test you for it. This law also allows hearing aid companies to sell their aids to you independently. But before you do, please look at all the alternatives to improving your hearing using natural methods before getting an aid.
How will you benefit from using a hearing aid?
You will return to the world of hearing again. Like hearing leaves in the trees.
You stop getting frustrated trying to understand what others are saying to you.
You will stop having trouble hearing in noisy backgrounds.
You can stop turning the TV or stereo up so loud it deafens others.
You can stop missing parts of phone conversations.
You can stop avoiding places that are too noisy for you.
Family and friends need not get upset repeatedly asking you to repeat yourself.
You will not keep subjecting yourself to loneliness and isolation.
Why try hearing aids?
The longer you wait the more difficult it is to return to improved hearing ability.
Most importantly, hearing loss has recently been linked to dementia.
Hearing aid companies provide new state of the art 100% digital technologies.
Return to nature an all the beautiful sounds there are to hear.
Enjoy being a social person again.
How do hearing aids work?
Think of your hearing aid as a little mini computer or iPhone. First a microphone picks up the sounds around you and changes them into a digital signal that is then sent to a sound amplifier.
Then an electronic circuit increases the volumes of the human voices and at the same time minimizes the background sounds and then sends the data to a receiver.
Then a receiver and speaker changes the signal back again to an acoustic sound wave and sends the sound back into the ear. Those impulses are then sent to the brain for decoding into sounds.
What are the limitations or down side of using hearing aids?
Many people think that hearing aids will restore your natural hearing. Sadly, this is not true. It will also take some time, months even, to restore some of your hearing capacity depending on how long you waited to get one. It’s a whole brain re-learning or re-training process.
Hearing aids require a whole lot of research. Hours and days of research in fact. It’s not easy to find specifically what you are looking for, that will meet your criteria. Do you want looping, directional hearing, blue tooth savvy etc. etc. etc.
At first, your new hearing aids will hear your voice very loudly until it subsides months later. Similarly, heart patients with new heart valves say they can hear their new heart valves pumping loudly in their ears for the first few months after surgery.
People are usually surprised to find out that hearing aids start breaking down after two years and usually only last about five years before a new one is needed for a number of reasons. One of them being, they are considered obsolete by industry standards. This fact really calls into question charging huge amounts of money for a hearing device that you will need to replace, while still carrying out the payments from the previous one.
Why do Audiologists charge so much for a hearing aid?
Presently audiologist and hearing aid manufacturers have a monopoly on the hearing aid business. So the simple reason is that they charge whatever they can get away with.
Unfortunately there are only ten thousand audiologists in North America and 36 million baby boomers looking for help. Those that cannot afford the heavy price tag, will go on to suffer dementia and isolation because of this monopoly. Not to mention the stress this puts on the family.
Audiologists do not understand that they are basically sentencing everyone who cannot afford thousands of dollars for a hearing aid, to a miserable and unhappy retirement. For an hearing aid that costs less to make than an iPhone.
Do we service locally?
No! Our hearing assisted devices are for people who cannot otherwise afford the thousands of dollars normally charged for a hearing aid. They normally come with interchangeable hearing aid ear tips that are sized small, medium, and large. These meet all the sizes required by any average person. If you needed our service for your aid, please use the mail.
What do hearing aids cost?
Hearing aids used to cost between fifteen hundred to six thousand dollars each. Our hearing aids are very affordable. Around thirty dollars to three hundred for the inexpensive ones. The higher end hearing aids we represent go for about four hundred to eleven thousand dollars. Also, two ears need two aids, it’s important.
Don’t forget to include the cost and ongoing costs of the replacement batteries you will need to use unless you have a battery recharger. There are new hearing aids that now come with a “charge a stand” for recharging your batteries.
How long do batteries last?
Batteries sizes that are commonly used in hearing aids today are
size 10, size 13 and size 312.
Most large retailers have these batteries on their shelves.
Size 19 batteries last for about 60-80 hours or 16-18 days.
Size 13 batteries last almost 230 hours or 3-4 weeks.
312s will last up to 160 hours or 16-18 days.
675s will give you up to 330 hours and last 4-6 weeks.
There are rechargeable batteries that cost around twenty dollars but come with a disclaimer. Batteries may not last one full day (approx. 20 hrs.) due to the limited capacity of rechargeable batteries. Be careful, some hearing aids do not recommend using rechargeable’s.
Battery use Protection and costs.
Here are a couple of important hints to keep in mind while handling batteries.
Always store your batteries at room temperature. Not to high, not to low. Extremely high temperatures will shorten the life of a battery and keeping them in the fridge is not advised.
Another hint is do not keep your hearing aid batteries where other metal objects come into contact with them like a purse with coins or your glove box in your car or a drawer. Batteries can short out when they come into contact with other metal.
Battery cost are still going up. Here are some averages for battery costs.
Size 10 will cost an average of $150 per year.
Size 312 an average cost of $80 per year.
Size 13 an average cost of $50 per year.
Size 675: an average cost of $30 per year.
Can I have my hearing aids for a trial period?
Most of our hearing aids come with a sixty or ninety day money back guarantee that usually starts from the day you purchased them.
Can I get a refund?
Hearing aids normally come with a refund provided you return them within the time given by the company you purchased them from. Usually thirty to sixty days.
Do my hearing aids come with a warranty?
Hearing aids come with a one or two year warranty depending on the ones you purchase. Warranties specifically only cover defects in manufacture. If an aid shows abnormal wear, improper handling, chemical usage, or was penetrated by moisture. Then the warranty is usually null and void. Of course for an additional price you can always get extended warranties. Some even cover loss or damage. It’s up to you to read the warranty thoroughly.
Are maintenance and repairs covered by the warranty?
Most warranty providers will repair or replace any defective aids in the time period given.
Do I need a medical exam to purchase a hearing aid on the internet?
We are required to advise potential customers that The FDA has determined that it is in your best interest to obtain medical evaluation prior to obtaining a hearing device. We encourage a respectful relationship between you and your audiologist, there is no legal requirement for to have an exam in order to purchase a hearing aid. The FDA does require that you read and agree to the following before your purchase.
“Waiver for Medical Evaluation” Requirements:
“This is to inform you that the Food and Drug Administration has determined that it is in your best health interest to obtain a medical evaluation by a licensed physician, who specializes in diseases of the ear; then to be tested by an audiologist, or hearing aid dispenser utilizing established procedures and instrumentation in the fitting of hearing instruments.”
Do I have to sign anything?
No! Ordering a hearing aid or listening device from this website constitutes your acknowledgment and acceptance of this “waiver to a medical evaluation” and it’s attendant requirements.
Are there supplements that can help improve my hearing?
Yes! There is an article on this website devoted to natural remedies and clear recommendations of all the minerals, supplements and nutritional foods that can assist you with returning some of your hearing loss.
If I wait to buy an aid will my hearing get worse?
Yes! As we age our hearing deteriorates much more quickly. As your hearing worsens it will make it more difficult for you to return to improved hearing when you do get one.
Which is better, one hearing aid or two?
You hear out of two ears, so get two aids. In the past this was prohibitively expensive. Not anymore! Your brain processes sounds. If there’s no sound to process the muscles or nerve pathways will atrophy or get lazy and die.
This will make returning to hearing harder when you begin using an aid. Today two thirds of hearing aid users use two aids and enthusiastically support the use of two aids for better hearing. Using two aids is also more helpful when it comes to locating the origins of sounds you’re hearing. Research shows that only using one aid can cause the other ear or good ear to lose its effectiveness.
Digital or analog, is there a difference?
Mostly old timers still have some analog hearing aids around, but they are quickly being replaced by the new digital ones with many more features. The analog is like a sound amplification device. Unfortunately they amplify all the sounds (even the one’s you don’t want) which makes them a bit bothersome.
It’s important to be aware that many hearing aids advertise their products as being digital or digital programmable, just because they are programmed with a computer. They are not 100% digital hearing aids. They are inferior analog products. We ask that you carefully read and understand what you are buying. If the product states that they are 100% digital, then you are getting the best product available with the latest in technological advances.
What are the differences between Directional, Omni-directional and Adaptive directional microphones?
The directional microphone amplifies sounds coming from a frontal direction more and amplifies sounds coming from behind you less. This one is better in noisy circumstances like a restaurants. The directional microphone works best when the person you are listening to is very close.
The Omnidirectional microphone is used for listening situations where voices are coming from directions all around you. They are generally used in quiet listening setting of your home.
Adaptive Directional Microphones attempt to source where the sound is coming from around you by the hearing aid processor and amplify it to make it louder than the rest.
If I get a hearing aid, will it work for me?
The amount of satisfaction you receive with your aid depends on many things.
Like how long you have experienced hearing loss? Is it just in one ear or both? What is the degree or severity of your hearing loss? Can you afford two aids? If you’re expecting a sudden 100% return to full hearing, you’re setting yourself up for an upset. There are no 100% guarantees. All you can do is purchase one. Try it out for sixty days and see for yourself. There is no one aid that works for everyone. We wish!
What are hearing aid bands or channels?
Hearing aid bands or channels divide the range of frequencies we hear from 250 Hz to 6000 Hz on average, and makes them into smaller units of sound called bands or channels. By controlling these channels you can control the specific frequencies yourself. Even though our hearing can detect sounds in the 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz range, hearing aids range on average from 250 to 6000 Hz. Some aids have an ability to change the frequency by “tapping” with the finger to accommodate for the different sound environments.
The audiogram and the Audiometer?
Audiograms are what the audiologists use as a standard to chart your hearing deficiency. They cover a range from 100 Hz to 8000 Hz or 8 kilohertz which is required for speech and understanding. Audiometers are calibrated to make sounds at pitches reflected in speech. The tool is used to track the volume level that you detect in each tone or pitch across a wide range of frequencies that speech takes place in.
Does my hearing aid have a memory?
Yes. It should have at least a three or four programs available for you. One for regular use. One for noisy situations. One for listening to music and one for the phone. Much like your radio is programmed for your special stations, hearing aids can do the same.
When my hearing aid quits, what can I do?
When you notice a lack of amplification or maybe even none at all, start by first removing the tube from your hearing aid and draw a cleaning wire through it a few times for good measure. Be sure to take the tube out before cleaning or some debris could be pushed into the hearing aids casing and void your warranty.
A fast way to see if the problem is with the instrument or the tube is to replace the battery. After replacement, wait a half minute and turn the volume all the way up while the aid is in the palm of your hand. Make a fist slowly. A squealing sound should be coming from your aid or hearing device. Maybe a friend could help you with this if you have high range hearing loss.
If there’s a squealing sound then the problem is with the tube. Follow the steps to clean the tube. If the aid does not amplify the sound and still squeals you may need to replace the tube. Changing your tube every few months is highly recommended.
If your hearing device makes no sound at all, then it’s likely you need to replace or repair it.
How do I care for and clean my hearing device?
Be very careful not to get your hearing device wet or handle it roughly.
It should be kept away from moisture and heat at all times.
Battery life is extended when you turn them off while not in use.
Do not use hairspray or other similar products while using your hearing aid.
Replace your used batteries as soon as they wear out.
Please. Keep your hearing aids out of the reach of children.
And remember, restoring your hearing using natural means will always win out in the end.