HOW MUCH DO HEARING AIDS COST?
The cost of a hearing aid will depend on your individual needs. All hearing aids are digital, but some offer features like Bluetooth, automatic remote controls, etc., which are more costly. More basic units that don’t offer these features will not be as expensive.
WHY ARE HEARING AIDS SO EXPENSIVE?
All hearing aids today are digital, which means you are wearing a computer on your ears. There is a lot of research and development, which costs millions of dollars, that goes into each hearing aid.
CAN I USE MY WIFE’S OLD HEARING AIDS?
Probably not. If the aids were ‘custom’ molded to your wife’s ear, then they probably will not fit you. Plus, an older hearing aid cannot be warrantied for service and repairs.
DOES MEDICARE PAY FOR HEARING AIDS?
Medicare (retirement health insurance) does not pay and has never paid for hearing aids. If your neighbor insists that Medicare paid for their great-aunt’s hearing aids, they are simply misinformed or mistaken.
HOW MUCH WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR HEARING AIDS?
Most health insurance plans do not cover hearing aids at all. Some do, but the coverage varies greatly by insurance provider. Some offer just a fixed amount (maybe ear), while others pay a great deal more. Check with your insurance company, but do not be surprised if they offer no coverage.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR TWO HEARING AIDS?
Yes, if you have hearing loss in both ears, you will hear and understand much better by wearing two hearing aids. Hearing aids are designed to help you hear and understand speech better, so using two aids will make it much easier to function in noise, groups, church, etc.
WILL MY HEARING GET WORSE?
That is an impossible question to answer. Your hearing may change or regress over time from your first hearing aid fitting. However, many people have hearing losses that remain unchanged for years.
HOW LONG WILL MY HEARING AIDS LAST?
Most hearing aids can easily last 4-5 years if you take care of them, have them serviced regularly, and don’t subject them to any major abuse (heat and humidity will destroy hearing aids). Even in this digital age, there are plastic and mechanical components that wear out over time.
DO HEARING AIDS USE BATTERIES? HOW LONG DO BATTERIES LAST?
All hearing aids use batteries. They must have electricity to run the computer chips inside the hearing aids.
IS HEARING LOSS HEREDITARY?
Some hearing loss is hereditary and can run in families. Most hearing loss, however, is usually environmental and caused by excessive noise exposure over a lifetime.
DO YOU SLEEP IN YOUR HEARING AIDS?
No, you do not need to sleep in your hearing aids. They will probably squeal on you and could easily fall off and get lost.
CAN I WEAR THEM MOWING THE LAWN?
You should NOT wear your hearing aids while mowing the lawn or during other activities where you are around loud noise and you will be sweating. Instead, you should be wearing hearing protection to help reduce any further hearing loss.
CAN I WEAR THEM IN THE SHOWER?
NO! You wouldn’t wear your glasses in the shower, so don’t wear your hearing aids in the shower or when washing your hair.
CAN I WEAR HEARING AIDS IF I USE A PACEMAKER?
YES! There is no issue with wearing hearing aids with pacemakers or other medical devices.