Yes, many of today's hearing aids feature advanced Bluetooth technology. You can stream sound from your T.V., smartphone, laptop, or any other Bluetooth compatible device directly to your hearing aids. This creates a seamless listening experience without the interference of background noise or having to use an intermediary device.
Yes! Hearing aids with Bluetooth compatibility are able to connect straight to your smartphone. This allows you to control your hearing aids through specific apps. With this control you can stream phone calls, music, videos, and navigation directly to your hearing aids, as well as control the volume level, check battery status, and more!
Talk to your local provider for instructions on how to connect your hearing aids to your smartphone.
With Bluetooth compatible hearing aids you can stream phone calls from loved ones and listen to your favorite music directly from your hearing aids without the assistance of another device.
If you have Bluetooth compatible hearing aids, you can connect to your devices with a few simple steps. Here are some general set-up instructions for pairing your iPhone with your hearing aids.
When you get used to making hearing aids a part of your routine, they can be quite easy to care for.
Moisture and earwax buildup are the two biggest reasons for repairs on hearing aids, so cleaning them regularly is important. The best (and the easiest) way to do this is by purchasing a cleaning and drying kit. Putting your devices into the kit at night will remove moisture while also killing germs and bacteria. You can also use a clean, gentle cloth to wipe excess dust and earwax off.
The most difficult part of maintaining your hearing aids is not losing them! They can be quite small and easy to misplace, so make sure that whenever you take them out of your ear, you're returning them to their case.
When you have untreated hearing loss, your brain gets accustomed to its current hearing ability. It forgets what it's like to hear at a normal volume. For this reason, sounds can seem startlingly loud or unnatural when you first start using hearing aids. However, this doesn't last long. The more you use your new devices, the more quickly your brain can readjust and define a "new" normal.
Since the majority of the parts in hearing aids are plastic, they shouldn’t set off any metal detectors.
If you’re at an airport and they ask you to remove your devices so that they can be x-rayed, you can tell the TSA official that you’d prefer to have a manual, physical inspection of the devices. Visit www.tsa.gov for more information.
An ear impression is a silicone-based mold made from the exact shape of your ear or ear canal. It's needed in order to create in-the-ear, in-the-canal, or completely-in-the-canal hearing aids, as well as custom-fit earplugs, musician's earplugs, or swimmer's plugs.
The process for making an ear mold is easy and painless. Your hearing health professional will place a soft, doughy material into your ear and let it sit for a few minutes and mold into shape. Once it has hardened, they will remove the material and have a completely accurate model of your ear to send to the hearing aid manufacturer.
Hearing aids can take some getting used to. Hearing loss does not just reside in the ears, but in the brain as well. When someone has hearing loss, the auditory cortex in the brain adjusts in order to cope. When a hearing aid is used, sounds are sent to the brain at a closer to normal volume and clearness, causing the brain to react in a surprised way. This will result in things sounding too loud, or the tone of your voice sounding like you're talking in a barrel. Certain sounds, like the wind, might be alarming to you at first since it's been a while since you've been able to clearly hear. Don't worry though, the brain will adjust and everything will start to sound normal again. Be patient and realize that the more you wear your hearing aids the more your brain will get used to forgotten sounds. We recommend wearing them most of the time you're awake. Strike up conversations to see how it feels to be speaking to someone and wait a few weeks until you try them out in a noisy environment as it can be overwhelming for new users at first.
On a basic level, today's hearing aids receive sound through a microphone and transmit it into the ear through a speaker.
When something is digital, it means that incoming signals (whether sounds or images) are converted into numbers that are then processed using complicated mathematical equations called algorithms. Instead of computer chips dealing with bulkier modes of information, digital signals can be broken down into minute parts that are manipulated much easier. For hearing aids, this means that when the chip in a device receives digital information, it uses complex algorithms to manipulate the sound. As a result, it's possible for a hearing device to keep the sounds that are important and eliminate the sounds that are not. This technology is so complex that it can actually reduce background noise in the tiny pauses between syllables of speech. It also means that the hearing aid has multiple settings that can be changed. If someone's hearing loss worsens, that doesn't necessarily mean that they have to get a new hearing device; the existing one can be reprogrammed for the current hearing loss. Devices can also be programmed to adjust to a user's different common environments.
Have you ever been talking at a party and noticed that you could barely make out what the people around you were saying? This happens because of the background noise. Today’s hearing aids are equipped to cut through background noise and use directional microphones to help you focus on the sounds you want to hear.
No. If it were possible for a microwave to interfere with electronics, then this would also be an issue for cell phones. Your hearing aids will perform just fine when you are safely using a microwave.
While all of today's hearing aids offer exceptional sound quality and comfort, certain styles may be preferable to others based on your ears and hearing ability.
For example, if you have profound hearing loss and require a more powerful hearing aid, behind-the-ear hearing aids would be best for you because they hold larger batteries. If you have dexterity issues, very small styles such as in-the-canal or completely-in-the-canal hearing aids may not be the right choice for you, because the controls on these devices are tiny. Your local EarQ provider can work with you to find the style that best matches your needs.
Today's quality hearing aids are digital; however, people who have worn hearing aids—or known someone who has—for many years, may be familiar with analog hearing aids.
All hearing aids receive sound through a microphone and transmit it into the ear through a speaker. However, they process sounds in different ways. Analog hearing aids convert sound waves into electrical signals which then get amplified. They're custom built and programmed by the manufacturer based on recommendations from an audiologist or licensed hearing aid dispenser.
Digital hearing aids, on the other hand, convert sound waves into number codes (like a computer) before they get amplified. This helps to make sounds clearer as well as louder, and it gives the hearing health professional more options to program and adjust the aid to your needs and environments.
Open fit hearing aids do not completely fill your ear canal. Instead, an open fit device is usually a discreet, behind-the-ear hearing aid with a small tube or wire that connects to a speaker in the ear canal.
Custom fit hearing aids are just that—custom molded to fit inside your ear canal. They can be completely inside the ear canal, fit partly inside, fill the lower portion of the outer ear, or fill most of the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear.
Cochlear implants are small electronic devices that are surgically placed under the skin behind the ear. They help people with severe or profound hearing loss or deafness. They work by avoiding the damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulating the auditory nerve. The auditory nerve then sends the signals directly to the brain so that you can recognize sound patterns.
As the name suggests, a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is surgically attached to the bone behind your ear. These small devices can transmit sound vibrations directly to your inner ear through your skull, avoiding the middle ear completely. Therefore, a bone-anchored hearing aid may be an option for you if your hearing loss stems from problems in the middle ear.
BTE: Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids have the majority of its parts resting behind the ear. In the piece behind the ear is a small, clear plastic tub that is connected to the part that rests inside the ear. The wearer can either have a custom ear mold (the part that sends the sound to the ear is shaped to the ear canal) or a tiny speaker piece that goes in the ear canal. These devices are small and discreet. Because the majority of parts are outside of the ear canal, repairs are needed less since the device isn't as susceptible to moisture and earwax build up.
ITE: In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids rests entirely in the ear canal. A mold of the ear canal is taken in order to create a custom shape to make sure the hearing aid fits properly. While this customization is available in a few different styles of hearing aids, ITEs are the largest of the custom aids. It may be more visible, but only marginally so, and that allows more technology to be included in the device.
ITC: In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are another type that utilizes the custom ear mold. Smaller than ITEs, ITCs have less power so they are not suitable for severe types of hearing loss. These also may be a little more challenging to use for those with dexterity difficulties.
CIC: Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) devices are extremely small in size and fit farther into the ear canal, making them less visible. Because of their small size the user must have fairly good dexterity to insert and remove these from the ear.
While most batteries last anywhere from 5-14 days, the amount of time you can expect your hearing aid batteries to last depends on several factors:
Luckily, there are some simple ways you can extend the life of your battery and save yourself money in the long-run.
Hearing aids make it easy to know when it's time to change their batteries. When the battery is dying, your hearing aid will start beeping and continue until the battery is empty or is changed.
Rechargeable hearing aids allow you to hear your best without having to deal with the timely and costly upkeep of replacing batteries. Some of the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids include:
While some insurance plans offer coverage of hearing aids and other hearing healthcare services, others do not. If your plan doesn’t offer any coverage, your audiologist or other hearing healthcare professional will work with you to find the best hearing aids in your price range. Many offices also offer great financing options.
Financing options vary from practice to practice. Some accept payment plans, CareCredit, or other forms of repayment. Some practices, however, do not have any financing options in place. When you search for a provider, click on their individual bios to see what financing options are available.
In order to find the best hearing aids for your lifestyle and budget, you should first make an appointment with an audiologist or licensed hearing aid specialist in your area. Find your provider here. After they perform a simple hearing evaluation, they'll determine the type and severity of your individual hearing loss and discuss which hearing aids in your price range will be the best for you.
It's important that you're selecting hearing aids that are easy for you to use and fit comfortably into your lifestyle. Otherwise, you may not be satisfied with your devices or use them on a consistent basis. You should also consider the warranty, necessary maintenance, repair costs, upgrade options, and the hearing aid company's customer service.
After you have your hearing evaluated, your hearing health professional will help you pick a device that works for your hearing and lifestyle needs. Some also allow trial periods where you can test the hearing aids for a period of time before you decide to purchase them.
If you aren't satisfied with hearing aids you purchased, don't just put them in a drawer and forget about them. Talk with your hearing health professional to find a better option so that you can get back to hearing your best.
It’s only natural that you’d want to read some consumer reviews on hearing aids before you decide which one to purchase. However, this may not be as helpful for you as you think it would be.
Hearing aids have hundreds of variables to consider. Everyone’s hearing loss is different, so everyone’s experience wearing a hearing device is going to be different. Each device is programmed according to the individual’s needs and preferences, and everyone uses their hearing devices in different environments. There’s no way to know what your experience will be with a hearing device until you wear it.
It’s for this reason that we don’t recommend using hearing aid reviews to make a choice. Rest assured that your EarQ provider will give you an array of options and take the time to go through the benefits of each product. You’ll be able to make an educated decision on which hearing aid is right for you.
Many people do experience a bit of sticker shock when they first consider purchasing hearing aids. However, there is a lot of technology packed into that little device, and many follow-up services are likely included in the price. Your audiologist or licensed hearing aid dispenser will be there with you every step of the way, helping you to adjust and understanding what you’re going through. There is really no substitute for high-quality service and a relationship like this.
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Purchasing a hearing aid online or from a big-box retailer is not a good substitute for visiting a qualified hearing health provider. You deserve more attention and service than you'd get through these channels.
While you may see ads for sound amplifiers or other hearing devices online, remember that hearing aids are medical devices regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In order to perform properly, they must be programed to best suit your personal level of hearing loss and adjusted to fit comfortably to your ears. Hearing loss is complex, and simply turning the volume up will not improve your hearing. Today's hearing aid technology can reduce the volume on unimportant sounds and amplify others, increasing your level of understanding.
To help ensure your safety, health, and happiness, it is very important that you work with an audiologist or licensed hearing healthcare specialist to find the right hearing aids for you. Find a provider here.
When you purchase Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids, you are not just losing out on the benefits of today's hearing technology, but the expert care and support from your hearing professional as well. OTC hearing aids are not programmed for your specific hearing needs and environment, so they won't give you the same individualized treatment for your unique hearing loss. They come preprogrammed, meaning they are not adjusted to your individual needs. Hearing healthcare professionals have gone through extensive training and coursework in order to keep up-to-date with advancing technology, and to provide you with the best care possible.
If you're considering purchasing OTC hearing aids you should still get your hearing checked by a hearing professional. Hearing loss can be the result of an underlying health issue. Hearing healthcare providers can help determine the root cause of your hearing loss, and if needed, they can refer you to a specialist. And, if you're just not sure yet if hearing aids are right for you, many providers can give you a trial period to test out a pair of hearing aids risk free.
Since all hearing devices are customized for your individual needs and hearing loss, it’s not recommended that you purchase used hearing aids.
Most hearing aids do come with some sort of warranty. It's always a good idea to make sure you understand your warranty at the time of purchase. The security of knowing that repairs are covered at no cost will give you the peace of mind to use them without worry.
All EarQ-branded hearing aids come with our 4-Year Warranty, which is the longest warranty in the United States.
If your hearing aids get lost and they’re still under warranty, contact your provider. Many manufacturer warranties will replace a lost hearing aid within two years after you’ve purchased the device, but it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
No. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a personal sound amplification product (PSAP) is a wearable electronic product that is not intended to compensate for hearing loss. They’re meant to amplify quiet sounds in the environment for people who have a normal hearing ability, like when a hunter is listening for a deer.
Attention: PSAPs are not hearing aids and should not be used to substitute or replace hearing aids. They are not medical devices and do not require a prescription. While the technology found in PSAPs may appear similar to that found in a hearing aid, it’s of an inferior quality and could damage your hearing even further.
If you decide your hearing aids aren’t the best match for you, your audiologist or licensed hearing healthcare specialist will listen to your concerns and recommend other options to better suit your needs. Many offices offer device trial periods so that you can wear the hearing aids in various environments and decide if they are a perfect fit.
You will find the most satisfaction from your devices if you wear them during the hours you're awake (don't wear them swimming or in the shower). This consistency will help your brain adjust to the new amplification. You should take your devices out while you sleep in order to let your ears breathe.
Once you hear all of the sounds you've been missing, you won't want to take them out!
Yes! Here are several tips to help your ears and your brain get accustomed to new hearing aids:
It's important to clean your hearing aids regularly because earwax can build up and cause damage. It's also important to keep them away from heat and moisture. You can get a cleaning and drying kit to help you do all of this. When they're not in use, turn them off and put them in the case that comes with the kit to remove moisture and kill germs and bacteria.
A little bit of wax in your hearing aid is unavoidable, and they're designed to handle this. If earwax does build up to the point where it's affecting the device's performance, your EarQ provider can easily clean it. Don't use cotton swabs to clean your ears, as this creates more problems than it solves. Your ear is self-cleaning, and a little bit of wax is normal. However, you can clean the outer part of your ear with a damp washcloth wrapped around your finger. Your finger shouldn't go into your ear canal, as that could damage part of your inner ear.
It's fairly common to have some irritation in the ear canal while you're getting used to wearing hearing aids, but if the problem persists, there are a few things you can do.
Make sure you're keeping your devices and ear molds clean and dry. If you don't, they can grow bacteria and fungus. A low-grade bacterial or fungal infection can be a source of itchiness and irritation. Also check your ear canal for any scratches or cuts. An ear mold in the canal can make a scratch or cut hard to heal, causing irritation.
Otherwise, you may be experiencing an allergy to the color or tint of the material. Speak to your local provider about getting a hypo-allergenic ear mold.
While whistling used to be a real concern for hearing aid users in the past, today's devices feature automatic feedback cancellation technology. That means you can enjoy the outdoors on a breezy day, get out on the dance floor, and enjoy the atmosphere of a busy restaurant without the worry of your devices whistling or squealing. If your hearing aids are whistling, there may be a problem with how the sound is being transmitted through your ear canal. Talk to your provider about this problem. They will be able to make adjustments to help.
When you first start wearing hearing aids, there is an adjustment period. It takes your brain a little time to get used to hearing clearly again, and that includes hearing the sound of your own voice. Rest assured that this is completely normal, and it will fix itself after a short time.
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