Hearing Aids

What to Expect When Buying a Hearing Aid

By law, all hearing aids have a 45 day trial period with a full refund.

Medicare does not cover hearing aids, but they do cover one hearing test per year.

The difference between high and low price aids is essentially performance in noise and sound quality.

It takes multiple visits to fit a hearing aid properly.  The HABRAT article in the "Hearing Loss" tab of this website explains this further.

Well known manufacturers include Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Siemens, Starkey, and Widex.  Each has a niche and none makes a hearing aid that's right for everyone.

The typical price range for hearing aids is from about $1000 to $3000 each.  Refurbished hearing aids are around $500.

What to Expect When Buying a Hearing Aid

By law, all hearing aids have a 45 day trial period with a full refund.

Medicare does not cover hearing aids, but they do cover one hearing test per year.

The difference between high and low price aids is essentially performance in noise and sound quality.

It takes multiple visits to fit a hearing aid properly.  The HABRAT article in the "Hearing Loss" tab of this website explains this further.

Well known manufacturers include Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Siemens, Starkey, and Widex.  Each has a niche and none makes a hearing aid that's right for everyone.

The typical price range for hearing aids is from about $1000 to $3000 each.  Refurbished hearing aids are around $500.

Hearing Aid Maintenance

How to Change a Battery for a RIC or BTE Hearing Aid (center and left hearing aids above).

Changing Hearing Aid Wax Guard and Dome for a RIC Hearing Aid (left hearing aid above).

Cleaning an Earmold on a Behind the Ear Hearing Aid (left hearing aid above).

Reconnecting Bluetooth Hearing Aids

One of the most popular features in hearing aids these days is bluetooth connection to a cell phone.  Hearing aids that can be connected to your cell phone allow you to hear a phone call through your hearing aids, use your phone to control you hearing aids, find your hearing aids if they get lost, and listen to music or podcasts through your hearing aids.  Bluetooth can get disconnected sometimes, so for anyone who wears bluetooth connected aids, here’s a cheat sheet on how to reconnect them:

1) open hearing aid battery doors
2) go to “Settings” on the phone
3) go to “general”
4) go to “accessibility”
5) go to “hearing devices”
6) close hearing aid battery doors
7) choose “forget device”
8) go back to “general” screen
9) go to “accessibility”
10) go to “hearing devices”
11) tap on your name displayed
12) once it displays you name and “L” and “R”, choose it.

ReSound also has a customer connectivity help phone number: 888-735-4327 #1

Reconnecting Bluetooth Hearing Aids

One of the most popular features in hearing aids these days is bluetooth connection to a cell phone.  Hearing aids that can be connected to your cell phone allow you to hear a phone call through your hearing aids, use your phone to control you hearing aids, find your hearing aids if they get lost, and listen to music or podcasts through your hearing aids.  Bluetooth can get disconnected sometimes, so for anyone who wears bluetooth connected aids, here’s a cheat sheet on how to reconnect them:

1) open hearing aid battery doors
2) go to “Settings” on the phone
3) go to “general”
4) go to “accessibility”
5) go to “hearing devices”
6) close hearing aid battery doors
7) choose “forget device”
8) go back to “general” screen
9) go to “accessibility”
10) go to “hearing devices”
11) tap on your name displayed
12) once it displays you name and “L” and “R”, choose it.

ReSound also has a customer connectivity help phone number: 888-735-4327 #1