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What To Expect At Your Hearing Aid Fitting

You have had your initial visit with the audiologist and been evaluated. You have learned about your options regarding style of hearing aid and technology that suits your life style and have selected hearing aids. What next? Once your hearing aids have been ordered and received, you will return to our office to be fitted… [Read More]

Medicare Coverage for Hearing Aids in Tampa Bay

With open enrollment in full swing, patients often ask me if insurance covers the cost of hearing aids. Medicare does not cover hearing aids under any circumstances. While the discussion of covering hearing aids, glasses, and teeth has been happening in Washington, Medicare does not have the funding at this time to cover those items. … [Read More]

Properly Fitted Hearing Aids in Tampa Bay cost less than some OTC Models

In the last few weeks, I have been repeatedly questioned about Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aids by my patients. Often these questions are asked while I am prescription fitting their new hearing aids. We have a process for fitting and verifying proper settings on the hearing aids we fit. We utilize Real Ear Speech Mapping to… [Read More]

Valid Hearing Testing Recommended before OTC Purchase

The implementation of Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aids has raised many questions from the consumer. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how will the hearing aids be adjusted properly without a proper hearing test? The short answer is, without a proper test the hearing aids will likely NOT be adjusted properly.   On-line… [Read More]

Differences in Hearing Aid Technology

I am often asked why there is such a range in prices in hearing aids and what are differences between the hearing aids. All hearing aid manufacturers created different levels of technology, from a basic lower cost hearing aid to the top of the line, most expensive hearing aid. The primary differences between the levels… [Read More]

Rechargeable and Bluetooth Hearing Aid Challenges

Two of the biggest buzz words in hearing aids are rechargeability and Bluetooth.  Both make me smile….and cringe!  As with most things, there are pros and cons to both.  Let’s start with rechargeable hearing aids. Most of the hearing aids I fit these days are rechargeable.  It is hard to get past the convenience of… [Read More]

How to Research OTC Hearing Aids

Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aids are now approved by the FDA.  Before purchasing, do your homework!  Not all OTC hearing aids are created equally.  Decided what features are most important to you and then read, read, read the reviews from others who have tried those devices.  Some hearing aids are more cosmetically transparent than others. Some… [Read More]

How to Shop for Over The Counter Hearing Aids

With Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aids being the latest buzz word, my patients ask me about them every day. Everyone expects them to be much cheaper than hearing aids that are fitted in person. This is not necessarily true.   I expect OTC hearing aids to sell for around the $500 mark. Personal sound amplifiers (PSAPS) are… [Read More]

Which OTC Hearing Aid Is Best For Me?

Now that Over-The-Counter hearing aids are being offered, how do you know which device is best for you?  Without guidance from a professional, you will need to do you due diligence before ordering.  Are you choosing an off brand or one from a known worldwide manufacturer of hearing aids? This may be important if you… [Read More]

Limitations of Online Hearing Tests

When considering Over-The-Counter hearing aids, just how accurate are those online hearing tests? The short answer is…not very!  There are many variables that cannot be controlled that will result in inaccurate test results. Those tests also cannot tell if you have wax in your ears. They cannot tell what type of hearing loss you have… [Read More]