Warning Signs of Hearing Loss

Most time, you are the last person to realize you have hearing loss. Hearing loss typically comes on very gradually over many years. The changes happen a little at a time and often you do not realize the sounds you are missing until you hear them again! By the time you recognize you are having […]

4 Myths About Hearing Loss

There are numerous misconceptions regarding hearing loss. I would like to address several of them.  Only old people have hearing loss. False! While hearing loss is more prevalent in the older generation, anyone can have hearing loss. Some babies are born with hearing loss. Some hearing loss is genetic, some caused by ototoxic medications. Some […]

2023 Hearing Aid Insurance Benefits in Tampa Bay

I am often asked if insurance pays for hearing aids. There is no short answer to this question. Medicare does NOT cover hearing aids. Some Medicare Advantage plans have a dollar amount benefit towards hearing aids, while others offer a “discount” on hearing aids. Be very wary of the discount pricing because often times they […]

Hearing Aid Brands Compared

There are 6 major worldwide manufacturers of hearing aids. Each of those companies offer very high-quality products and one manufacturer is not better than another. Every manufacturer offers several levels of technology. When deciding what hearing aid to try, consider your lifestyle, not the name on the hearing aid. Some hearing aids have noise management […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]