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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]

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]

Tampa Bay Alternative to Over the Counter Hearing Aids

Gardner Audiology is a 40-year hearing healthcare company in Tampa Bay, Florida. Their mission statement is to improve the quality of all people’s lives with the best possible hearing.  While they applaud the recent Over The Counter hearing aid legislation, they have found a cost-effective alternative built by Starkey, one of the world’s top six… [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]

Over The Counter Hearing Aids Verses Major Brand Aids

As an audiologist, I’ve been a hearing healthcare provider for over 46 years. This last week I’ve seen a lot of hype about people saving thousands of dollars on hearing aids when they buy over the counter without a proper in person hearing test. But, what exactly are they buying?  First off, buying any hearing… [Read More]