Hearing aids are designed to overcome the loss of hearing by amplifying sounds as they reach the ear. The more sophisticated the hearing aid, the greater its ability to manipulate the sounds in order for you to understand speech and other sounds. However, every hearing loss is as unique as a fingerprint. Because of this, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution.
Our hearing specialists, such as otolaryngologists and audiologists, understand the difficulties in matching the appropriate hearing aid to your type of hearing loss. That’s one reason our clinics dispense hearing aids.
Federal law requires that everyone receive a medical evaluation for hearing loss before they can buy a hearing aid. You can receive a waiver for this if you are 18 years old or older, but we strongly recommend you see your physician before making a decision on hearing aids. One reason is that there may be a treatable medical condition causing your hearing loss that only a medical examination will reveal.
Hearing aids cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars because there are many different types. Some are disposable, others are programmable and digital, some offer only a mild boost in sound while others are very powerful.