Hearing Aid Q & A – Volume 1

Hearing Aid Q & A – Volume 1

Which hearing aids are the best?

There is no easy answer to this question.  Each brand of hearing aids have unique features and programming capabilities.  There may be a “best” hearing aid for your hearing loss, but not one hearing aid that is “best” overall.  There are many choices when it comes to hearing aids, so it is important to consult a professional for proper testing and evaluation in order to determine the “best” hearing device for you.

Which hearing aids are rated the best?

This is a difficult question to answer.  If you look online to find the best rated hearing aid, you will find multiple advertisements and studies that rate hearing aids.  The problem is that there has not been a scientific study in a controlled environment that tests the exact same features and sound quality in multiple listening environments.  There are top manufacturers in the industry that are trusted.  The best rated hearing aid would be the one that works for your hearing loss and comes with the best customer service package.  Hearing aids are mechanical devices and they will fail.  It’s how the manufacturer and your audiology practice respond to your situation that will determine how well a hearing aid is rated.

Which hearing aids are rechargeable?

Rechargeable batteries are much more common now than they were in previous years.  All of the top manufacturers of hearings aids have at least one model of hearing aid that comes with rechargeable batteries.  The top hearing aids manufacturers include: Widex, ReSound, Phonak, Signia, Oticon, and Unitron.

Which hearing aids are covered by Medicare?

Hearing aids are not currently covered by Medicare.  However, in October 2019, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed legislation that will make hearing aids more accessible for seniors with Medicare coverage.  The Medicare Hearing Act of 2019, H.R. 4618 provides coverage under Medicare Part B.  The bill was revised by professionals in the hearing care industry and currently awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.

Which hearing aids are iPhone compatible?

Each of the major hearing aid manufacturers have a hearing aid that directly connects to an Apple product.  If you have older hearing aid technology, there may be other accessories that will allow your hearing aids to pair with a television or cellphone.  This of course depends on your make, manufacturer, and model of hearing aid.