Your Guide to Hearing Aid Solutions | Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates Dive In

09/30/2023 | Hearing Aids, Hearing loss, OTC, Patient Resources, Technology

Looking for a hearing solution is a big task when you don’t know where to begin.  

With so much information available online it can be tricky to tell the difference between genuine advice and advertising. When it comes to your hearing, it’s important you’re getting the right care for your specific challenge.  

Why is this? 

Your hearing loss is completely unique to you, so your hearing solution needs to be too. As much as a one-size-fits-all approach would be ideal, our hearing needs a full assessment and tailored plan for you to see real, lasting results.  

What to Consider 

Before you make a choice on which hearing solution is right for you, there are some factors you need to consider that can affect what will work best. Take a look at the factors below and keep them in mind when you’re making your decision.  

  1. Your hearing loss. How severe is your hearing loss and does it affect both ears? 
  2. Your lifestyle. Where do you spend most of your time? 
  3. Your support needs. What level of support would you prefer? 
  4. Your budget. Are you looking for high-end solutions or a quick fix? 
  5. Your provider. Would you prefer to work with a more personal, independent brand or a corporation? 

Your preferences can help make sure you’re getting the right level of support along with your hearing solution. 

What Are Your Options? 

There is a wide range of options available for you depending on your circumstances—whether your budget or lifestyle is the leading factor in your decision, there are options available for everyone.  

Earphones and Cell Phone Apps [$0-$250] 

Low-priced and easily accessible, you can download apps that can help your phone increase in volume to help you hear better in low-noise settings.

PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplification Products) [$79-$1250] 

These small, easily accessible devices can amplify sounds for you in a low-noise setting using a small built-in microphone

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids [$800-$2500] 

An FDA-approved, one-size-fits-all solution to mild hearing loss. These are easily accessible but come with no support or fitting. 

Online Hearing Aids with Audiological Remote Support [$1850-$2400] 

With an online hearing assessment, these hearing aids are extremely convenient but come with no in-person support or assessment. 

Big-Box Retail Stores [$1250-$4000] 

After receiving a hearing screening and in-person fitting, you’ll receive good-quality hearing aids with basic-level help for cleaning and support. However, you won’t receive any ongoing support or be able to utilize your insurance with this option. 

Audiology Clinic [$2500-$7500] 

Working with a local clinic will give you the opportunity to have your ears and hearing fully assessed to get a full diagnosis of your hearing loss. With a treatment plan that’s built around your hearing, you’ll have access to cutting-edge technology with insurance and payment plans available and a team of experts on hand to guide you through your journey to better hearing. 

Hearing Loss Surgery (Cochlear Implants) [$30,000-$50,000]

If you’re suffering from severe hearing loss, cochlear implant surgery might be a good option for you. Although this is a higher-investment option, you’ll be able to utilize your insurance. You will be required to fill out a form to validate your candidacy. 

If you have any further questions regarding any of these options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! 

Making Your Decision  

With over 40 years of experience serving the local communities of La Grande, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people on their journeys to better hearing.  

Putting you at the center means you’ll always receive a treatment plan that’s specific to your lifestyle and hearing loss so you get the most out of your hearing solution.  

Whether you’re looking for more information or you’d like to book in with us to start your journey, you can contact us here. 

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.

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