HEARING AID OVERVIEW
Are you concerned that your hearing is not quite as good as it used to be? If so, you may want to consider getting a hearing evaluation from the experts. When you need hearing aids in Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Torrance or Long Beach there is no better choice than our team.
Before you come in, it is important that you know a little bit about this great hearing loss solution. That is why we have outlined the basics of hearing aids below.
HOW DO HEARING AIDS WORK?
Hearing aids are compact electronic devices that are worn in or behind the ear. They include three core components: a speaker, a microphone, and an amplifier. Hearing aids detect sounds with the microphone and make these noises louder so that the wearer can hear. In addition to amplifying sounds, today’s sophisticated hearing aids also reduce background noise and they utilize artificial intelligence to further improve the hearing experience.
TYPES OF HEARING AIDS
There are several styles of hearing aids, which include:
Our team will discuss each option with you in greater detail. We will help you find the best choice for your condition, budget and lifestyle.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT STYLE FOR YOUR NEEDS
The right hearing aid for you will depend on the severity and cause of your hearing loss. Our team will determine the extent of your condition by conducting a hearing evaluation. We will discuss the costs and benefits of each option so that you can make an informed decision.
When making your decision, you should consider several factors. Find out which features are most useful to alleviate your condition. You should also determine if the hearing aids include a trial period. For example, all of our hearing aids include a 45-day trial.
ADVANTAGES OF DIGITAL HEARING AIDS
At American Hearing and Balance, all of our hearing aid styles are digital. These hearing aids offer several benefits, including:
Selective sound amplification
Improved sound quality
We only carry digital hearing aids because we want to provide our patients with the best results possible.
THE BUZZ ABOUT OVER-THE-COUNTER HEARING AIDS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 instructed the FDA to develop regulations for OTC hearing aids to establish accessible and affordable hearing aids in the U.S.
In October 2022, the over-the-counter hearing aid act finalized its guidelines, creating a new category of FDA-approved OTC hearing aids. These devices will ultimately make hearing devices more affordable and do not require a hearing aid prescription or an evaluation by an audiologist.
WHO CAN GET OVER-THE-COUNTER HEARING AIDS?
Over-the-counter hearing aids are for individuals over 18 with mild to moderate hearing loss. However, as there are different types of hearing loss, OTC hearing aids are not suitable for everyone struggling to hear.
Drugstore reading glasses help many patients whose ability to see up close has declined with age, but they aren’t the right solution for everyone struggling with their eyesight. Similarly, OTC hearing aids are not perfect for everyone with mild to moderate hearing loss.
ARE OVER-THE-COUNTER HEARING AIDS RIGHT FOR ME?
The best way to determine your eligibility for OTC hearing aids is through a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. That way, you can understand the type of hearing loss you’re experiencing and its level of severity.
American Hearing & Balance carries affordable OTC hearing aids in Los Angeles, including earbud-style listening devices. You can visit our offices to obtain a proper diagnosis and discover which hearing aids will work best for you.
Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations today to learn if OTC hearing aids are right for you.
As the premier hearing centers in Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Torrance and Long Beach, American Hearing and Balance carries all major brands. Our selection includes top products that are known for reliability and performance. Not only do we sell quality hearing aids, but we also offer ongoing support. Whether your hearing aids need to be recalibrated or repaired, our professionals can help.
HEARING AID FITTING
Unlike large department stores like Costco, American Hearing and Balance will precisely fit you for your new hearing aids. We make sure that your hearing aids are made just for your ears, which results in improved performance and comfort.
In addition to fittings, we also provide deep cleanings, during which time our staff will gently but thoroughly clean out your ear canal and your hearing aids. We recommend coming in every six months for this deep cleaning to prevent complications such as ear infections or irritation.
American Hearing and Balance is a family-owned facility that always puts its patients first. We understand that getting hearing aids is a huge change to your daily life. With that in mind, we want to make the transition as seamless as possible. Our staff will help with everything, including:
GETTING USED TO WEARING HEARING AIDS
Wearing your hearing aids every day will take some getting used to. Fortunately, our team will be with you every step of the way. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out. Our staff will make sure that you are not experiencing any issues with your new devices.
KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR HEARING AID SETTINGS
During your appointment, one of our team members will teach you how to use your hearing aids. We will walk you through all of the important settings so that you get the most out of your purchase. Our team will show you how to adjust your product to deal with everyday issues, such as:
Hearing your own voice
If you encounter any issues that you cannot resolve independently, we are always a phone call away.
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES WITH FM TECHNOLOGY
Assistive listening devices with FM technology are commonly used during public events and in classroom-like settings. Usually, the keynote speaker or teacher is the one that will wear the FM transmitter microphone. These devices make it easier to understand what other people are saying in noisy environments.
Your digital hearing aids will be compatible with ALD technology. You will have the ability to block out background noise completely or reduce these sounds so that you can focus on the person speaking. We will teach you how to use your hearing aids with these devices.
PRICE AND VALUE OF HEARING AIDS
At American Hearing and Balance, we carry a wide array of digital hearing aids to meet every client’s needs and budget. We offer flexible financing solutions to make your dream of hearing better a reality. Some of the most common questions we get about purchasing hearing aids include:
HOW MUCH ARE HEARING AIDS?
Our hearing aids range from approximately $750 to $3000 per device. That depends on the brand and style of aids that you purchase. Each model has unique features and benefits that are suitable for specific patients.
Currently, most insurance companies, including Medicare, do not cover hearing aids. However, virtually everyone with Medi-Cal insurance qualifies for free hearing aids. If you are worried that you cannot afford hearing aids, talk to us about financing and flexible purchasing options.
CAN I TRY BEFORE I BUY?
Yes! We offer a 45-day trial period on all hearing aid brands and models. If you do not like the hearing aids, feel free to return them at any time within the trial window. You may receive a refund or try a different style or brand of hearing aids. Our goal is for you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. What better way to find out if you will like your hearing aids than to try them out?
DOES MY INSURANCE COVER HEARING AIDS?
As noted above, many insurance companies do not cover traditional hearing aids. However, Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA) are covered. That is because they are anchored to your bone, which means that they are classified as a prosthesis. BAHA hearing aids are an excellent option for patients with severe hearing loss.
If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for BAHA prosthetics, contact us and schedule a hearing evaluation.
Hearing loss is not experienced by everyone in the same way. The hearing aids that are right for one person may not be right for you. Lifestyle, environment and needs vary from person to person. At American Hearing and Balance in Los Angeles, Westchester, Westwood, Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Santa Monica and Long Beach we offer a wide variety of hearing aids from the world’s top manufacturers. We custom fit your hearing aids and we offer a 45-day trial period where you can either receive a refund or try a different style. We’ll work with you to help you find the hearing device that best suits your needs, your lifestyle and your budget. Call or text us today.
WIDEX HEARING AIDS
Widex is one of the largest manufacturers of hearing aids and takes pride in having remained a family-owned company since its inception. The company has a large selection of traditional hearing aids and offers niche products for conditions such as tinnitus. Widex aims to create the best sound quality possible for their customers by continuing to develop their product line. Their research and development has been responsible for countless breakthroughs in hearing aid technology.
STARKEY HEARING AIDS
Starkey Hearing Technologies understands the human element of audiology. For over 50 years, they’ve been able to restore rich, full lives to those with hearing loss through their technology. The company recognizes what a life changing event hearing well again can be — not only for those with hearing loss, but for their families as well. Starkey has a wide variety of hearing aid styles and specialized hearing devices, so every patient can be fitted to meet their needs.
PHONAK HEARING AIDS
Phonak is a globally trusted distributor of hearing aids. They are well known for their wireless and rechargeable products as well as their new dust and water-resistant hearing aids. Phonak also funds a charity called Hear the World, aimed at providing disadvantaged people with hearing loss the ability to hear again.
LYRIC HEARING AIDS
Lyric hearing aids are considered “extended wear” hearing aids and you can wear them comfortably around the clock for months at a time. The devices don’t require batteries and are completely invisible when placed inside your ear. Thanks to their unique design there is minimal signal processing and great sound quality.
UNITRON HEARING AIDS
Unitron is an award-winning manufacturer of hearing aids. They have a unique design approach that focuses on simplicity and appeals to many hearing aid shoppers. With this mindset they’ve been able to create the world’s smallest hearing aid, among other products.
SIGNIA & SIEMENS HEARING AIDS
Signia is a world-leader in hearing aid technology. They’ve developed and perfected countless hearing aids that have been clinically proven to work better than natural hearing. They operate in over 120 countries worldwide and provide millions of people with custom-fit hearing devices.
Siemens is one of the most well-known hearing aid brands under the Signia umbrella. Siemens has been a trusted name in audiology for over a century. With the resources of Signia behind them, they’re able to offer a wider selection of products and styles, while continuing to innovate hearing technology through their superior understanding of hearing loss.
OTICON HEARING AIDS
Oticon is a global leader in hearing science and technology. Oticon wants to ensure that customers are comfortable with their hearing aids so they can get back to enjoying an active lifestyle without interruptions. Each year the company honors their slogan to “put people first” by recognizing those with hearing loss who have positively impacted their local communities.
RESOUND HEARING AIDS
Resound’s hearing aid styles for adults and children are some of the most varied on the market, including models that are among the smallest and most powerful available. In addition, the company offers sophisticated digital technology to meet the specific needs of military veterans and others with special hearing needs.
Patients with hearing loss may be eligible for a free amplified, captioned telephone to help you communicate with others easily and effortlessly. The CaptionCall phone features a transcript of each conversation and an amplified handset that provides loud, clear sound. To qualify for a phone, call or text us and schedule an appointment for a hearing evaluation and we will verify your hearing loss. During your hearing consultation, we will be happy to discuss additional options for improving your communication abilities and reconnecting with friends and loved ones.
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