With many fears and misconceptions circulating around hearing aids, many patients are surprised to discover just how far hearing aids have come over the years.

Audiologist Explains Everything You Need To Know Before Getting Hearing Aids

by | Sep 6, 2022 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources

Purchasing hearing aids is a big step, so it’s only natural to have questions beforehand.

Each day, we deal with dozens of patients who are completely new to hearing technology. Naturally, they come with questions regarding price, appearance, and functionality.

With many fears and misconceptions circulating around hearing aids, many patients are surprised to discover just how far hearing aids have come over the years. There’s just about a hearing aid for every person!

So to help you make a better and more informed decision, I’ve created this article that explains everything you need to know about hearing aids.

But firstly…

How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?

There is a large price range of $1300-$3400 per device.

The price variation depends on the treatment plan and technology that you decide is right for you.

There are two main factors to consider when deciding what hearing aids to get:

1.  How much support do you need from the audiologist?  For the length of the treatment plan, all office visits as well as remote support are included.

2.  How long do you want the instrument warranty to be?  For the length of the plan/warranty you choose, all repairs, parts, as well as loss/damage replacement are included.

There is a misconception about hearing aid prices when choosing an audiologist.

You can spend what is comfortable for you and know that you are being fitted properly for your individual hearing loss and needs.

What Do Hearing Aids Look Like?

The big, clunky hearing aids of yesteryear are long gone. Hearing aids are extremely discrete.  Some are truly invisible. There are many styles and colors to choose from.

Aesthetics are no longer an issue.

Learn more about the advanced hearing technology available at Jacobs Audiology here.

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What Will Things Sound Like With A Hearing Aid?

Hearing aids from an audiologist are truly a prescription for your individual hearing loss.

Audiologists take great care when programming the device. The result is a clear, natural sound.

Since hearing loss is a very slow, gradual process, you may have to acclimate to hearing the sounds you have been missing. This is very normal.

Often, especially with more severe losses, the aid may be initially under prescribed and then slowly increased over several weeks. This method is extremely successful.

With the ability to use remote technology, the process is very easy.

Bluetooth In Hearing Aids – What Does It Mean?

Hearing aids equipped with Bluetooth can wirelessly connect to smartphones, computers, TVs, and tablets (to mention a few).

It turns your hearing aids into wireless headsets. The volume and sound quality are excellent.  The audiologist will set this up for you and show you how to use it.

Will I Be Able To Hear In Background Noise?

Hearing aids can focus on what you want to hear (the speaker) and turn down what you don’t want to hear (the background noise). The degree to which the aids can do this has everything to do with the technology level you pick.

We always tell patients to think about their lifestyle when deciding which aids are right for them.

The more active the lifestyle, the more you will benefit from a device that can decrease the background noise.

What Next?

As Maryland’s most trusted audiologists, we want to ensure that no one goes without access to quality hearing healthcare.

The first place to start when considering whether hearing aids are right for you is through a comprehensive hearing assessment. This will determine whether you require hearing aids and ensure you receive a tailored solution based on your unique needs if you do.

If you’d like to find out more about hearing technology or are interested in anything in this article, then contact us at 301-860-1124 (Bowie) or 410-535-0024 (South Maryland).

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Marcie Jacobs, M.A., F-AAA

Marcie Jacobs has extensive experience in the field of Audiology. She became an audiologist over 25 years ago and has practiced in Southern Maryland and Prince Georges County. Jacobs Audiology was founded in 2011 with the philosophy of providing superior hearing health care for their patients. Her unique combination of empathy and energy result in excellent patient care. Marcie Jacobs obtained her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

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