What is the best hearing device on the market?
The only way to answer this question is to say that there isn’t a single device that can be considered the best. Sure, there are many different types of hearing aids, but there are also different types of hearing loss. Each hearing aid is geared towards helping a specific type of hearing discrepancy, so try out the different types and see what fits your needs.
Does Medicare cover hearing aid costs?
Medicare usually pays for hearing tests that are referred to by a physician, yet they do not cover the cost of a hearing device. If you have a different type of insurance then they may take care of a portion of the cost. Always consult your insurance provider before making a purchase.
How long do hearing aids last?
Hearing aids can last up to 5 years, but some makes and models may last over seven years. Hearing loss is a progressive disorder, and many hearing aids can be reprogrammed to provide more sound amplification. Keep this in mind when thinking about how to buy a hearing aid.
Do I need to wear two hearing aids or can I purchase just one?
There are many reasons that two hearing aids are better than one. First, the brain can interpret signals if they are received by both ears (cross-referencing). Also, with two hearing aids you will be able to localize sounds better. Last but not least, having an ear without a hearing aid will result in the deterioration of that ear faster than the aided ear.
How can I find an audiologist that can help me find a hearing aid?
We train audiologists, as well as ophthalmologists to provide hearing aid services. Use our helpful Find a Specialist page to find a specialized physician near you.
What are the differences between and ophthalmologist, optometrist, and an optician?
This is a very common question that does not receive the attention that it should. An ophthalmologist holds a medical degree with at least 12 years of training beyond high school and has a license to practice medicine and perform many eye surgeries.
An optometrist has a specified degree in optometry. and is licensed to practice optometry. They have the ability to determine the need for glasses and contact lenses and screen for certain eye conditions.
An optician is trained to fit and dispense eyeglasses or contact lenses based upon a prescription from an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. They only require some college and actual on-the-job training.
What are the floating dots that I frequently see in my eye?
You are experiencing eye floaters, a harmless yet annoying condition that occurs in the eye. What you are seeing are small clumps of proteins that may appear as lines, dots, or any other shape. These can be cared for with proper dietary supplements and increased nutrient intake.
How often should I get a new pair of glasses?
It is important to visit your eye doctor at least once a year to see if your prescription has changed. You may not need new frames at all, just new lenses. Read our articles describing how to choose eyeglass lenses and how to choose eyeglass frames for detailed tips when it is time for a change.
My glasses are too thick and too heavy. Is there anything I can do?
Ask your physician for high-index lenses. They are much thinner and lighter, providing the same amount of correction.