A: For some individuals, surgery or medication may help with hearing loss. However, for most individuals, hearing aids are the most effective way to improve hearing. This is especially true for those with noise- or age-related hearing loss.
A: Many insurance policies and Medicare supplements do include hearing aid benefits, whether to cover part or all of the cost of the devices. If you don’t have hearing aid coverage through your insurance, there may be other options for funding—particularly for those who are currently employed.
A: Most individuals have hearing loss in both ears and will, therefore, have better results by using two hearing aids (binaural use). Studies have shown that binaural use improves understanding in noisy environments and the ability to localize sounds, among other benefits. However, in some cases, an individual does have hearing loss in only one ear. They might also have one ear that cannot benefit from a hearing aid because its loss is so significant. In these cases, a single hearing aid is recommended.
A: Hearing is an important and often overlooked area of health. Regular hearing tests and the use of hearing aids, when appropriate, can dramatically improve an individual’s quality of life. If you have questions or concerns about your or a loved one’s hearing, it is important to contact your local audiologist to find out more.
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