Newsletter - August/September 2011

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The Cost Of Hearing Aids

Many people who are candidates for the use of amplification are surprised at the cost of hearing aids. But when put into perspective, it is similar in cost to many other items, both medical and household. Here are some examples:

  • Eyeglasses.
  • A crown for a tooth.
  • Flat screen televisions.
  • Laptop computers

A major difference in these items and hearing aids is that the hearing aids often need follow up appointments and adjustments as the user becomes adapted to amplification. The cost of these services provided by the audiologist has been calculated into the cost of each hearing aid.
Another major difference is the average life span of the hearing aids. It is commonly known within the industry that the average life span of a hearing aid is somewhere between four to seven years. If you look at the overall cost of the hearing aids in the cost per day (CPD), the different circuit levels for a hearing aid that lasts five years would cost the following:

 

 

So, even when doubled to reveal the cost for a pair of hearing aids, the most expensive circuit would cost the consumer just over $4.00 per day. The benefits of hearing well and participating in life in an easier manner are well worth that amount and more!

Tinnitus

One in three adults experience tinnitus at some time in their lives. About 10%–15% of adults have prolonged tinnitus requiring medical evaluation. Tinnitus, that noise heard when no external noise is present, is a symptom common to many conditions. Here are some examples:

  • Hearing loss

  • Loud noise exposure

  • Migraine headaches

  • Head injury

  • Hypertension

  • Stress

  • Too much wax in the ear

  • Certain types of tumors

  • Too much coffee

  • Smoking cigarettes

A tinnitus team often includes an Otolaryngologist (ENT), a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and a Psychologist (PsyD). The team assesses the patient with a full medical and hearing assessment. The PsyD might also assess you. An appropriate tinnitus management option is then recommended. Tinnitus management can include:

  • Hearing aids

  • Biofeedback

  • Relaxation therapy

  • Counseling

  • Habituation therapies

  • Tinnitus maskers

  • Sound machines

There are many management options for tinnitus available today. Please feel free to contact our office at (847) 382-5700 with any questions in regard to tinnitus.

Why Should I Wear Hearing Aids?

People with hearing loss demonstrate the following abilities after they have been fitted with hearing aids:

  • Hear better and continue to recognize speech.

  • Maintain better interpersonal relationships

  • Participate in less negative, dysfunctional communication.

  • Show less emotional instability, depression and anxiety.

  • Experience fewer instances of confusion and disorientation.

  • Show an increased ability to concentrate and multitask.

  • Maintain better memory skills and show a greater ability to learn new tasks.

  • Become more alert and more aware of their personal safety.

  • Demonstrate greater earning power.

  • Are more in control of their lives.

  • Feel less discriminated against.

So why not make your life more enjoyable?

Did You Know?

Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing loss in older people. It also can be a side effect of medications. More than 200 drugs are known to cause tinnitus when you start or stop taking them.

The three-boned middle ear is a characteristic that separates mammals from reptiles. A fossil recently found in northeastern China was that of a complete mammal that included the three middle ear bones (malleus, incus and stapes). It is interesting that the three smallest bones in our bodies are a specific identifier for all mammals!