Types of Hearing Aids
Over the years, hearing devices have evolved towards being much smaller, and available in different colors to match hair, which makes them more discreet. Also, today’s devices automatically adjust to sound so there is no need to turn the volume up or down as with older hearing devices. The picture to the right displays the type of hearing devices that most individuals are successful with. Virtually all of the major hearing device manufacturers design hearing devices that look nearly identical. In fact, they look so similar that only an experienced hearing care professional can easily identify a hearing aid brand by how it looks. It is what’s inside, the computer chip, which makes a hearing device function and perform differently than other hearing devices.
Recommended Hearing Devices
Fitting hearing devices from all the major manufacturers for over 20 years, Dr. Folmar has experienced the most success with Resound hearing devices and recommends those products over all other hearing device brands. This recommendation is based on:
- High customer satisfaction
- Reliability (low repair rates)
- Stable computer software to adjust devices
- Excellent customer service
- Confidence in growth of Resound as a company
- Clinical studies that support performance claims
How Much Do Hearing Devices Cost?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Hearing devices marketed to provide extraordinary hearing at bargain basement prices most likely aren’t what they seem. Expect that high quality devices from reputable provider will cost on average $2,395 EACH, and $4,800 for a pair. However, they should last for many years and can be repaired inexpensively should they later need repair.
Pricing & Warranty (per device)
- Linx Quatro 9 Rechargeable $3,395 (3 year warranty)
- Linx Quatro 7 Rechargeable $2,995 (3 year warranty)
- Linx 3D-9 Cell Phone Compatible $3,195 (3 year warranty)
- Linx 3D-5 Cell Phone Compatible$2,395 (3 year warranty)
- Linx2-5 Cell Phone Compatible$2,295 (1 year warranty)
- Unite Remote Control 2 $395
- Unite TV Streamer 2 $505
- Unite Phone Clip $395
- Unite Micro Mic $425
- Unite Multi Mic $495
Today’s hearing devices sound more natural, are smaller and more discreet, have significantly improved noise suppression and are less prone to malfunction than hearing devices from yesteryear. However, expect the hearing nerve and brain to require 2-4 weeks to adapt to the devices until they sound natural.
Selecting A Hearing Healthcare Professional
Experience-it takes years of education, training and experience to become skilled with the assessment, selection and fitting of hearing devices. Because of this, rarely are even the most experienced hearing professionals able to proficiently dispense more than 2 brands and reliably stock inventory for them.
Education-most audiologists have a Doctorate in Audiology and all must pass a national exam to practice. A hearing healthcare professional you feel confident and comfortable with who has been fitting hearing devices for a minimum of 5 years and responds to your direct questions with direct answers is essential.
Customizing hearing devices-look for a hearing healthcare professional who uses “real-ear measurement” technology to customize devices to your hearing exam results. This procedure is the “gold-standard” for fitting hearing devices, which validates the devices will perform optimally based on your hearing test results.