55 year old may need hearing aid

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55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by bgyt » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:50 pm

Need recommendations on do’s and don’ts for someone starting the hearing aid journey. I have not been tested yet but the family signals are getting pretty strong.
- Costco or hearing specialist for exam?
- Where to purchase?
- Other lessons learned that I have no clue I will need?

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by hippodrome » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:20 pm

The first step is get your hearing tested by an Audiologist.

I've been learning a lot from watching an audiologist who posts very informative videos on YouTube. Look for Dr. Cliff, Aud.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by MarkerFM » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:29 pm

I tried Costco, but the person couldn't get it right, and at one point stuck something in my ear that caused sharp pain. Turns out, what he provided me wasn't appropriate. Easy to return, though.

I would recommend that you schedule appointments with several hearing specialists and observe their skill, use of technology (it has advanced), and general demeanor. Price can also play a big role, so be very straightforward in asking. You should feel comfortable with who you use, because you should go back for regular follow-up exams and service to the devices. Costco can and probably should be one of your prospects.

For example, I visited one who was kind of creepy. They had some kind of hood contraption that came down to create a quiet environment instead of a sound-proofed booth or room. Was very vague and not responsive when asked to compare pros and cons of various options in light of their prices.

Happy with who I ended up with.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by RickBoglehead » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:31 pm

Getting hearing tested - Costco can do this.

Understand what the issue is, and whether hearing aid(s) can help.

Understand how hearing aids work, that they need to be worn all the time to train the brain, like glasses. Many don't understand, get frustrated, and put them in a drawer. My MIL futiley spent many thousands.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by Rupert » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:42 pm

bgyt wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:50 pm
Need recommendations on do’s and don’ts for someone starting the hearing aid journey. I have not been tested yet but the family signals are getting pretty strong.
- Costco or hearing specialist for exam?
- Where to purchase?
- Other lessons learned that I have no clue I will need?
I recommend seeing an ENT first, then an audiologist. Then research hearing aid technology in advance of your audiologist appointment so that you know what's available and aren't upsold something you don't want or need during the appointment. Hearing aids can do amazing things today. They can act as Bluetooth devices for your smartphone, television, etc. But if you don't think you'll use those features, there's no sense paying for them. Also, think about how important appearance is to you. Hearing aids that are virtually invisible because they fit entirely inside your ear canal are available, but they tend to be less durable and more expensive than the traditional over-the-ear variety, which is one of two reasons why they aren't marketed to children. (The other reason is that children's ears and ear canals are still growing, so they need new earpieces about every 6 months.)

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by Doom&Gloom » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:03 pm

Rupert wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:42 pm
bgyt wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:50 pm
Need recommendations on do’s and don’ts for someone starting the hearing aid journey. I have not been tested yet but the family signals are getting pretty strong.
- Costco or hearing specialist for exam?
- Where to purchase?
- Other lessons learned that I have no clue I will need?
I recommend seeing an ENT first, then an audiologist. Then research hearing aid technology in advance of your audiologist appointment so that you know what's available and aren't upsold something you don't want or need during the appointment. Hearing aids can do amazing things today. They can act as Bluetooth devices for your smartphone, television, etc. But if you don't think you'll use those features, there's no sense paying for them. Also, think about how important appearance is to you. Hearing aids that are virtually invisible because they fit entirely inside your ear canal are available, but they tend to be less durable and more expensive than the traditional over-the-ear variety, which is one of two reasons why they aren't marketed to children. (The other reason is that children's ears and ear canals are still growing, so they need new earpieces about every 6 months.)
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That is the route I took several months ago. I can say with absolute certainty that I would not have stuck it out or been satisfied if I had gone down another path. After you get the ENT and audiologist recommendations, then you can decide where to go to purchase your HAs if necessary. I got mine through the audiologist who tested me. He was university affiliated and was terrific to work with. YMMV, of course.

I correctly anticipated that I would neither need nor use the advanced features above. Saved a few bucks that would otherwise have been wasted--for me.

The more I have worn my HAs, the more I realize that I really needed them. The most difficult thing for me is remembering to take them out at night.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by averagedude » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:13 pm

Google "Clark Howard hearing aids". He has a good article about this subject that you may find interesting.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by Watty » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:12 pm

bgyt wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:50 pm
Other lessons learned that I have no clue I will need?
Be sure to check with your insurance company to to see if there is any coverage for hearing aids. Often(usually ?) they are not covered but when we checked with our insurance company it turned out that it did cover the cost of a basic hearing aid. The literature that the HR department hands out each year did not mention hearing aids one way or the other.

That was apparently pretty unusual but it is worth asking about.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by investingdad » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:04 am

My wife started having hearing loss issues in her late 20s. She finally relented and got hearing aids in her early 40s, that was just a few years ago.

She went the Costco route and got the latest tech for ones that are completely in her ears and has been happy with them.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by mhalley » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:27 pm

No personal experience but have heard Clark Howard talk about mdhearingaid.com they have a 45 day return policy so if they don't work for you then you could do the Costco ones.
https://www.mdhearingaid.com

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by catdude » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:36 am

Another vote for Costco. I got an exam and hearing aids from them a couple months ago and saved a ton of $$$.
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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by Pigeon » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:10 am

I'm in the same boat. From all the reading I've done, Costco is the way to go for getting the hearing aids. In many cases, they are much, much cheaper than the competition due to the volume they sell. Sadly, I have no Costco anywhere nearby. Costco employs some ridiculous percentage of all the audiologists in the US.

My primary care provider wants me to see an ENT for the initial exam, rather than an audiologist as I have some past medical issues that may have contributed to the problem.

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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by Call_Me_Op » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:28 am

bgyt wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:50 pm
Need recommendations on do’s and don’ts for someone starting the hearing aid journey. I have not been tested yet but the family signals are getting pretty strong.
- Costco or hearing specialist for exam?
- Where to purchase?
- Other lessons learned that I have no clue I will need?
My dad has severe hearing loss and was thrilled with his Costco experience and aides.
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Re: 55 year old may need hearing aid

Post by Mr.Dad178 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:33 am

Been wearing Over The Ear hearing aids for 10 years. 30's now. My 2 cents:

1. Does your state offer a vocational rehabilitation program? If so, and you can make a case that hearing loss is impacting your work, you may be eligible to have hearing aids (partially) paid for. YMMV.

2. Batteries - weight pro/con of replaceable batteries (Costco or Amazon) vs. rechargeable. I will go with rechargeable when it comes time to replace my current pair.

3. Costco vs. ENT / Audiologist: I would just say think of the whole life cycle of the hearing aids, not just the initial exam and purchase. I've found hearing aids to be more akin to cars than glasses in the amount of maintenance needed. Where will you go to get them cleaned, tested and wear-parts replaced? How will this be paid for (Insurance? Warranty?)

4. Hearing aids and batteries are covered by HSA I believe.

Good luck!
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