Hearing Aids

Virtual Tour of Ear … Audiological Rehabilitation
EXCELLENT SITE!! This site has a huge number of web site links in a variety of areas that deal with rehab. Hearing aids are a large portion of it.

Sound Advise on Hearing Aids
Nice little article about general hearing aid purchase, where you can complain, and the different types of hearing losses.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Nice site that gives basic information in easy to understand terms for a patient who is wondering about hearing aids. This is a really good site.

SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People)
SHHH has been around for a while. Nice web site that is very tastefully done. Great for
patients.

HearingExchange.com
Very Nice web site.  Lists all kinds of resources for patients and family members. Check this one out!!

Girls and Hearing Aids
An excellent web site dedicated to young women and girls who want to create a more positive image.

History of the Hearing Aid
Very quick timeline of the history. Could be useful in a paper.

Choose Your Hearing Aid
Good site that was created by an audiologist to help hearing aid patients find out what is most important to them.

HearingAidHelp.com
Seems like a nice web site for patients to find out information on the topic of hearing aids. It doesn’t seem to be sales driven, but it is affiliated with selling hearing aids.

The Listen Up Web
Very interesting web site that has some serious explanations for how a hearing works and what the specs all mean. Really cool.

Hearing Aid Forums
Really great website that allows people to write questions and experiences with hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Information
Very nice website that gives really good information about hearing aids and how they work. It also explains many different areas about how a hearing aid works and the different components.

Hearing Aid Counseling
Thoughtful articles on coping with hearing loss and using hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers

Phonak hearing Systems
Good web site for information on their products.

Oticon Web Site
The web site has areas called sound and hearing, hearing aid history, Oticon – The Company, and products.

GNResound Web Site
Very nice web site that has information about their product, investment opportunities, consumer information, and career information.

Starkey, Omni, Nu-Ear, and Qualitone Hearing Aid Manufacturers
The Starkey web site has links to several different hearing aid manufacturers and consumer sites.

Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc.
Basic web site for a hearing aid manufacturing company. It has consumer information and other areas. Has a fun site that quizzes people called mystery ear.

Unitron Hearing
Has a really cute place for kids to play games. Nice web site.

Hearing Aids Prices & Cost

Conventional analog hearing aids are cheaper but has less features, whereas the more modern digital hearing aids are more sophisticated but more expensive.  The trade off is really your value of crystal clear hearing versus “just enough hearing” of a normal listener.

Hearing Aid Shoppers Pay High Prices, Get Mediocre Fittings
Survey indicating that consumers do not receive sufficient information on what hearing aid features are important.

Paying for your hearing aid
Nice report on tips on various ways to pay for hearing aids.

Hearing Aids Types and Price Comparisons
In the ear (ITE) – $1200 to $2500, are the most visible but have the most features like controls for volume.
Behind the ear (BTE) – $1200 to $2500, the ones with the ear mold are most dependable and are good for children.
In the canal (ITC) and Intra canal (CTC) – $1200 to $2500, are hardly visible, but the battery life is short, and have limited features.

Hearing Aid Reviews and Types
Nice article with a helpful list of questions when buying a hearing aid.

Advanced Web Sites

Hearing Aid Insurance Mandates for States
Nice site that could give you a little information about insurance and hearing aid purchases. Be careful!!! Insurance companies are very tricky. It is up to the patient to make sure they know their plans.

Hearing Aid Research Lab Software & Forms
Free shareware type ftp’s that can be downloaded without a password or user name. Fun to play with!!

Hearing Office Software
The first free software program designed to manage hearing aid and audiology offices. This software is IBM and Macintosh compatible. Does have other system requirements.

Academy of Dispensing Audiologists
The web site has membership, patient, and professional information.

A Microphone Array for Hearing Aids
This is an article from a Professor at Stanford. I liked it because you could understand it.