Don't Buy A Hearing Aid Until You Read This
We understand that choosing hearing aids can be quite difficult even if it is your second set. The worry for most people is getting it right. Hearing aids are like any other high technology product. What they do and the features they offer are often clouded in techno jargon that makes it difficult to understand. This book will help clear that up for you, it is a definitive hearing aid buying guide for consumers. Your feedback is always welcome, the book was expanded in 2017 based on the feedback of buyers.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, an estimated 48 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss—the vast majority of them older adults. Almost one-third of people ages 65 to 74 report difficulty hearing, and the number rises to about half at 75.
In the United Kingdom, there are more than 11 million people with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population. Evidence is mounting that untreated hearing loss is a significant health concern, and studies have linked it with other serious health problems, including depression, a decline in cognitive ability, memory and concentration, and perhaps even dementia.
The latest research indicates that dealing with your hearing loss as early as possible is important to your long term future. However, doing so with confidence has always been an issue. There are so many questions, who is the best hearing aid brand? What is the best hearing aid for me? Who can I trust to take care of my hearing health? We have set out to answer those questions and more.
A Hearing Aid Buying Guide That Makes Sense!
This is a clear, no gibberish book on hearing aids and buying them. We talk to many people here on Know, consistently they ask us technical questions in relation to general hearing aid stuff. We thought there has to be a better way to get the information out so we took all the questions that we had been asked and wrote clear no jargon answers.
For 2017, we have updated the book and widened the scope of it. After feedback from some buyers we decided that info about the hearing aids was great, but info about the providers, manufacturers and the basis for hearing aid prices also, was better. The book is now also available in paperback. Here is what you can expect.
A Review of The Book
An Educating and informative read!
I've been wearing hearing aids for 15 years and currently looking to buy some new ones. After hours of searching through the Internet I was even more confused! This book helped me focus my search.
What's in The Little Book of Hearing Aids 2017?
The original book focused purely on hearing aids and the technology involved. For the second edition it made much more sense to focus on the journey of buying a hearing aid from beginning to end. So I did, I have tried to ensure that this is the definitive hearing aid buying guide. Here is what the new book includes
- A new section on Providers of hearing aids, what's the difference and why might it matter?
- A new section on buying a hearing aid, what do you need to know?
- A new section on hearing aid prices, what goes into a price?
- A new section on the hearing test, what you should expect to happen and why
- A new section on hearing Aid Brands, who are the biggest?
- Widex hearing aids, what's on offer
- Phonak hearing aids, what's on offer
- Starkey hearing aids, what's on offer
- Signia hearing aids, what's on offer
- Resound hearing aids, what's on offer
- The different hearing aid types
- Their Pros and Cons
- A section on rechargeable hearing aids
- Hearing aid technology levels and what you can expect from them
- Hearing aid features, what do they actually do and how will they help
- A new section on Over The Counter hearing aids
- How you can clean and care for hearing aid types
Hearing Aid Providers / Suppliers
What is the difference between a National hearing aid provider and an Independent? What does it actually matter to you?
Buying A Hearing Aid
What exactly do you need to know about buying a hearing aid? What exactly are white label hearing aids? What should happen during the hearing test to give you the confidence that you are being tested correctly? What should happen during the fitting and follow up, and why is ongoing care important?
Hearing Aid Prices
What goes into the price of a hearing aid? How hearing aid prices are changing internationally. What is unbundled hearing aid pricing?
Hearing Aid Brands
Who are the big six hearing aid manufacturers, the top hearing aid brands? What are they offering right now?
Hearing Aid Types
We detail the different hearing aid types and their pros and cons, explaining clearly what you need to know.
Hearing Aid Technology
What's the real difference between mid range and high end hearing technology except for the price? Yes, we tell you that clearly as well.
Hearing Aid Features
Damned directional what? Those hearing aid features are important, we reduce the gobbledygook, explain what they do and try and give a real world example of where they will help you.
Over The Counter Hearing Aids
What are they, when are they coming and what will they mean for the consumer?
Honestly, clear hearing aid advice, independent advice and no damned gobbledygook!
So if you, or anyone you know is either thinking about purchasing hearing aids, or is in the process of making a decision about what hearing aids are right for them, you need this book.
Don't worry, we will still answer any questions you send us. You can buy the hearing aid buying guide here