From invisible solutions to behind-the-ear and receiver-in-the-ear, it’s true that there’s a hearing aid for everyone. But which hearing aid is right for me?

With so many options to consider, from price to insurance cover and payment plans, you want to ensure you are partnering with someone who you trust.

The good news is that Dan Hewson has been in the industry for over 25 years and knows all the secrets in the book…

What is Coffee & Audiology?

Presented by one of Arizona’s leading hearing care experts, Dan Hewson, Coffee & Audiology aims to debunk many of the myths and misconceptions around hearing loss.

Using Dan’s expertise and knowledge, the show walks through a range of topics, educating you on all the factors you should consider throughout your journey.

In this week’s episode, Dan Hewson answered the question:

Question #1: Is there any difference between manufacturer hearing aids?

 

 

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So, let’s take a look at question number three. “When you’re choosing a particular manufacturer, why do you choose who you choose?

Is there really any difference between the hearing aids?” That’s a really great question because what’s a crucial thing is that all manufacturers make great hearing aids. And it’s essential to really understand the differences of how your needs work.

Hearing needs to do too many things. They help you to hear better, but most importantly, they help you to be able to understand the speech.

Because you can get somebody, people often get hearing aids from different manufacturers or buy something, and they do that, and what happens is that they can hear better; it’s an amplifier.

It makes them hear more, but they still have trouble understanding.

This is where programming comes in, whereas your professional needs to really be doing programming and verification, wheeler measurement, best practices, utilizing ADA testing with your hearing aids on, and doing testing with quicksin, which is the test to help you verify how much better you hear background noise.

We need to compare the way you did with your regular hearing tests and what you did with the hearing test with hearing aids. It’s imperative to verify that the manufacturers are doing what it needs to do you for.

I will say one thing over the years; I found that not one manufacturer can work for everybody’s hearing loss.

It’s important to have options, and it’s important again that the proper education to know what type of hearing aid is best for me, whether you want something that goes behind the ear or something that goes in the ear, want something that’s rechargeable, something that has batteries, something that will be streamed with the phone or something that doesn’t.

Still, it’s important to take the time to verify what you really need and so you can get the answers to your questions and not have something you don’t really need.

What happens with hearing aids is that too many people get hearing aids and have more technology in them than they ever need.

And it’s important that for a hearing loss, as in my professional opinion after 25 years of practicing, and I’ve been wearing hearing aids since I was four years old, so I’ve been wearing them for 43 years, it’s essential to make sure that we take the time to really understand what it is that person needs.

Thanks for joining me!  

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Daniel Hewson

Daniel Hewson

Born and raised in Western New York, Dan Hewson comes to our practice with over 19 years of experience in the field. With a master’s degree in audiology from SUNY Fredonia, Mr. Hewson has extensive experience working in several of the largest Otolaryngology practices in the country, and also as a Regional Manager with Siemens Medical Audiology Division. Father, husband, and full-time employee with us, Dan is currently a student working to earn his doctorate in audiology; it should be completed by 2018.