Getting your hearing checked, affording and purchasing hearing aids, as well as selecting the right audiologist or hearing aid dispenser to assist you, is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your hearing healthcare.  ACDHH has compiled the following resources to help guide you in this process. Understanding how we hear is the first step, en espanol.

Click here to access a list of audiologists and hearing aid dispensers who will gladly check your hearing for free.

Click here to check the license of an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.

Are you low-income or without insurance coverage and unable to afford to buy hearing aids? Contact Christy at [email protected] so we can guide you to resources that may help.

Here is a checklist to guide your purchase of hearing aids.

Consumer Reports publishes a Hearing Aid Buying Guide.

Curious about how to read your audiogram?  This article explains how!

A telecoil in your hearing aid will allow you to hear with an inductive loop, whether it is a neckloop, a looped room, a countertop loop, or a looped clipboard. Read more here.

Does a hearing aid really help?  Yes, hearing better improves a person's quality of life!  Read more here about the health benefits of wearing a hearing aid!

Have hearing aids really improved over time? You bet! Visit the Hearing Aid Museum (online, free, virtual) to see how the technology has changed and improved since the 1800's!

Take a tour of the modern high-tech hearing aid at the Hearing Industries Association website.

Can a Hearing Aid help prevent dementia? Read the NY Times Magazine article here

How does the brain change after using high quality, premium, professionally fit bilateral hearing aids?

Preparing to visit an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser for the first time? Work through this free online questionnaire to help you identify challenging hearing situations and possible solutions, then bring it with you to your visit. 

 

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids?

 

October, 2020:  Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Warns Consumers About Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

 

Read More Here:  Hearing Tracker Reports on OTC HA Pros and Cons

 

 July 24, 2018 – Status on Over the Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids

In the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), Congress outlined certain requirements to establish a category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and the requirements that apply to them. This statutorily mandated process requires FDA to publish proposed regulations for public comment, and then to publish final regulations.

At this time, there are no products that can claim to address hearing loss that are, or can claim to be OTC hearing aids within the meaning of section 520(q) of the FD&C Act as amended by FDARA. Currently, hearing aids continue to be restricted devices, for which sales must follow applicable federal and state requirements. FDA has published a letter to clarify the status of these products.

 

Ever wondered: what's the difference between a hearing aid and a personal sound amplifier product (PSAP)? 

~ ~ ~ ~ A PSAP is not a Hearing Aid ~ ~ ~ ~

Before you purchase a PSAP or, in the future, an OTC hearing aid, take this short Consumer Ear Disease Risk Assessment (CEDRA) online to see if you should see a doctor first. 

Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the Difference! The Food and Drug Administration’s consumer health information series has some good info ont this subject.


MORE RESOURCES:

Seeking the latest in research and best practices? Check out these websites:

The American Academy of Audiology

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology

The International Hearing Society 

The American-Speech-Hearing-Language Association

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head And Neck Surgery

 

The Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology

 

IDA Institute