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The easiest and best way to find out is to get a baseline hearing test (AKA: Audiogram) performed by an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist. Often, one of the first clues of hearing loss is that your ability to hear and understand in background noise is challenged. If you’ve ever been out at a bar or cafe with friends and found yourself smiling and nodding along but only catching bits and pieces of what they’re saying. If the background sound of music or a whirling espresso machine prohibits you from understanding what someone is saying, it is a good idea to get a baseline hearing test.
Relax, this isn’t the kind of test you need to study for. For many adults, the last hearing test they had was in grade school. Most find a lot has changed since then, including how well they hear. Since hearing loss is often a slow and gradual process, it can be hard to realize on your own. It’s a good idea to get your hearing tested, especially if you suspect you have hearing loss symptoms (or someone has playfully hinted at such). Growing evidence shows that initial of hearing loss occurs (on average) in our 30s and 40s…so, we encourage getting a baseline decades sooner than most do currently.
An audiogram displays the results of a hearing test as a chart. This chart shows an audiologist how well you can hear sounds in each ear in terms of frequency (x-axis) and intensity (y-axis). Frequency describes the pitch we hear (aka: bass, treble), while intensity is the loudness. When working with BLUEMOTH, your audiogram is a critical part of the personalization in the programming of your hearing technology.
When you get your hearing tested, you will typically start with a case history to understand more about you, your hearing history and current hearing challenges. A professional will look into your ear canals with an otoscope to ensure there is no excessive ear wax, and that the health of your eardrum (nerdy fact: your eardrum is called a tympanic membrane) is intact. You will likely be asked to wear headphones (or insert earbuds) inside of a sound proof booth and listen to short tones at different pitches and volumes. You’ll click a button, raise your hand or verbally respond. A hearing test will assess how well you hear (how softly can a tone be presented) at multiple hearing frequencies (tones). You’ll also be asked to listen and respond to speech at various volumes. This is because it’s crucial to understand not just how well you hear – but, also how well you’re able to understand speech in quiet. The whole process should take approximately 30-60 minutes.
Some clinics will include additional testing to look at your hearing system in a more holistic, and thorough/medical manner.
These additional tests might include:
* Tympanometry – A tympanogram is a test that looks at how well the eardrum (tympanic membrane) moves in response to pressure differences. This is an easy test for you as there will be a soft insert placed into your ear canal. You will feel a bit of pressure, almost like going up in an airplane. And, that’s it. But, it’s so much more to us Audiologists. It helps us assess whether there are other factors at play, contributing to hearing loss, ear pain, etc.
* Acoustic Reflexes – Again, these are easy peasy for most patients as you don’t have to do any work. Soft inserts are placed in your ear canals and you will hear loud sounds. Be warned – This testing *may* be somewhat bothersome to individuals with tinnitus, due to the fact that the tones are typically on the louder side. Anyone with sound aversions is recommended to let their provider know about concerns regarding loud sounds during the case history.
This series of tests assesses the involuntary muscle reflex contraction of the stapedius muscle in response to high intensity sounds. The acoustic reflex is an important mechanism for protecting our ears and improving hearing in background noise. Acoustic reflexes are tested to assist in the diagnosis of the presence, severity and type of hearing loss.
* Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) – OAEs present sounds into the ear canal and capture an “echo” response back from the hair cells (sensory end organs) of the cochlea (hearing organ). This is a great objective diagnostic tool to assess the health of the sensory hair cells. Often, clinicians will be able to assess damage to hearing at the cochlear/physiological level prior to seeing that decline on the hearing test/audiogram.
* Speech in noise testing – Speech in noise testing is a great tool for realistic expectations and determining which technology to select for a candidate, based on their abilities to understand speech in the presence of background noise.
The fact that you’ve found BLUEMOTH means that you probably have some concerns about tinnitus or your hearing, which is a good enough reason to have a baseline hearing test. Trust your gut!
The difference between a hearing screening and a hearing test is like the difference between a great first date and that pivotal moment when you just know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone.
The type of hearing loss that warrants hearing aids (the most common), known as Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL), is a forever kind of thing. So, before our audiologists can prescribe a personalized device for your wants and needs, we want to know ALL the details of your hearing health.
This is where a hearing test comes in. This test assesses the health of your outer, middle, and inner ears. It also assesses:
This info ensures we give you everything you need to hear better, better.
The most common cause is the natural process of aging – however, most don’t realize this begins as young as our 30s and 40s! It truly is part of the natural process of aging, NOT an indicator of being old. Other common causes are noise exposure (wear your earplugs to concerts, friends!), genetics, excessive earwax, trauma, and medical conditions.
Some hearing loss risk factors like age, illness, and genetics aren’t ours to choose. For the factors we get a say in, protection is undoubtedly key. Noise on the job, specifically loud and constant noise, can contribute to hearing loss. Think of professions such as farming, construction, factory work, dentristry, and performing. Protective equipment in the workplace can go a long way to reducing hearing damage.
Playing hard can take just as much of a toll as working hard. Think of hobbies like firearms, motorcycling, carpentry, and just plain old blasting the jams way too loud a little too often. If any of these sound like you, don’t forget your PPE, especially regarding your precious hearing. Earmuffs and earplugs are where it’s at.
If you’re putting two and two together about risk factors and your suspected hearing loss, we got you. Get your hearing tested, and let’s work together to bring you hearing tech for your lifestyle.
Have you ever had your carpet cleaned? Take a moment to imagine opening a front door to a large living room with light grey carpeting throughout that hasn’t had a proper cleaning in many years. It won’t take long to notice that the path from the entryway to the next room is noticeably more broken in than the rest of the area. Just like the living room, the landscape of your inner ear is carpeted with inner hair cells.
Your inner ear, AKA: cochlea, is wrapped like a snail. Sound travels from the base, where the low-frequency receptors live to the apex, where the high-frequency receptors live. All high-frequency sounds must travel through the low frequencies to arrive where the high-frequency sounds register.
Once enough hair cells are damaged or die due to heavy auditory traffic, hearing and the ability to understand speech sounds (especially in background noise) start to deteriorate, AKA: “hearing loss”. This auditory “foot traffic” wears down those hair cells. Once a hair cell dies, there is no resurrection.
The longer you’re alive, the more wear and tear on those hair cells. The more unprotected exposure to noise you endure, the more wear and tear. Therefore, you don’t need to be elderly to experience hearing loss; you just need a lot of auditory foot traffic.
Yes – which part of the ear/hearing pathway has an issue will change how we treat your hearing loss. Luckily for you, we thoroughly review your uploaded hearing test results to ensure you are a good candidate for hearing technology. If you are not, we’ll help guide you to treatment options that best address your specific type of hearing loss.
If you want to understand the big picture of hearing loss, there are three main types you need to know: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Different parts of the ear can be affected to cause hearing loss.
Most hearing loss is sensorineural. This type damages the inner ear or the actual hearing nerve. Aging, medications, genetics, or exposure to loud noise can cause this. While it can’t be repaired, many people with this type of hearing loss find that hearing aids are right for them.
Conductive hearing loss happens in the outer or middle ear. Basically, sound waves aren’t able to travel all the way to the inner ear. So, what’s getting in the way? Common culprits include earwax, fluid, or infection.
For mixed hearing loss, both sensorimotor and conductive loss are at play. If you don’t see a category that resonates with you, don’t stress. We don’t need you to fit neatly into any single box. Your hearing loss is likely as unique as yours.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL), The most common type of hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is most commonly a result of damage, AKA: auditory foot traffic, to the hair cells in the inner ear. There are other less common causes, such as comorbid diseases, medication side effects, or injury. Amplification, AKA: hearing aids, are recommended for this loss.
Once the hair cells are damaged or dead, the auditory nerve no longer receives stimulation in that particular frequency area. This can create great difficulty in understanding speech, particularly in background noise, because speech sounds are found across a wide range of frequencies. Prescription hearing aids bring amplification to the regions of damaged or dead hair cells. Amplification (only where you need it) can improve your overall understanding, especially in background noise, like at a restaurant, bar, or cafe.
Additionally, the brain of someone with untreated hearing loss begins working overtime to fill in the missing pieces. Studies show that this causes auditory and mental fatigue, which has been related to an increased risk of cognitive decline. Hearing aids are proven to reduce the stress on your brain and enhance the quality of your life and overall health.
Conductive Hearing Loss presents when sound waves can not travel to and through the inner ear. In most cases, the obstruction is addressed, and the hearing loss is not permanent. Most often, hearing aids are not the treatment.
Mixed Hearing Loss is a combination of Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Conductive Hearing Loss.
We’ll always shoot it straight with you – if you have hearing loss in both ears, you need two devices. Just like you need two shoes for both your feet or two lenses in your glasses, you need a device for each ear. We program each one separately based on each ear’s hearing loss. If you only have hearing loss in one ear, we will review your uploaded test results and consult with you before moving forward. We want to know more about one-sided hearing loss in case you need more intensive local medical care for an underlying issue.
Many people have hearing loss in both ears. Even if one ear is better than the other, they’re probably in a similar neighborhood. Most people who need two devices for their hearing loss are more satisfied with the experience of having both. It’s important that you don’t feel “lopsided” with only half the treatment you need.
Getting two hearing aids also helps you take advantage of your binaural hearing better. That’s what the way your brain processes sound signals from both ears is called. When sound enters your left ear, it’s processed on the right side of your brain. When sound enters the right ear, it’s processed on the right side. Then, the hemispheres work together to make sense of things. Turns out, using both sides noticeably improves your ability to understand speech.
In normal hearing, the sound signals from both ears would be the same. But with only one hearing aid, the signals from one ear will always be stronger. This can make it difficult to distinguish between voices and background noises or the location of sounds.
A few additional benefits of binaural hearing are:
The plain and simple truth is that if you have ANY hearing loss, you would benefit from getting a correction. Just like vision, there is no benchmark of “bad enough” – if you have a vision impairment, you need glasses or contacts. Same thing here; there is also an immense amount of research showing that getting started earlier with corrections benefits you and your brain and keeps things working well.
A recent study revealed that only about 15% of adults in the US who need a hearing aid actually wear one. That sucks! And not because we sell them. It sucks because so many people could (but don’t) get the benefits of the right hearing technology in their life.
One common thread with hearing loss is the frequent reporting of feelings of loneliness. People can feel disconnected from their loved ones, communities, and hobbies because they struggle to hear well. We never want you to feel isolated or left out. Getting care for your hearing health puts you back in the loop.
The relationship between cognitive health and hearing health can be best described by explaining the ear-to-brain connection.
Your ears collect sound, but it is your brain that understands sound. The ear-to-brain connection requires auditory nerve stimulation. Without stimulation, the nerves begin to die, and once they’re dead, they can’t be resurrected. The death of those inner hair cells is categorized as sensorineural hearing loss. By treating hearing loss, you can provide auditory stimulation through amplification. Treatment, AKA: amplification, can make it possible to continue creating connections and help your brain stay healthy, which overall makes a significant impact on your overall vitality. WIN!
Research reinforces that HEARING health is BRAIN health. Hearing health can be achieved by monitoring for hearing loss and treating any level of hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
This is as unique as the individuals we see. For most, hearing loss has a plodding and gradual progression. We encourage people to get their hearing tested every 1-2 years to monitor progression, but sooner if they notice changes.
Exposure to risk factors also influences how hearing loss changes might happen. Hearing aids are awesome, but they won’t stop the damage from occurring. What they can do is slow your loss of comprehension of speech.
As you change, we’ll want to adapt to your new needs. Your hearing aids can be reprogrammed to suit your needs better as you get your routine testing done over their lifespan. We can also help you find new hearing aids that are a better fit if your old technology stops suiting your lifestyle and hearing loss.
For the most part, this regular slow-progressing hearing loss will not lead to total hearing loss. Total loss is rare, depending on your illness’s severity and nature. For those with other comorbid conditions, it can vary.
Those words can sound like a big bad wolf. Once hearing loss starts, the goal of treatment is to slow it down. The best time to start is when you are diagnosed. Without treatment, sensorineural hearing loss will progress faster, and more nerves will die more quickly. The good news is that if you’re a candidate for hearing aids, once you provide amplification to those auditory regions that are no longer being naturally stimulated, you can re-create ear-to-brain connections. So it’s not such a bad wolf, after all, just a misunderstood wolf.
If you have a sudden hearing loss (i.e., wake up one morning with radically reduced hearing) in one or both ears, this is a serious medical emergency. You should go to a medical clinic ASAP and be seen by an ENT specialist. Be sure to inform the office on the phone about your sudden hearing loss. The best chances for partial or complete recovery rely on intervention within 24-48 hours. We don’t want to scare you, just inform you so you can get the best care possible.
Sudden hearing loss can be a concerning symptom and should be taken seriously because it may indicate an underlying medical condition that needs prompt attention. That could mean infections, trauma, a tumor on the nerve responsible for hearing and balance, inner ear disorders, autoimmune diseases, or can be caused by certain medications. That’s a lot of possibilities, and they’re all important to rule out.
An ENT or otolaryngologist is best equipped to evaluate and manage your sudden hearing loss. That way, any underlying conditions can be caught and treated. In some cases, sudden hearing loss can be reversible with prompt treatment. We emphasize that time is of the essence. The sooner you can get seen, the sooner you can let interventions work their magic. Don’t delay or ignore your symptoms, which can work against your chances of recovery.
Often when people ask this question – it’s hearing loss. However, a quick and easy way to find out is to get a baseline hearing evaluation with an Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist. If there is just wax, an Audiologist will likely be able to remove it the same day.
Earwax might seem gross, but it’s essential. The ear produces it to lubricate the ear canal, and it moves outward slowly, carrying away any dust, debris, or dead skin that might have settled in its path.
Unfortunately, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. When too much earwax builds up, it can block the ear canal. This makes it hard for sound waves to travel to the eardrum and by extension, makes it hard to hear. Some other symptoms of an earwax blockage are a feeling of pressure in the ear, tinnitus, and sometimes vertigo.
Naturally, it can be tempting to root around and take care of the problem yourself. It’s a good idea to pause before wielding your trusty Q-tip and rushing to the rescue. Excessively cleaning your ears yourself can actually push the wax deeper into the ear canal and make the blockage worse.
When you talk things over with your audiologist and get your hearing evaluated, they’ll be able to gauge if your hearing issue is truly caused by excess wax. The audiologist may use special tools or suction to remove the wax. They might also soften it with irrigation or ear drops first.
The best prevention is wearing hearing protection when you’re in really noisy places (e.g. concerts). The other is to get baseline hearing tests (early and often) to catch and treat hearing loss immediately.
Some of the best ways to minimize hearing loss is to avoid risk factors. The most common risk factor is exposure to loud noise. Concerts, festivals, sporting events, motorcycles, or power tools can all be sources of loud noise. Now, we’re hardly saying to stop having fun. There are steps you can take to enjoy the stuff you love safely! Using protection like earplugs or earmuffs is a great preventative measure.
Another good way to keep yourself safe is to make time for breaks! If you find yourself in high-noise environments regularly, like at your workplace, try taking breaks in quieter areas.
Don’t forget- your personal listening devices matter! A general rule of thumb for using earbuds or headphones is to follow the 60/60 rule; Listen at 60% volume for 60 minutes at a time, then consider a break.
Tinnitus is a perception of sound within a person’s ears and/or head. It is often described as ringing, buzzing, hissing. It can vary in volume, pitch, and frequency.
With tinnitus, there is a perceived sound but no external sound source. This means it can only be heard by the person experiencing it. Tinnitus can be temporary or chronic and can have an array of effects on people. For some, it might only be a passing annoyance. For others, it can interfere with concentration and sleep, leading to stress, anxiety, and even depression.
With the proper treatment and support, tinnitus doesn’t have to dampen your quality of life permanently. Many people can find ways to cope effectively: including hearing technologies, therapy, and relaxation techniques. We hope to be part of our journey to a solution.
Have you heard of phantom limb pain? Essentially, tinnitus is no different. We discussed the death of inner hair cells and how it results in Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Tinnitus, or the perception of sound when no objective sound source is present, can present for several reasons.
One of the most common reasons for tinnitus is untreated hearing loss. About 90% of people with tinnitus have hearing loss. One of the easiest ways to explain this phenomenon, as it relates to hearing loss, is that the brain is used to receiving ear-to-brain signals when sound is registered at different frequencies. When there is high-frequency hearing loss, the brain searches for those signals, and when it does not find them because the inner hair cells have died or are damaged, the brain will create signals (AKA: phantom sounds) in their absence (AKA: tinnitus).
For most, it is a symptom of underlying hearing loss. For others, it is caused by emotional and/or physical trauma, noise exposure, or underlying medical conditions.
There is an extensive range of causes related to tinnitus. The most common and well-known is loud noise exposure. Aging can also be a factor. As we age naturally and our bodies (and ears!) change, the structure of the inner ear may naturally deteriorate. This can sometimes cause tinnitus. Another possible cause is pressure from earwax blockage.
But wait, there’s more! Unfortunately, some medications can cause or worsen tinnitus. This includes some chemotherapy drugs, some antibiotics, and some antidepressants. Some ear and sinus infections can even cause tinnitus.
There is no “silver bullet” or “magic pill” that cures tinnitus. MANY things can be done to reduce the negative impact on your life. As we learn more about your tinnitus and hearing loss, we can create a customized tinnitus management plan for you,
The bad: we can’t fix your tinnitus with a one-size-fits-all solution. The good: we can work with you to create a tinnitus management plan that fits just right.
We have many approaches to tinnitus management to address your needs and lifestyle, including: sound therapy, counseling, medications, relaxation techniques, and the support of hearing technology.
Part of the reason there isn’t one cohesive “cure” is that there are so many diverse reasons someone might experience tinnitus. Sometimes, multiple reasons are in play at once. It also isn’t yet known what the underlying mechanism causes tinnitus. It’s most likely a complex interaction between the auditory system, the brain, and various neural networks.
Hearing loss correction should help tinnitus perception fade into the background. Most tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, so correcting that is our first priority. In cases where correction doesn’t adequately treat tinnitus alone, additional therapies, apps, and counseling will be added to your management plan.
Hearing aids amplify sounds and improve overall hearing. When external sounds are enhanced, it can draw the focus away from tinnitus. Many modern hearing aids also have special features for addressing tinnitus. These usually generate low-level background sounds like white noise or gentle nature tones. These pleasant noises can help either wholly or partially mask your tinnitus.
It’s also believed that auditory stimulation from hearing aids promotes neuroplastic brain changes. Basically, the brain grows more used to filtering out the signal of tinnitus and ignoring it.
Loud noise exposure, certain medications, stress, fatigue, alcohol, and certain recreational drugs are believed to cause tinnitus spikes.
Of course, your tinnitus is as unique as yours! What makes the perception of tinnitus worse varies from person to person. The factors listed above are common triggers, frequently reported to make tinnitus act up.
Stress and lack of sleep are commonly associated with more bothersome perceptions of tinnitus. Not to mention, stress and lack of sleep go hand in hand since emotional anxiety can make it harder to get enough rest.
Sometimes medications can also have an impact on your tinnitus. Certain antibiotics, antidepressants, and NSAIDs have been reported to worsen tinnitus perception and sometimes even cause tinnitus as a side effect. If you’re worried that your medication is negatively impacting your tinnitus and quality of life, consult your doctor.
Often other health issues can interact with tinnitus as well. A common one is high blood pressure. Since this can lead to increased blood flow to the ears, some people find that it worsens tinnitus. Another common culprit can be TMJ issues. TMJ disorders and strain in the neck can impact the auditory system and aggravate tinnitus.
Sometimes people comment that tinnitus makes their hearing worse. In those cases, the tinnitus creates an intrusion, distracting the person from clearly hearing what is around them. Tinnitus does not harm your hearing and will not make it worse.
When there is hearing loss, the brain may try to make up for lost sound input with sound perceptions that lead to tinnitus. Tinnitus can also make it more challenging to concentrate on external sounds. It’s often more difficult to pick up on a signal when tinnitus adds extra background noise. This can definitely make it feel like your hearing quality is reduced, even if tinnitus doesn’t directly cause hearing loss.
It’s also important to note that the emotional distress of tinnitus can affect your perceptions of sound or your communication. The distraction, irritation, and stress caused by tinnitus can make it hard to be alert to conversations or present in communication. This can make it feel like you’re missing out on information or can’t pick up on pieces you usually would register.
To be really honest, it’s getting harder to tell which is which. That’s one of the reasons we founded BLUEMOTH – we wanted “radical transparency” in the world of hearing wellness and technology. Here’s the key: did you have to take a hearing test with a licensed provider? And, was that prescriptive test used in programming and fitting your hearing technology specifically to you? If the answers are yes, then you likely have a prescription device. If you’re offered an online “hearing test,” no hearing test, or self-selected settings – chances are high that you’re exploring the land of OTC.
Another good tell for OTC products is that they’re designed for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. Prescription hearing aids, on the other hand, can address a much broader range of hearing loss needs.
Prescription hearing technology is more flexible in this way because they’re so customizable. Prescription aids can be tailored to your unique hearing profile, preferences, and listening environments. OTC products have more limited or fixed settings, so they can’t always adapt to you. As you work with us, you’ll get a first-hand taste of what this means.
Typically, another difference you’ll notice as a customer is the premium feel of going prescription compared to OTC. While OTC is good for a simple fix, prescription hearing aids usually incorporate advanced features and technologies. That can mean directional microphones, feedback cancellation, and fancy signal processing algorithms. The other half of the premium feel is professional support and follow-up care. Prescription hearing aids mean you get audiologist attention from your fitting to counseling to continuing check-ups.
OTC devices are getting better all the time. They’re great options for someone who has no medical issues with their ears, has minimal hearing loss, and wants a basic “boost.” We like to use the analogy of “readers” or “cheaters” in the glasses realm. We have to give a loving PSA as audiologists that it is best practice to have a hearing test performed to assess your hearing loss(and confirm that earwax or underlying medical issues aren’t culprits). An audiologist can help you understand if prescription devices or OTC would serve you best. There’s power in knowing!
The most important deciding factor that makes OTC products good is whether or not they’re good for you! Your specific hearing, lifestyle, and needs when it comes to hearing correction will all play into whether OTC technologies are a good fit. Not to mention, what works for one person may not be the best support for another.
Some of the good to consider with OTC hearing technology is that it tends to be accessible, affordable, and convenient. What’s missing tends to be customization, professional guidance, and a lack of advanced features when compared to prescription technology.
With BLUEMOTH, you get the best of both worlds with all the pros of prescription hearing aids alongside a more convenient and life-friendly approach when you have the option to try your tech at home before you buy and access to a more equitable price point.
This list is going to be constantly changing, but a few on the market now are Jabra (previously Lively), Eargo, Nano, Lexie, and Lucid.
If you choose an OTC device, regardless of brand, you have the option to make your purchase in-store or online. You will need to fit and adjust your OTC device yourself. For some, this independence sounds like a dream. For others, the dream is finding prescription technology and tackling fitting and adjustments under the care of an audiologist with access to holistic hearing wellness resources and follow-ups.
The FDA regulates OTC hearing tech as medical devices for adults.
Hearing aids can’t restore the natural, normal function of the ear. But they can help you understand speech more clearly and generally make hearing easier.
We don’t want to promise you anything we can’t deliver on. In reality, hearing aids won’t restore natural “normal” hearing. Although hearing technology is improving all the time, aids may not fully restore all the nuances of speech and sound perception. Everyone also has different auditory systems and processing abilities, so results may vary accordingly. Also, complex environments that are crowded or noisy may still be challenging, even with hearing aids.
That being said, while it may not perfectly restore hearing, technology can certainly enhance it and meaningfully improve your quality of life. Hearing devices can significantly improve communication and speech understanding. They can help you get back to all the things you love- the hobbies and conversations that get missed out on with hearing loss.
Hearing aids are incredible micro-technology with sophisticated sound processing. They keep getting smaller, faster, and better. Typically hearing aids come in a “bundled” fashion – meaning that you pay for the devices and all of the follow-up services provided. Hearing technology is definitely an investment in your overall health and wellness.
Hearing technology has undoubtedly come a long way- it gets more high-tech with every passing year. While that’s good news for your ears, it can be bad news for your wallet. Part of what you pay for is all the investment into research and development of cutting-edge technologies and algorithms by manufacturers.
Part of what you’re paying for is also the best of care;the support of audiologists to evaluate your hearing and administer tests, as well as provide counseling, programming, and fitting services. Not to mention the professional follow-ups to ensure your hearing technology is the perfect fit and continues to grow and change with you and your hearing needs. With BLUEMOTH, your initial experience and follow-ups will connect you with audiologists who are passionate about making sure you get to hear better, better.
Insurance companies frequently do not cover hearing aids. However, this is improving all the time. Reach out to your provider to see if they offer any benefits and how best to work with them. At BLUEMOTH, we can bring you premium technology through transparent means at a fair value price point – one way we manage this is by not working with insurance companies directly. If your insurance does have hearing aid benefits, you can submit your receipt of purchase for reimbursement through your insurance company.
Hearing loss is considered a “likely risk” since over 50% of people over the age of 75 experience hearing loss. As a result, many insurance companies aren’t willing to cover the cost of hearing aids. Of course, your mileage will vary and the only way to know for sure is to find out what’s covered by your provider and your plan.
Sometimes, insurance companies are willing to cover some of the other costs associated with your hearing technology, such as your hearing exam. Additionally, some employers offer specific hearing benefits. If you’re stuck on unraveling what’s covered and what isn’t reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we would love to tackle this with you.
Any prescription hearing aid will provide noticeable improvement to your abilities to hear and understand, but they are not all created equal. Each company offers a different sound experience. This is one reason we’re so excited to provide the BLUEMOTH experience box. All of the device options will be programmed according to your unique hearing loss, but YOUR subjective experience of each device may vary greatly.
Different brands can employ different features and technology in their hearing aids, with varying sophistication. Some brands might have specific innovations or features that set them apart from the competition.
Then there’s the question of style- different brands can vary significantly in their offered models, colors, and styles. Some brands might fit how you want your technology to look and feel better than others. It matters that you love the way your technology looks- you’ll be rocking it every day.
Another major factor is brand reputation and support. Some brands have established themselves as leaders in the hearing technology industry through a strong track record of reliable technology and customer satisfaction. Different companies can offer different support as a result, such as robust device servicing and easy access to customer care professionals.
Of course, my friend! That’s the whole goal of the BLUEMOTH experience. The BLUEMOTH experience allows you to try your top three recommended devices (chosen for you by answering a few quick questions in our Design Your BLUEMOTH Quiz) ***add link*** in the convenience of your home. We believe that the best judge of benefit is you – you’re the one who will rock these devices every day.
Everything about your hearing is individual to you. We don’t want you to fit a preset mold; we want to meet you where you are and put your preferences first. When you take the quiz, we’ll be able to gauge which devices will be best based on your preferences and the features of the technology available.
Once you get your box, we want you to take your tech on a test drive. Then another test drive, and another, and another (as many as you want!). The home trial is available to you for 45 days so that you can really get a feel for what living with your hearing technology will be like.
Realistically, you’re not going to be wearing your technology in an audiologist’s clinic the majority of the time. After the device is yours, you’ll be wearing it everywhere that you live your life. We want you to try them in all the places that matter most. Try out how they feel in a conversation with your friends or at a family dinner. Wear them on your commute and try them at school or work. Take them to band practice or that painting class you love. Your technology will go everywhere you go, so we think that’s the best way to do a trial run.
Getting hearing technology for the first time can take a little bit of adjustment. Some are good to go right out of the gate. But here’s what the average person can expect: Once you’ve selected your devices, they will be pre-programmed for your specific hearing loss (based on the hearing test/audiogram results you uploaded). Go ahead and give those a whirl! See how they sound in a myriad of situations and environments. Then, should you want changes, book a Programming Appointment with one of our hearing healthcare experts. We can make adjustments remotely based on your experiences and feedback. We can also always help ensure they are physically comfortable and stay in your ears well.
Your experience with BLUEMOTH isn’t just about awesome cutting edge tech, it’s also about having a team behind you. When you get your devices you’ll have plenty of time to play with the fit independently. You’ll also have access to quick and easy virtual consultations with our team of audiologists whenever you need them. We’re rooting for your hearing wellness, so we want to hear your feedback on your hearing tech journey and make all the little tweaks that make your hearing technology work like magic.
Schedule a meeting with the team any time and tackle anything, from help with troubleshooting pairing with your favorite Bluetooth devices, understanding and connecting accessories, changes in settings to fit your hearing better, physical comfort, and more.
Hearing aids can last a long time – these are the little engine that could, in most cases. On average, people buy hearing aids about every 4 years. Not because their current devices are dead or not working anymore. It’s usually because there have been enough advances in technology that the benefits of new hearing aids warrant the purchase price. Things such as keeping them dry, proper care, maintenance, and routine cleaning will help the longevity of your devices.
Fun Fact: The oldest set of working devices we’ve ever seen worn and running on a patient was 18 years old! That person was super happy when they graduated into new tech – night and day difference.
Your hearing tech is a really hard worker. It’s with you day in and day out, which naturally leads to wear and tear. However, the lifespan of your hearing technology isn’t just centered around when it starts falling apart. Really, the lifespan of your hearing technology has a lot to do with your needs and how they might change.
Think about the person you were 4 years ago. Chances are, something has evolved as you’ve lived and grown. Maybe you’ve picked up new hobbies, and now you can’t get enough of surfing or cooking classes. Maybe you’ve headed back into a classroom or into a new job. Eventually, you may find that you’ve outgrown your hearing tech and something new would be a better fit for your lifestyle.
Is all you’ve ever wanted hearing tech that can keep up with your active lifestyle? Thanks to advancements from hearing tech manufacturers, your device doesn’t have to stand between you and your passions. Our partnership with Phonak allows us to bring you the most waterproof hearing tech option on the market today. Whether you’re finding joy in hot yoga, hitting a trail, or visiting the beach, this new generation of hearing technology will be right there with you.
Computers and water aren’t really best friends, so we do not recommend getting your hearing technology wet if you don’t know that it’s specifically designed for that. If you have a specific set of devices in mind for this question, the best thing to do is to check out the specifications of the device model. You can find this on manufacturer websites, or by reaching out to a customer support representative. Many modern hearing aids are safe to use in the rain and hold up well to sweat.
It’s best to let your ears and body fully rest and relax at bedtime. We encourage people to put their devices on first thing in the morning and remove them last thing at night.
We’re flattered that you like your hearing tech enough to want it 24/7. However, a break can be a good thing too. We recommend that you wear your hearing devices often- including at home even if you live alone.
When it comes to sleep, it’s better to take them out overnight. Wearing your devices to bed can risk your devices falling out and getting lost or damaged. Plus, it’s a great chance to let your ears breathe and get air circulating. Stick your hearing aids in their case or into their charger so they’re ready to hit the ground running with you in the morning.
We LOVE realistic expectations, so this is one of our favorite questions. Each person’s experience and perceptions will be radically different. However, there are some super common things we like to share to set proper expectations at the outset.
Some things you may notice after being fit with hearing aids are:
We’ve already done the hard work of sorting through the hundreds of devices available to select the three most advanced devices available. That’s the beauty of the BLUEMOTH Experience. Each pair incorporates AI and Bluetooth technology and is stylish and comfortable. The other piece of the puzzle is what you tell us about yourself and your prescription. Based on your preferences, we send you three devices that match your lifestyle and hearing challenges. We’re sort of obsessed with getting you to your best hearing faster.
The manufacturers we have chosen to partner with represent the cutting edge in premium prescription technology, with sterling reputations in reliability and customer service to back them up. Each device you receive in your home trial is a hearing tech powerhouse. Each one comes packed not only with the best in current hardware, but also with innovative new technology and AI to fit your lifestyle.
Even more important than what we select is what you select. We want to see you put these devices to work and find your perfect match. Here are some features to pay attention to with each device when assessing your favorite:
Each pair of devices comes with ~ 20 hours of battery life so that you can compare devices in different situations. You can give your devices a trial run for one week to match your preference and lifestyle to the performance of each device. We want you to feel empowered to test drive them everywhere since that’s where they’ll be joining you every day once you’ve picked your perfect match.
During your home trial week you’ll be hearing from us a lot- encouraging you to make bold moves and put your tech to the test. We will be there every step of the way to help you get the most from your device, as well as to answer questions and troubleshoot. We also will supply you with plenty of suggestions and tips so you can make the most of your trial time.
Any time that you need answers or advice, we’re just a click away through quick and easy virtual consultations. When it comes to your hearing wellness, we’re in this together.
You will be evaluating three sets of hearing aids that come pre-programmed with your exact prescription in the experience box. Having your test results means no guessing or false comparisons, just better hearing faster.
This experience isn’t about taking shots in the dark. This is about a clear view of your hearing health and extreme precision and care in addressing your needs. We need you to upload your hearing test results because you and your unique hearing needs are the core of our hearing health mission.
Hearing test results allow our team of audiologists to custom program your hearing technology to fit your exact needs. This is one of the awesome things that sets premium prescription hearing tech apart- your treatment and symptom management will be curated just for you.
BLUEMOTH is for adults 18 years and older who have moderate hearing loss. By submitting your hearing exam, we can readily tell you if we are a good match for your needs.
Our number one priority is your hearing wellness. If you are an adult with hearing loss, we encourage you to give us a try. If you’re unsure, schedule a quick and easy virtual consultation with our team to discuss your hearing test. We can evaluate whether we’re a match or redirect you to the best care. Our audiologists are American Board of Audiology certified with over a decade of experience working with hearing loss and tinnitus.
Submit your hearing exam through your account portal and schedule a chat with our team so we can talk about how BLUEMOTH can fit into your life. If we aren’t the right match, we can help you figure out next steps.
Yes! Wearing hearing devices set perfectly to your hearing loss is the #1 way to combat tinnitus. We offer other technology and apps to provide further assistance. Of course – the guidance and counseling from our Audiology staff will help with additional tinnitus management strategies.
It’s very common for tinnitus to be accompanied by hearing loss. Imagine a phantom limb and how the brain might perceive pain even when there is no limb to send those nervous signals. As hearing is lost, the brain may replace the missing stimulation with perceptions of stimulation in the form of tinnitus. As a result, correcting hearing loss and providing the brain with acoustic stimulation can be a great way to quiet tinnitus.
Additionally, the BLUEMOTH experience gives you access to tinnitus management through tech, and an amazing care team to develop your treatment plan. Our audiologists are certified in tinnitus management by the American Board of Audiology. It isn’t just something we do- it’s our specialty. Get the best in care to complement your hearing tech and manage your symptoms.
Your hearing aids will be compatible with most Apple IOS and Android devices. If you have questions about pairing, look for instructions specific to your device manufacturer and model. Many manufacturers publish quick guides on their websites and there are often video resources available on YouTube.
One of the coolest things about hearing devices right now is how seamlessly they connect with the devices you already know and love. This includes functionality with your smartphone, computer, tablet, TV and more as well as being paired with manufacturer apps that have their own unique perks and functions. There’s so much fun you can have with this pairing functionality.
If you want to take it up a notch, check out some of the available accessories that can work with your tech. These can amp it up with your connection to your entertainment suite and improve the seamless integration of your new devices with the tech you have at home.
Ever use cheater glasses from the grocery store to read? They provide magnification only and don’t address specific issues with your vision. For some people, good enough is good enough. This is the same principle for OTC hearing aids. OTC devices can amplify sound, but they don’t address the full spectrum of your specific hearing needs. If you want more involvement and better hearing comprehension in various environments, BLUETOOTH is for you.
Trained audiologists are excited to optimize your BLUEMOTH devices based on your preferences. We’re here to answer questions, suggest modifications, and remotely assist in calibrating your devices. We’re not happy until you’re happy with how you’re hearing your world.
We want you to get all the benefits possible from your hearing technology. That’s why your devices come with the care of American Board of Audiology certified audiologists who can guide you through the process. Scheduling a consultation with a BLUEMOTH audiologist is just a few simple clicks away. Enjoy the convenience of fast and easy virtual meetings where we can tackle anything you want more info on.
Our audiologists also understand that hearing wellness is part of your holistic wellness. As a result, you can trust your provider to connect you with resources for your hearing tech as well as make recommendations for therapy and other tools and techniques that will improve your hearing wellness by treating the whole person.
Although hearing is vital to your overall health, insurance frequently does not cover hearing aids. Check with your provider to see if you are eligible for reimbursement.
Figuring out the fine print on these things can be a pain, and we totally get it. Try calling your provider representative for clarity on what kind of benefits you have and whether they can offset the cost of hearing tests, ear impressions, and hearing technology.
Are you stuck? We want to help! Schedule a quick and easy virtual consultation or email us at email@example.com and we would love to help you navigate insurance questions.
Traditional clinics pay their prices with high margins and obscure pricing practices. We’re fully transparent about what we charge, which is typically 25-40% lower than you’d pay for a comparable device from a local audiologist.
At BLUEMOTH we care about making sure we cut out the fees that don’t bring you value, without compromising on the features of our care that make this a premium experience.
Here’s where your money brings you value with BLUEMOTH:
Your new BLUETOOTH devices are very smart on their own, detecting changes in sound direction, intensity, and setting. Still, there are times when you may want more control. That’s where the app comes into play. Get even more involved in your hearing experience with the hearing apps. Plus, the app is super handy if you misplace your device.
Each manufacturer’s device has its own app with its own suite of tools and perks. We encourage you to play around and see everything this has to offer. This usually includes functionality to manage some settings and control your hearing devices. It also usually will provide you with helpful manufacturer support and guides or videos for addressing FAQs. Some also come with sound therapy libraries and fractal tones for you to enjoy!