Hearing loss information and resources
Hearing Loss Association of Washington provides these links as a convenience to visitors to our site. This list is not all inclusive. Listed links are not intended to be interpreted as recommendations. Any exclusions should not be interpreted as showing disapproval.
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One of our most frequent questions is how to buy hearing aids. Here is a Consumer Reports article that lays out the choices: Best and Worst Hearing Aid Brands and Retailers, January 2019. Inside this article are links to a number of other valuable articles, including:
- Hearing Aids Ratings & Buying Guide
- Protect Your Hearing Now
- 5 Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs
- Better TV Sound for Those With Hearing Loss
- Sound Advice About Hearing Loss
- Getting Hearing Aids Without a Prescription
- Hearing Problems? The Right Headphones and Phone and TV Settings Might Help
Whatever hearing aid you buy, be sure to order one with a telecoil. A telecoil is a small sensor or copper wire placed in the hearing aid which, when activated, picks up a magnetic signal from hearing-aid-compatible hearing assistive systems. This allows the hearing aid wearer to hear clearly in conference rooms, concert halls, museums, taxis, subways, airports, etc., where there are hearing assistive systems.
HLAA-WA is part of the national Get-in-the-Hearing Loop campaign, advocating for audio induction loops (hearing loops) in a room or space (e.g., conference table). Hearing loops send the sound from a PA system or microphone to a telecoil in a hearing aid or CI. Listeners receive convenient, clear sound without background noise, right in the ear, customized to their own hearing loss. Be sure to get a Telecoil in your hearing aid!