Consumer Resources

Signs of hearing loss

The following questions may help you to detect a hearing loss.

If you answered "yes" to two or more of these questions, you may be having difficulty hearing. Please refer to our "find an audiologist" section to schedule a complete hearing evaluation.

Why are hearing aids expensive?

According to the American Academy of Audiology, these are some of the reasons hearing aids cost so much:

  1. They are sold in relatively low volume (i.e. approximately 1.7 million hearing aids for 30 million hard of hearing are sold per year, as compared to several million stereos).
  2. The amount of time and money spent by manufacturers on research and development is considerable. One manufacturer claims to have spent over 20 million dollars developing a single hearing aid model.
  3. The amount of time spent by an audiologist with a patient is very significant. Data indicate that an average of five direct contact hours is spent during the first year a patient receives hearing aids. This time is critical for new users, particularly to assist during the acclimatization process.

Audiologists, like consumers, are concerned with keeping the cost of hearing aids affordable. the reality is, communication is one of the most important skills humans have. So, if wearing hearing aids allow you to resume normal activities and communicate with loved ones, the cost becomes much more justifiable.

Consumer Links


The American Academy of Audiology promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness and support of research. for the consumer, the academy offers a variety of information including general knowledge of audiology, infant hearing, hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus, personal stereo systems and wireless technology just to name a few.


Audiology Online is dedicated to serve as an informational resource for the benefit of patients. As well, Audiology online brings news, information and professional education to its readers.


Founded in 1976, this international organization offers a variety of resources for both the practicing audiologist as well as the consumer including general information about hearing loss, understanding the services audiologists provide.


General hearing and hearing aid information. An excellent resource for the general public and audiologists.


Committed to a cure. The American Tinnitus Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to tinnitus education, advocacy, resource and support