Tips for Buying a Hearing Aid
If you think you may be suffering with hearing loss, the first step should be to get your hearing difficulties properly assessed by a hearing care professional. There are several different screening options and hearing tests which your hearing care professional may ask you to participate in, in order to determine the type, level and balance of the hearing loss you are experiencing. There is no definitive route of assessment, every case of hearing loss is unique and sufferers can be affected in a multitude of different ways. Whichever testing options your hearing provider chooses, you should leave your hearing test appointment knowing the following things:
- The severity of your hearing loss
- The type of hearing loss you are experiencing
- The balance of your hearing loss (one or both ears)
- Recommended treatment options based on your results
- Hearing aids and treatment
If your hearing loss is moderate to severe and cannot be treated medically or surgically, it is highly likely that your hearing care provider will recommend hearing aids. This may be something you had already considered doing, or it may be something you are keen to avoid. Many people are put off by the expense of hearing aids, however the truth of the matter is that they are usually well worth the money, particularly if your hearing loss has been negatively impacting several aspects of your life. A recent survey showed that over 90 percent of new hearing aid wearers are very happy with their choice to purchase a hearing device.
Hearing aid technology
Hearing aid technology improves year by year, there are now a wide variety of types and models available. While it is always good to have choice, it is important not to rush into a decision without discussing all suitable options with your hearing practitioner. Do not fall into the trap of purchasing an aid simply because it is marketed as being the most cutting edge technology, it may not be the most suitable option for your lifestyle or hearing needs.
When purchasing a new hearing aid, be sure to discuss the following points with your hearing care provider:
Which aids are best suited to your type of hearing loss?
Which aids are best suited to your lifestyle?
Does your hearing care provider know of any users who have this specific aid, if so, how satisfied are they with their purchase?
- Is there any risk of harm with this aid?
- Has this aid been approved by a regulatory agency?
- Does this aid come with a guarantee?
- Will my insurance cover this aid or are there any payment plan options?
- If I am not satisfied with my purchase, can I return my aid and get a refund?
Buying a new hearing aid can be an exciting time if you work with your hearing care provider to ensure you find the right model for you!