Buying hearing aids can be a very daunting process. The nature and degree of your hearing loss will be a factor in determining the style of instrumentation that will be appropriate for you. The audiologist will guide you through this process. Information regarding your life style, work setting, recreational activities and expectations from amplification will be helpful in making a decision regarding the hearing aids.
Several different styles are available. The number of microphones, programs and features should be thoroughly discussed, as well as the availability of a telecoil. Not all features and styles are appropriate for every person or every type of hearing loss.
Cost of the instruments varies depending upon the level of technology and features of the aids. If the price of the hearing aids would cause you not to buy them, be sure to ask if a more basic model would also be appropriate for you needs. Inquire about the availability of financial assistance. Although most insurance companies will cover the cost of the hearing assessment, they generally do not cover the cost of hearing aids.
The hearing aids should be fit with a trial period . You should expect to be seen for at least two or three hearing aids checks, to discuss your progress. Questions you have regarding the hearing aids, how they function, how well you are hearing in quiet and in noise, on the phone and in challenging listening situations will be addressed. If at the end of the trial period, you are not satisfied with the hearing aids, you have the right to return them or exchange them and try something different. Generally, there is a non-refundable fee when the instruments are returned.Purchasing hearing aids should be a positive experience with a successful outcome. Work together with your audiologist for the best results.
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