Thursday, November 20, 2014

What should I know about purchasing hearing aids?

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 hearing aids 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. 

Cost of the instruments varies depending upon the level of technology and features of the hearing aids.  The purchase of hearing aids is a major investment.  If the price is the largest hurdle in your decision to purchase hearing aids, be sure to consider if more basic instruments would be appropriate.  Inquire about the availability of financial assistance.  Although most insurance companies will cover the cost of the hearing testing, they generally do not cover the cost of hearing aids.

The hearing aids should be fit with a trial period.  Expect to be seen for at least two hearing aids checks, to discuss your progress.  Questions 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. This holiday season, please encourage those in your life who may need hearing assistance to take the first step and schedule a complete Hearing Evaluation.

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

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1 comment:

  1. I am trying to help my Grandmother get hearing aids for the first time. I have been surprised at the cost of hearing aids. I want to make sure my Grandmother gets a hearing aid that has really good sound quality. I will have to work with her audiologist to find the best hearing aid for her.