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What to Expect When Purchasing Hearing Aids
What Patients Should Know Before Buying a Hearing Aid
Purchasing hearing aids is a big investment. Not only will hearing correction change your life, it will also require frequent updates to your hearing prescription every few years. Since hearing aids only last from three to five years, patients will have to go through the buying process more than once. No wonder the average person puts off buying a hearing aid for ten years after they initially need them!
Although the thought of buying a hearing aid can be daunting, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Our audiologists can guide you through the process, helping you select the device that is most comfortable for your condition as well as your wallet. In this article, we describe a few of the options on today’s hearing aids as well as some “optional extras” that can be offered during shopping.
What to Consider When Buying Your First Hearing Aid
Hearing aids are extremely personal, and offer a wide range of options to suit every kind of wearer. There are many styles and colors to choose from, and many different levels of technology available. Some hearing aids automatically change in noisy situations to make it easier for the wearer to understand conversational speech. Some hearing aids have music setting to give the wearer a more enjoyable experience listening to their favorite tunes. Many offer a Bluetooth connection that automatically connects to a cell phone, making listening and talking on the telephone easier than ever.
Choosing the right level of technology to fit your lifestyle and budget takes thought and professional advice. There are accessories available that may prove to be life changing, and your hearing care provider should invest the time to make sure you get the most out of your device. It takes an understanding professional who can explain things in different ways so the user can become familiar with the options their hearing aids have.
Nowadays, insurance companies are seeing a way to “get in the market” by offering “discount” plans to Medicare clients. These companies limit the choices to certain makes and models, pre-programming the hearing aids at the factory and mailing them directly to the patient. Unfortunately, a hearing aid will never fit perfectly “right out of the box.” It will need adjustments to suit the patient—especially for the first time wearer. Even hearing aids that are programmed to fit a patient’s audiogram will need fine-tuning once the patient is wearing the device.
People who buy a hearing aid online are at a disadvantage when they need adjustments or repairs for their devices. Hearing aid service providers may charge a premium for the services since they did not sell the device. When you purchase hearing aids from a local professional, cleanings and adjustments are typically included, and further services may be covered under the warranty.
When it comes to a major purchase, careful counseling and training are necessary to ensure the best possible experience. Our board-certified audiologists perform thorough testing, offer a wide range of hearing aid options, and fine-tune your device to make sure you are satisfied with your purchase. Call the number on this page or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment today!