The purchase of a hearing aid is an important decision that can significantly increase your safety and quality of life. Here are ten steps to take before purchasing new hearing aids.
- Learn about hearing loss and how it can be treated.
- Take our free online hearing test. It only takes a few minutes and provides an accurate assessment of your hearing health. It will also give you a preview of what to expect should you require a professional hearing test.
- Find a hearing specialist in your area.
- Ignore the cheap advertising promises. Chances are you've gotten a few hearing aid mailings in your time, some boasting impossibly small numbers or "special offers" for the first 121 respondents. Always check the fine print and remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. True digital hearing aids come at a price and only provide beneficial results when they are adjusted to suit your individual hearing problems by a qualified specialist.
- Take a free professional hearing test with your hearing specialist and have all the details of the results explained to you.
- Have the different hearing aid models that may be suitable for you, your hearing problem and your lifestyle shown and explained to you at a pace that suits you.
- Find out what services are included in the price of your hearing aids. For example, is the important follow-up examination included? Make sure you also get your hearing specialist to tell you about insurance protection and other programs that can reduce the costs of maintenance, loss, and repair.
- Make sure the device is adjusted optimally. Poorly adjusted devices are uncomfortable to wear and do not provide the desired tone quality.
- Tell those around you about the new device and remind your friends and family that they no longer need to speak excessively loud.
- Find out exactly when the trial period for your device runs out.
Remember, hearing aids are an investment in you, your health, and your lifestyle, so take the time to find a knowledgeable and licensed hearing professional to help you find the right device for you and your hearing health needs.