Five Things You Should Know Before Buying Hearing Aids
Just because you can buy a hearing aid cheaper at a retail store versus a Doctor’s office, that does not mean it is necessarily the same. In general, you get what you pay for. The least expensive hearing aid you can find is probably not going to sound very good. Make sure you also ask what kind of follow-up service is included in the price of the aids.
2. You can return them!
Most states require the dispenser to offer a trial period, usually 30 days. That means you can try the hearing aids before deciding if it is worth all the cost. For those states that do not require a trial period, some practices may offer one to you. Make sure this is one question you ask before buying! For a list of the required trial periods by state, you can visit www.hearingloss.org.
If you are going to purchase a hearing aid, the best person to do that from is an Audiologist. They are the most highly trained when it comes to diagnosing hearing loss and fitting appropriate hearing aids. Audiologists hold either a Master’s or Doctorate.
4. Not your grandfather’s hearing aid
When thinking about hearing aids you might visualize the big gunk sticking out of your grandfather’s ear. But, hearing aids have come a long way. They look a lot sleeker and are not as bulky. Some hearing aids can be connected to your cell phone, television, or iPod via Bluetooth technology. So if you are 30, 40, 50 years old and have some hearing loss, don’t worry! There is something that you can enjoy too!
In general, if you have hearing loss in two ears you should wear two hearing aids. We see better with two eyes and we hear better with two ears. Two aids will improve your safety because you can tell where sounds are coming from. Wearing two aids will also improve your understanding, especially in noisy situations. Obviously two aids are more expensive but it is worth the extra cost!