A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Dr. Gus Neoclis

Dr. Gus Neoclis

Dr. Neoclis received his Doctor of Science in Audiology Degree (Sc.D.) from Montclair State University in 2010. In addition, Dr. Neoclis is certified, as he holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of Audiology.
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If you are suffering from hearing loss there are treatment options to help your ability to hear and process information. A hearing aid can help magnify sounds so that you will be able to hear more conversations. Not every hearing aid will work for every person. There are some tips for finding the best hearing aid based on individual needs.

Get Some Help

Always go shopping for a hearing aid with another person. Two people will remember more specific information about the hearing aid than one person.

 Provider

Always shop with a trusted provider. Audiologists can recommend hearing aids. They are licensed to recommend and sell hearing aids. Referrals for a good audiologist in the area can be found from another doctor or the American Academy of Audiology.

Prioritize

A person needs to tell the provider what they need in a hearing aid. If a person is active, they need to speak up. If they are looking to hear the television or conversations with others, they need to help their provider know. This will help them determine which hearing aid is best.

Get Tested Again

When looking for a hearing aid ask the audiologist for a hearing test. This will help them determine where the hearing loss is occurring and the type of loss. This will help them choose the correct hearing aid based on specific needs.

Ask for a Demonstration

Do not be afraid to test the hearing aid out before making a purchase. The audiologist may have a plug that is disposable on the tip of the hearing aid if they recommend the model that is worn behind the ear. This will allow a person to see how it works. There may also be a simulated sound field to test it out in different settings. If a person is not happy with one model, they should test others out until they find one that feels comfortable.

Add-on Features

A hearing aid may come with some aid on features that can be used in certain situations. There may be directional microphones that can be used to help in noisy places. The hearing aid may have a telecoil to help when talking on the phone. Some devices use modern technology to make it easier for a person to hear. A person needs to think about what they do and what they are looking for. If they do not need a feature, they should not spend the extra money to purchase it.

Get Prices and Features in Writing

 Make sure you get a copy of the contract for the hearing aid in writing and signed by the professional. This includes the make and model, price, fees, and a trial period. Many manufacturers will allow a person a trial period ranging between 30 and 60 days. 

Training

Once a hearing aid is put into the air a person may still not know what to do with it. The brain does not know how to process the sound. Aural rehabilitation and auditory training can be done at home and in group sessions so a person will get the most out of their hearing aid.

Price is Negotiable

Hearing devices are not cheap. They can cost between $1,6000 and $3,000. The outlay is not covered by most insurance companies. A person should ask about payment plans and discounts that they can get to help with the purchase of the device. Since the markup is 117 percent this can help lower the cost.

Make Sure it Fits

Do not leave the office of the audiologist without testing out the hearing aid and making sure it fits. The hearing add has to fit in the ear physically and a person should test out the features. They need to make sure the hearing aid is performing as intended. There is an automated real-ear test so a person will know how the hearing aid is going to perform in the real world.

These are some things that can help a person shop for a hearing aid. They will be able to find a hearing aid they meet their needs and will allow them to live life without any changes due to hearing loss.