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Joel Silverman, HAD, BC-HIS
Buying New Hearing Aids
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Buying New Hearing Aids

Buying a hearing aid is an important decision on many levels as it is an investment in both money and time. However, the benefits one can gain from improved hearing will outweigh those investments on a daily basis. Therefore it is important to take the right approach in shopping for a hearing aid to ensure you or a loved one get the optimal solution for improving hearing capabilities.

1. Research hearing aid types Learn about hearing aid types and hearing technology to gain a basic understanding of the many choices available.

2. Undergo a hearing test and a complete hearing evaluation A comprehensive hearing test and evaluation is the first step toward identifying hearing loss and finding the right hearing aid for a specific hearing problem.

3. Honestly identify hearing needs Some hearing aids are well suited for noisy situations; others are not. Some hearing aid types are perfect for an active lifestyle, while others are better suited for quiet activities such as watching television or listening to music. Features, controls and even color may be important factors to consider when choosing the right hearing aid for your needs.

4. Understand hearing aid costs Hearing aids may be a larger purchase and as such, the buyer should receive a written contract that includes the cost of the hearing aids, as well as any services provided by the hearing professional. These services may include fitting, training and follow up appointments. Insurance coverage and financing may also be available to help make certain hearing aids more affordable.

5. Get a comfortable fit Custom earmolds ensure the best fit when purchasing new hearing aids. New hearing aids require a period of adjustment, and any level of discomfort could make the transition difficult.

6. Follow up Adjusting to new hearing aids takes time as the brain learns to hear again in a new way. Follow up appointments are imperative to get the most out of new hearing aids.

7. Ask about the return policy.

8. Understand the warranty.

9. Consider using hearing aids with other assistive listening devices Today's hearing aids are designed to work seamlessly with phones and audio equipment. Imagine having the sound from your radio or TV come through your hearing aid so others in the room can hear at comfortable levels. New wireless hearing aids may be the ultimate in convenience for the hard of hearing.

I hope this list provides a helpful guideline for making the right hearing aid purchase.

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