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Ann M. Quarantillo, AuD, Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist
Tips When Considering Hearing Aids
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Tips When Considering Hearing Aids

The decision to buy hearing aids is a big one. The more informed one is about the process, the more smoothly it will go. People who are considering trying hearing aids should educate themselves, research as much as possible, and ask questions. Here is some preliminary information and tips for purchasing hearing aids.
Before Buying
Hearing aids are designed to help people hear better, not restore hearing to normal. One should keep their expectations realistic in order to be successful.
Be patient. Hearing aids are not something that a person usually can get used to overnight. It takes time for the ears and brain to adjust to hearing and processing sounds again. The dispensing audiologist should help in every way possible acclimate patients to their new devices.
No two patients are alike. Although someone may have a friend or family member who had great success with their hearing aids, this may not be the right choice for everyone. Be prepared to try different sizes, styles, and brands to find the most satisfactory one. The dispensing audiologist can guide patients through this decision making process.
Digital versus Non-Digital
Basic non-digital hearing aids, or analog, are available for people with a less intricate type of hearing loss. This type of circuitry is basically like an amplifier, it simply increases the volume of sounds.
Digital hearing aids represent the most advanced technology available and are like little computers in your ears. These hearing aids are constantly improving and are now available in a variety of types and styles.
Think of buying a hearing aid like purchasing a car. Like car manufacturers, factories that make hearing aids produce several models that come with different features that can be selected based on ones preference and budget. Overall, digital hearing aids have a more natural sound quality and can be adjusted using computer and fitting software to fit many degrees and configurations of hearing loss.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Patients are entitled to a trial period to evaluate their new hearing aids. If a patient is not able to adjust to them or simply changes their mind, tell the audiologist and discuss options. Be sure the terms of the trial period are clear prior to purchase.
There may be other fees associated with hearing aids that are not included in the price. For example, hearing aids are powered by batteries that will need to be replaced approximately every two weeks. Although it is not a large expense, about $1.00 per battery, it is a cost that patients should be aware of.
Hearing aids should come with some type of warranty. Be sure to discuss this information at the time of purchase.
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