Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2015

Five Mistakes People Make When Buying Hearing Aids

Couple considers the give mistakes people make when buying hearing aids.

Hearing aids can help provide a better quality of life. They are shown to aid relationships and help in work and in social settings, but many people find themselves overwhelmed with the information and choices available when it comes to buying a hearing aid. Before you buy your first or next set of hearing aids, makes sure you know the five mistakes people make when buying hearing aids.

Get the Right Fit
Getting the right fit for your hearing aid is essential for optimal hearing and comfort. Hearing aids are complicated and technical instruments and should be fitted and adjusted to each individual. Though there are similar types of hearing loss, each person hears in specific ways. Hearing aids typically require several professional adjustments before they are aligned for an individual’s precise needs. Learn More

Lifestyle Matters
Whether it's swimming, jogging, or hiking you want to be able to depend on your hearing aids. Today's hearing aids have a lot of features you may want and some you don't. Before you buy make a list of "must haves" for your hearing aids. If water resistance is important, put it on the list. If you are in a lot of meetings at work in conferences rooms, you're going to want hearing aids that are Bluetooth compatible or that sync easily with assistive listening devices. High sound quality, flexibility, durability, dust resistance, and water proof features are all ways hearing aid manufacture's are improving today's hearing technology. According to the Better Hearing Institute, "From packaging that makes battery swaps as simple as slide and click to hearing aids that adapt to your listening preferences without you having to think about it, to hearing aids that stand up to everything from a round of golf to laps in the pool, hearing aid technology will only get better and better." So make sure to know exactly what you want before you buy.

Don't Sacrifice Substance for Savings
Today there are a lot of choices when it comes to buying hearing aids. Because there are many big chain stores to choose from in a given area. Though pricing for hearing aids at big chain stores is generally less than a doctor's office, they also tend to stock hearing aids that are a few years behind in technology. Also, they have a limited selection, and don’t offer the same broad scope of service and support found in the office of a hearing health professional. People can also lose out on repairs when it comes to big chain stores or clubs, because of limited hours and because chain stores and clubs insist on software made exclusively for them, so that having the hearing aid repaired elsewhere is impossible. Learn More

Plan Ahead
Many people don't ask how their hearing aid will be serviced if there is a problem. Finding out in advance can save you a lot of time and frustration. Best is on-site service, but if an aid must be sent away, find out if you’ll be provided a loaner aid. Ask how much service typically costs for a device that’s out of warranty. Don't automatically buy an extended warranty up front. After an out-of-warranty repair, the manufacturer may provide a new, free warranty - typically for 12 months. Also, be aware that many big chain stores may limit service to certain days the hearing instrument section is opened and patients still have to contend with other customers. Also, if you happen to be in a place without a big chain store, you're going to have a hard time getting your hearing aid repaired. Learn More

Have Realistic Expectations
As the Better Hearing Institute notes, “There is a common misconception that hearing aids are the "cure all" for hearing loss. In reality, improving communication involves a long-term rehabilitative process in which the hearing aid is only part. As such, you should enter into this rehabilitative process with realistic goals. Know what to expect from the hearing aid and your hearing health provider.” Learn More

Having unrealistic expectations or a bad experience with an improperly fitted hearing aid—fitting a hearing aid takes more than one appointment, can lead to frustration with hearing loss solutions and cause people to turn away from this helpful technology. It's important that before you buy, you speak with a qualified audiologist about what your expectations are, their fitting process, and their services. Having a qualified hearing health professional that you are comfortable with can make all the difference as you transition into new hearing aids or an upgraded pair. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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