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Posted on Monday, July 02, 2012

Hearing Aids: Purchasing Do's and Don'ts

Behind-the-Ear hearing aid is once choice among many.

When it comes to investing in hearing aids there are a lot of sophisticated choices. Today's hearing aids provide discreet, comfort and advanced features that adjust to a person's environment while storing a users preferences. The amazing advances of hearing aids can make purchasing the right ones seem daunting. Following a few simple do's and don'ts can help make the process easier.

Treating hearing loss with hearing aids has been shown to improve job performance and compensation, create healthier communication and relationships. In fact, it is now believed that hearing healthcare can be one of the greatest contributors to health as people age. But that doesn't mean purchasing the right hearing aid is always easy. Follow these simple guidelines to help you with your decision:

Do Testing: Visit an audiologist and have your hearing loss properly tested to make sure you get the hearing aid best suited to your needs. There are subtle ranges of hearing loss that need to be properly and precisely analyzed and diagnosed by a hearing healthcare professional.

Don't Assume: Hearing loss is sometimes a symptom of another condition, don't assume it is the cause of age or noise. An audiologist can diagnose the reasons for hearing loss and also detect other conditions that might go unnoticed if you try to purchase hearing aids online.

Do Reasearch: Discuss with your audiologist which hearing aid features will best fit your needs. There are a wide range of hearing aids available for today’s consumers and they have many unique features. If you travel a lot or are in a lot of noisy areas you'll need a hearing aid that adapts automatically to background noise. Check out this earlier post on hearing aid styles and Secondsense Hearing Solutions has a comparison of models and styles to help you out.

Don't Cheat Yourself: Don't purchase a hearing aid without doing research into how much your insurance or medicaid will cover and look into alternative funding sources. Hearing aid funding is available from many different places, as this earlier post on hearing aid funding shows.

Do Check Credentials: Make sure the hearing health professional you chose has an advanced degree and read this post to learn the difference between an Audiologist, an ENT, and a hearing aid dispenser.

Don't Buy Online: There are many places to buy hearing aids. But not all sources are recommended or equal. Buying hearing aids online could void the warranty. Make sure you are buying your hearing aid from a certified hearing health professional.

Do Ask About Follow-Up Care: It’s not just about the hearing aid. Hearing aids require several follow-up appointments in order to get the sound system tailored to your specific hearing loss. Most audiologist include all follow up care and adjustments in their price, but this isn't always the case with hearing aids purchased online or in big chain stores.

Don't Forget Service: Do ask how the device will be serviced. 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.

Do Consider Insurance: Hearing aids can be easily lost or damaged on trips or through other non-warrantied instances, and in many cases the extra insurance is not that high and depending on the price of the hearing aid might warrant serious consideration.

Finding the right hearing aid is worth the time and effort of visiting a professional and having your hearing loss properly diagnosed. Today's hearing aids not only have advanced technology and directional microphones, but are better fit for comfort and have hundreds of different styles and solutions. If you have hearing loss there is no better time to try the wonders of this marvelous technology, so visit your hearing health provider today!

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. 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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