Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012

Improve Your Hearing

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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 improving hearing can be one of the greatest contributors to health as people age. That doesn't mean getting help for your hearing loss and purchasing the right hearing aid is always easy. A few simple guidelines can help.

Improving Your Hearing Guidelines

Get Proper 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. 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, so make sure to ask about follow up care and service before purchasing.

Beware Assumptions: 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.

Remember to Research: Discuss with your audiologist which hearing aid features will best fit your needs and help improve your hearing. 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.

Purchasing Power: Most people assume their health insurance won't cover any of the purchase of a hearing aid. That's simply not true. Many insurances cover the cost of seeing a hearing health provider, and many provide a portion or more of the cost of hearing aids. There are also many low interest places to find loans for medical devices that improve hearing, like hearing aids or even funding, as this earlier post on hearing aid financing and funding shows.

Find a Qualified Professional: 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.

Beware Purchasing 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.

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. Finding the right hearing aid is worth the time and effort of visiting a hearing health professional and having the degree and severity of your hearing loss properly diagnosed.

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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