5 Top Tips for Purchasing Hearing Aids
This post was written by HEARINGLife Australia, one of the world’s leading networks of hearing care professionals. HEARINGLife has provided hearing services to Australians for over 70 years.
Purchasing a hearing aid is an investment in your quality of life. While they may seem costly at first, being fitted for the right hearing aid will pay off in the long run, and can dramatically improve your life and relationships with the people around you. Follow our 5 top tips to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for buying a hearing aid
1. Ask about different styles
Hearing aids come in a range of different models and it is important to pick the right one for your needs. If the look of the hearing aid is an important factor to you, make sure you tell your consultant. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of your hearing aid, you are less likely to wear it.
2. Trial your hearing aid before you buy
As you will be wearing your hearing aid for many years to come, it’s important to experience the look and feel of the hearing aid best suited to your specific level of hearing loss, lifestyle and expectations. Find a hearing aid clinic that will let you take a “test drive” before you buy so that you are less likely to experience any purchase regret and are satisfied with your final choice.
3. Inquire about follow-up care
Before purchasing your hearing instrument, it is important that you ask about any available aftercare programs. Your hearing may alter as you grow older, requiring fine-tuning of your hearing aid. Also, to ensure that your hearing aid will perform to its optimum level throughout the years, it is best to take it in for regular maintenance. Your hearing aid provider may also provide discounted or even complimentary hearing aid batteries. Ask your consultant to see what type of services they provide and what type of costs are involved
4. Undergo a thorough hearing test
In order for a hearing aid to perform properly and provide the beneficial results you seek, it is important to be fitted by a specialist who can adjust your hearing aid to your personal hearing issues. A hearing aid professional can determine what type of hearing impairment you have and will be able to cater to your individual needs.
5. Research hearing aid technology
Hearing aids have come a long way since they were first launched onto the market. With automatic digital hearing aids, setting and volume adjustments to the noise environment can be done automatically. This means that there is less effort required from the wearer and that the hearing aid will perform to its best in each listening environment that you are in. Many hearing aids can also now be used with Bluetooth compatible phones. Pairing these devices can reduce background noise and strengthen relevant sounds, resulting in better sound quality.
HEARINGLife aims to provide sufficient information about hearing loss, hearing aids and hearing tests by providing independent advice and to provide customers with options in a way that is easily understandable. More information can be obtained from HEARINGLife’s website and social media profiles: Google Plus | Facebook | Twitter
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