Where to Get Hearing Aids
So you’ve noticed you have a hearing loss and are considering getting hearing aids, but you wonder, “Where do you get hearing aids?” It’s a valid question, and you have multiple options. The first thing to do is to figure out how bad your hearing loss is, and if you really even need hearing aids. To do this, you’ll want to get in touch with a local hearing aid dispenser or audiologist, and request a hearing screening. Most of the time, these screenings are relatively brief (around 30 minutes to an hour), and inexpensive or free. For some tips on finding a good hearing professional, see How to choose a hearing provider.
Aside from hearing aid dispensers and audiologists, an increasing number of primary care physicians are offering hearing screenings in their offices, so you might contact your doctor and request a screening there as well. Then, if hearing aids are necessary, they can usually refer you to a trusted local hearing aid provider.
If after your hearing screening it is discovered that you have a very mild loss, it may not be worth it to invest in traditional hearing instruments just yet, and you might look into a personal sound amplifier. PSA’s can often be found at retailers like RadioShack and Walmart, and will basically “hold you over” with a budget-priced device until your hearing loss is worse and you are ready to invest in a full-fledged, intelligent, digital hearing instrument.
In the event that your hearing loss does warrant the use of actual hearing aids, the hearing aid dispenser or audiologist that tested your hearing can make a number of recommendations. After the test, you can sometimes start a trial period with hearing aids immediately, and walk out of the office hearing better that day. Keep in mind that although hearing aids are an expensive investment, almost every hearing provider offers 100% refunds if you are not satisfied with your hearing aids within 30-60 days.
If you or a loved one would like a free phone consultation with a licensed hearing provider, please feel free to call us at 800-731-6794.