A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

Reed Fenton, HIS Hearing Loss

Reed Fenton, HIS

Congratulations on your decision to seek hearing assistance! Simply by taking the first step to seek out some help, you have embarked on the road toward better social connections, easy movement through the world, and a sense of wellbeing. You are on the right track! However, once you decide to seek hearing assistance, the task can feel overwhelming. The range of options is incredible and always growing, and you might wonder how you can choose among the many possibilities out there. The good news is that help is on the way to make these important choices. By working with a hearing health professional, you will be able to align your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget to get the perfect set of hearing aids for you. Let’s consider a few helpful tips to get you going in the direction of hearing assistance as soon as possible.

Enlist Support

While you go through the process of seeking hearing assistance, it is a great idea to bring along a friend, family member, or loved one. Not only will the company make the process more enjoyable, you will also benefit from having another person there to talk with your hearing health professional and to remember what is said. With so many questions, answers, and details flying back and forth, it will be important to have help remembering how the process will work.

Prioritize Your Needs

Before you have your hearing consultation, consider the contexts and environments in which you need to hear more clearly. If you have a very active lifestyle, you might want to choose aids suited to a variety of activities and conditions. Perhaps you are most interested in hearing the television, music, and media devices at home. Others will know that they have the most trouble hearing conversations in noisy restaurants or with children who have higher voices. Each of these pieces of information will be part of the puzzle used to pair you with the perfect set of hearing aids.

Consider Special Features

The latest hearing aids come equipped with a wide range of features and add-ons that can help you however you need it. Many are Bluetooth equipped, making it possible to have your phone ring directly to your hearing aids. You can even stream music, movies, and television directly to your hearing aids, keeping you from turning up the volume to a very high level at home. However, some people will find these features unnecessary. Sometimes these features come at no additional cost, but other times they will raise the price of your aids. Consider carefully what features would be a benefit to you and which you would be unlikely to use.

Demonstration and Training

Once you have an idea what hearing aids will work for you, it is important to take advantage of demonstration and training possibilities. Your hearing health professional will not only be able to show you how to turn on, turn up, and insert your hearing aids, you can also spend some time getting used to them and trying to insert them yourself. Some hearing aids have apps that are compatible, making it possible to adjust levels without even touching the aids themselves. Your provider can show you how to use these features before you take the aids home and try them on your own.

Fitting Your Budget

Don’t hesitate to talk about financing up front. Hearing aids can be pricey in some cases, but there are options for you to make them fit your budget. If the cost becomes prohibitive, make sure you talk to your hearing professional about it. They may know of a similar set of hearing aids that cost less and still offer the features you need.

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With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to finding the perfect set of hearing aids for your personal needs. Each individual is different, just like each set of hearing aids is slightly different, as well. Once you get your hearing aids, also be sure to take some time to get used to them. Although it may take a time or two adjusting to your newfound hearing ability, you will soon find them indispensable!

Contact us at House of Hearing to learn more about how hearing aids can benefit you.