10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Hearing Aid
You’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss and have been told by an audiologist or other hearing healthcare professional that you would benefit from hearing aids.
There are so many hearing aids available on the market today that it can be tough to know which ones will work best for you. And, because hearing aids are an important investment, choosing a pair isn’t a decision you want to take lightly.
Consider these 10 questions about hearing aids that you can ask yourself, your audiologist or hearing aid provider, to help narrow down the right pair for your type and degree of hearing loss, as well as your lifestyle.
Ten questions to ask before choosing a hearing aid
- Which hearing aid style is best for my hearing loss?
- Which hearing aid style is best for my lifestyle?
- Do I need any digital features?
- What are the benefits of each hearing aid feature, such as directional microphones, automatic volume, feedback reduction, wind reduction and more?
- Will I be able to operate the programs myself?
- How many channels do the hearing aids have and how many do I need?
- Do the hearing aids come with a remote control? Do I need a remote control?
- How do the hearing aids work with telephone or other assistive listening devices?
- How do I care for the hearing aids?
- How will I pay for my hearing aids?
Rest assured that a hearing healthcare professional such as an audiologist is trained in picking out the right hearing aid for their patients. They will begin the decision-making process by narrowing down options based on the type and degree of hearing loss you are diagnosed with. From there, the audiologist will ask about your lifestyle and determine the styles that would best suit how you live. From there, it’s important to choose a hearing aid that works with your routine, abilities and pocketbook.
Remember, your audiologist wants you to select the right hearing aids for your needs. Selecting the right devices not only improves your listening experience, but your quality of life. Work with your audiologist to determine which styles and features of hearing aids are most important to you.