Top Tips For Buying Hearing Aids

The number of people around the world experiencing hearing loss is expected to reach 630 million by 2030. As the number of people with hearing impairments grow, so will the demand for hearing aids.

466 million

persons in the world with disabling hearing loss

While hearing aids can’t restore your normal hearing, they are an important investment that can significantly improve your hearing and enhance your quality of life. Here are some useful tips to help you buy your next hearing aids.

Find a qualified hearing specialist

The best place to buy hearing aids is from a qualified hearing care professional who can diagnose and treat your hearing loss. Make sure your hearing specialist:

  • Has the required professional qualifications
  • Has good experience
  • Comes recommended from family, friends or your doctor
  • Has good customer reviews

Have a thorough hearing evaluation

A comprehensive hearing test and evaluation will identify your type of hearing loss and appropriate treatment. Ensure you understand the results of your evaluation, the type of hearing loss you have, its severity and which sounds you’re currently not hearing.

Compare hearing aids

Compare the key features of hearing aids to help you decide the best hearing aids to suit your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. Make sure you test a variety of different brands and models and follow these steps:

  • Listen to the sound of your voice
  • Use it in different program settings and environments
  • See what it’s like when using a phone

Review the price

A more expensive hearing aid can sometimes be worth the higher price tag, or you might be paying for features you don’t need. You also need to be cautious about buying cheap hearing aids, too. When choosing a hearing aid, be sure you know exactly what’s included in the total price.

Have a proper fitting

It’s important that you have a proper fitting to ensure your hearing aids fit well and don’t move or whistle when you talk. When you are looking for the best place to buy hearing aids from, choose somewhere that offers a good fitting and aftercare service where they will adjust the hearing aids if required.

Try before you buy

You should never buy a hearing aid without trying it first. This is the only way you will know whether it’s comfortable and address your specific hearing loss. It may take you a little to time to adjust to wearing hearing aids and hearing the ‘new’ sounds around you.

Check the warranty

It’s important to check the warranty on your hearing aids before you buy. You should be given a copy of the warranty and a clear explanation of what it does and doesn’t cover. Make sure you know:

  • Length of time the warranty covers
  • Your options to extend it
  • Whether it covers cover maintenance and repairs
  • Who covers the warranty?

Follow-up appointments

Keep your follow-up appointments with the hearing specialist so they can check the hearing aids are working effectively. It’s quite normal for new hearing aids to need adjustments as you get used to hearing a full range of sounds.

Accessories/assistive listening devices

Remember to ask your hearing care professional about which accessories and assistive listening devices work with your hearing aids. There are a number of devices and apps that can be linked with your hearing aids to improve your audio experience.

There are many types of hearing aids available, so whatever type of lifestyle you enjoy, you’ll be able to find the best hearing aids for you.

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