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The Process of Buying Hearing Aids

If you’re thinking about buying hearing aids then you need to read this first. Buying and more importantly wearing the correct hearing aids can transform your life. But deciding which hearing aids are best for you is a process. Getting clarity on the following steps or questions will help make buying hearing aids a much easier and more satisfying process.

  1. Do you need hearing aids?
  2. Will you benefit from hearing aids?
  3. Choosing the right hearing aids
  4. Are you committed to better hearing?

 

If you’re like most people the realisation that you need hearing aids may have taken several years. Passing through the stages of denial, grief and anger takes time and everyone processes those stages in different ways and at different speeds. But if you’re reading this then you probably realise the dangers of ignoring your hearing loss and are ready to take the next step.

Do you need hearing aids?

This is the time to have your hearing professionally assessed and to identify what has caused your hearing loss. It’s important to rule out any medical causes for your hearing loss. Some hearing loss is treatable and it’s important to get the right treatment as soon as possible. This is a critical step so you’ll want to make sure you choose the right hearing professional.

Your hearing professional will test your hearing using a range of tests to determine whether you have sensorial or conductive hearing loss. These tests will provide clear measurable and accurate data about your hearing loss. The tests will also help to identify the cause and whether or not you will benefit from hearing aids. It’s important for your own process to understand the results of these tests so make sure you ask any questions that come to mind.

Will you benefit from hearing aids?

So the tests have confirmed that hearing aids will help you better understand conversations in noisy settings, allow you to hear your loved ones chatting or enhance your pleasure listening to music, theatre or watching a film.  Now you have to ask yourself are you ready to make the most of the transformative power of hearing aids?

Adapting to hearing aids does take time, as long as 6 months, so you need to make sure you’re motivated. You don’t want to be that person who leaves their hearing aids in the drawer. To avoid this sort of frustration it’s important to understand just how much improvement you can expect from hearing aids and how long it will take to adapt.

Your hearing professional will test your hearing using a range of tests to determine whether you have sensorial or conductive hearing loss. These tests will provide clear measurable and accurate data about your hearing loss. The tests will also help to identify the cause and whether or not you will benefit from hearing aids. It’s important for your own process to understand the results of these tests so make sure you ask any questions that come to mind.

Choosing the right hearing aids

It’s vital to choose hearing aids that suit your type and degree of hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your budget. Modern hearing aids make the most of the enormous technological innovation and advances of recent years. There are so many brands and models available now to choose from that it can be confusing. 

Understanding how hearing aids work will help you choose the right hearing devices for your needs. You’ll also want to know how the different levels of technology relate to your hearing expectations. Your hearing professional can help provide clarity for you as you think about what you want from your hearing aids.

Some of the key aspects of technology you might want to consider include:

  • Battery performance—modern hearing aids such as the Oticon, Starkey, and ReSound ranges boast exceptional battery performance thanks to advanced lithium-ion batteries
  • Exceptional sound quality—lovers of music, theatre and film might want to consider devices from the Phonak, Widex or ReSound families
  • Connectivity—if connectivity to all your devices is important then you’ll want to look at a Phonak or Resound device
  • Invisibility—if you’re feeling very self-conscious about wearing hearing aids then the Phonak Lyric might be perfect for you

Check out this blog for some ideas that will help you decide which hearing aid is best for you. You can also try this handy online tool to help you identify your ideal hearing aid.

Are you committed to better hearing?

There are some challenges to face when you first start out wearing hearing aids. And perseverance will bring enormous rewards as you start to hear once more those sounds you’ve longed to hear. It will help you to make a list of the things you’ve been missing out on as a result of your hearing loss. 

It may be that you’ve struggled with the noise at social events and so reduced your social life. Maybe there has been increased tension in your home life due to the mutual frustrations you and your loved ones have experienced with miscommunications. Perhaps you’ve been turning the TV volume up so loud it’s forced your family to complain. Are you struggling to hear other people on the phone or constantly asking people to repeat themselves? 

Making a list of the things you’ve been missing out on will help you stay focused on the goal of adapting to your hearing aids and getting the moist out of them. A House of Hearing professional will ensure your hearing aids are fitted correctly. Your hearing aids will also need adjustments from time to time as you adapt to your devices. It’s important that you take an active interest in fine-tuning your hearing aids.

You might be able to buy cheap hearing aids online but you will miss out on this invaluable fitting service and the ongoing servicing, backup support and care that will make adjusting to your hearing aids so much easier and smoother.

House of Hearing offers an extensive range of premium quality hearing aids from all the major manufacturers backed up by a range of professional services, and peace of mind warranties. Whatever your hearing needs and budget requirements, House of Hearing can help make sound a special part of your life one more.