What to Look For When Buying Hearing Aids

July 28th, 2014 by Gina Wolfgram, Au.D. Comments »

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There may come a time in life when you realize the “huh”s and “what”s have become more frequent and the conversations have become more difficult. This is because your ears may not be picking up all the sounds around you, which creates a Sound Void®.  A Sound Void is a moment that lacks in clarity and understanding, which can make conversation difficult. It may even stop some people from participating in their normal activities because communication becomes too hard. Staying active and social in your life is important as it keeps the brain active; this can prevent earlier onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

If somebody starts to notice these Sound Voids, what can be done? A complete hearing evaluation is important to start. However, hearing aids are usually the best option. So if you or a loved one are at the point where hearing aids are being considered, where do you start? How do you shop for hearing aids?

Find the right hearing aids

One of the biggest things to keep in mind when shopping for hearing aids is that not all hearing loss is created equal. In fact, it is quite the opposite — every loss is unique, and to be truly successful with amplification, the devices need to be customized for each ear. Getting properly customized hearing aids requires going to a hearing healthcare professional, such as an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist. Investing in a high-end device may not lead to high-end results if it is not fit appropriately for your ear.

Choosing the right audiologist

Hearing aids also require regular maintenance in order to keep them working the best they can. When purchasing, you should make sure that you will be able to get service for the device as often as you need, without limits. Because the service and the professional whom you work with are vital to your success with new hearing aids, I recommend shopping for the professional first. Finding someone you are comfortable with and who demonstrates proper knowledge of the process can mean all the difference. Once you find your hearing professional, they should be able to guide you toward the style, technology, and type of hearing aid that is right for you. A consultation is the best way to discover this.

A few final things to consider before your consultation appointment: There is a hearing aid for every budget. If you have a specific budget in mind, your audiologist can help guide you toward the best device within your budget. Also, don’t hesitate to ask others about their experience; instead of asking about their particular brand or style, I would ask about the service and results that they have experienced with their particular hearing professional. And finally, the longer you wait, the harder it gets to help you hear your best. Please contact your local AudigyCertified provider today!