5 Questions About Buying Hearing Aids
Have you had your hearing tested recently and the audiologist recommended hearing aids as treatment? You’re not alone. Surveys suggest that over 28 million American adults could benefit from the use of hearing aids. There’s a lot to consider when purchasing hearing aids, which is why it’s important to get all the information you can beforehand.
- Does my type of hearing loss impact what hearing aid I choose? While there are different types of hearing loss, when it comes to hearing aids audiologists generally consider your degree of hearing problems when recommending hearing aids. Certain types of hearing aids are better for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, while other styles accommodate those with severe or profound hearing loss.
- Can relying on hearing aids worsen my hearing? No. Hearing aids will not worsen your existing hearing as long as they are properly fitted by an audiologist using your personal audiogram results.
- Will I have to adjust to wearing hearing aids? There is an adjustment period for every new hearing aid user, so it pays to be patient. Most people find they have fully adapted to hearing through their hearing aids after one to two months of use. It isn’t something that happens overnight; you will gradually begin to notice the benefits of wearing your aids during this adjustment period.
- How much do hearing aids cost? The price of hearing aids can vary quite a bit depending on the size and model of the device, as well as any extra features you may have selected. Some audiologists offer financing plans; some insurance providers will cover part of the cost and some people (veterans, for instance) will qualify for free or discounted aids, so be sure to check this out before buying.
- Will using hearing aids really improve my quality of life? Research suggests that even mild hearing loss sufferers could benefit enormously from using hearing aids. Hearing is something we often take for granted and it can decline so gradually that we often do not realize the severity of the impact it has on our lives. Hearing aids have been shown to facilitate significant improvements in a person’s social, emotional, physical and psychological well-being.
When you’re ready to purchase hearing aids, work with your audiologist to make sure you select the right devices for your hearing loss needs and lifestyle preferences. Hearing aids will not only help you hear better, they’ll help you feel better too!