Buying a Hearing-Aid

Steps in buying a hearing aid

Your hearing will be thoroughly evaluated, a puretone and speech-discrimination test will be done, the ear specialist will examine your test results, discuss your options and help you try different hearing aids.

You will then need to know what each particular hearing aid can and cannot do. Ask:

  • about sound quality
  • is it user friendly
  • will it help in noisy places or quiet places
  • how can it be adjusted;
  • what types of special features can be added;
  • is it comfortable
  • what it costs to maintain;
  • important information regarding the particular product
When you have decided what type of hearing aid to get, you will be fitted. Remember, the earmold of a behind-the-ear hearing aid, as well as the casing of the in-the-ear and in-the-canal aids, is custom-fitted to the shape of your ear so that it will be comfortable and not cause acoustic feedback.
      When you get the hearing aid your dispencer will help you put it in, and teach you how to operate it. You need to know how to insert and remove it, how to turn it off and on, how to adjust the volume, how to change the batteries and how to clean and care for it.
      You will then be subjected to a series of aided hearing tests--hearing test in which you wear your hearing aid. The tests determine how well you hear tones and speech with your hearing aid and measure how loud the hearing aid makes sound.The first is called a functional gain test, it is similar to the pure-tone test. The second is a real-ear measurement, a miniature microphone is placed behind the hearing aid to measure its output to the eardrum. Speech discrimination test is also done.
       After the purchase, if you have questions, concerns or problems; if your hearing changes and your hearing aid needs to be adjusted or your hearing aid needs to be serviced. Feel free to contact your dealer.
      You will also be scheduled for aural rehabilitation.
What is an aural rehabilitation? An aural rehabilitation program will help you adjust to your hearing aid. If you've grown accustomed to living with hearing loss, you may find life with a hearing aid very different. Background noises that you once took for granted suddenly seem like they are blaring from loud speakers.An aural rehabilitation program will help you pick out speech against a variety of background noises. It will also teach you other methods for coping with hearing loss.

Things to remember in purchasing a hearing aid

  • Have your ears examined and evaluated by a certified ENT doctor before buying a hearing aid. Avoid purchasing a hearing aid from a salesperson. Purchase your hearing aid from a certified audiologist.
  • Know exactly what hardware and services are included in the purchase price and what is covered by the warranty.