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What to Expect When Purchasing Hearing Aids

Have you ever wondered the process for purchasing hearing aids? Not sure how to get started? The hearing aid purchasing experience should be smooth and easy, here is a quick run-down of the process you should expect.

1. Schedule a hearing test or consultation

Before you can be fit with a hearing aid you must first have your hearing tested. Hearing tests will help determine the level of your hearing loss and should be performed no more than 6 months before the time of fitting. Already have a recent hearing test? Great! Make sure to bring a copy to your appointment so that the audiologist can make specific recommendations based on your needs. When calling to schedule this appointment be sure to provide any insurance information. By providing your insurance information in advance, our team is able to verify any possible hearing aid benefits that you may have. Some insurance companies may offer a monetary benefit, or may work with 3rd party programs to offer discounted rates.

2. Select your hearing aid

Your provider should be able to make recommendations based on your hearing loss, budget, and lifestyle, but ultimately the decision to purchase hearing aids lies with you. Be sure to ask any questions you have about your hearing loss or different hearing aid styles. You should not feel pressured into making a purchase, but should feel confident about your selection if you decide to proceed. Your audiologist will work with you to select the appropriate style, color, and technology level to offer you the best fit possible. Once ordered, your hearing aid typically arrives within 1-2 weeks, though this can vary based on your insurance.

3. Time for your fitting!

Once your hearing aid has arrived, the office will contact you to schedule a fitting. The fitting appointment typically takes under an hour and will involve Real Ear Measurements to ensure the hearing aid is programmed to your specific hearing loss. Real Ear Measurements require a small probe microphone to be inserted alongside your hearing aids, it may tickle a bit but it allows for the best fit. Once the hearing aid is accurately programmed the microphone will be removed. It may take a while for you to acclimate to your hearing aids, but nothing should be painfully loud or causing discomfort. Your provider will review care and maintenance of your new hearing aids and will likely schedule a follow up appointment for the follow 1-2 weeks.

4. Follow ups

Follow ups allow the provider to make any further adjustments based on your real-world experiences and feedback. These appointments provide a good opportunity to ask any new questions and discuss your expectations and experiences with your hearing aids. Typically, you will have several follow up appointments during your trial period to make sure you are satisfied with your new hearing aids. Once you are happy with the hearing aid settings and feel confident in use, appointments may become less frequent (typically every 4-6 months for routine services).

Purchasing hearing aids shouldn’t be overwhelming- find a provider you trust, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, you should not feel pressured to make a purchase. In the end, they are your ears, and your provider should help you to find the best options for you!

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