Purchasing hearing aids?? There are things you need to know!
The decision to purchase hearing aids is not a decision people come to lightly. It is said that a person will wait an average of 7 years before noticing hearing loss and seeking services. It can certainly be a daunting task because many times people simply don’t know the right questions to ask. How can you be sure you are getting the most for your hard earned money??
Below I’ve listed some questions and other things that should be addressed before you make the commitment to buy hearing aids.
- Are you seeing an Audiologist or a Hearing Aid Dispenser? Ask for credentials.
- Be sure someone looks in your ears to make sure you don’t have occluding wax in either ear.
- Were you asked about the effect of hearing loss on your life at home, work and elsewhere? We want hearing aids to fit YOU and not just your audiogram.
- Were you given a clear explanation of your hearing loss and have any questions answered?
- Hearing aid features should be explained to you, including battery life, telephone use, and remote control use, if applicable.
- State law dictates that you have at least a 30 day trial with hearing aids – be sure you are clear on the terms of that trial.
- What is the warranty that comes with the hearing aids and what does the warranty cover? Most hearing aids are partially covered for loss and damage for at least the first year.
- Be sure you get the terms of the trial in writing, including cost of hearing aids, warranty and trial fee should you decide to return the hearing aids.
These are just a few of the more important things that you need to be aware of. But most importantly, you need to feel comfortable with the person who is dispensing the hearing aids. You are entering into what could be a long term relationship with your Audiologist and you want to feel comfortable enough to visit when you are having a problem or to just call with questions.
We certainly hope that you’ll choose Bartram Park Family ENT & Audiology for your hearing healthcare needs. But if not, at least you maybe have a better idea what to look for. Please call if us at 904-446-9191 and ask for Audiologist Jodi Green if you have any questions!