Questions To Ask About Hearing Aids
You’ve made the step: after months — maybe years — of living with undiagnosed hearing loss, you finally went to an audiologist and learned what you (and likely your loved ones) knew all along. Don’t worry: hearing loss is very common in the United States. In fact, more than 48 million Americans have hearing loss; it’s the third most health issue in the U.S.
Selecting your hearing aids
Now, it’s time to select your hearing aids. The type of hearing aid you’ll choose will depend on the type and degree of your hearing loss, your lifestyle and how much you’re willing and able to spend on the devices. Your audiologist will spend time during an appointment discussing what type of hearing aid is available to you. During that appointment, it is important to ask questions to make sure, that at the end of the decision-making process, you’ll feel confident in the choice you made.
Consider asking these questions about your hearing aids:
- What features would be most useful to me?
- What is the total cost of the hearing aids? Will my insurance pay for my hearing aids?
- Do I get a trial period with the hearing aids I chose?
- Do the hearing aids come with a warranty? How long does it last? What does it entail?
- What happens if my hearing aids break? Can the audiologist make any needed adjustments or repairs?
- If my hearing aids require repair, are loaner pairs available?
- Will my audiologist teach me how to use my hearing aids? Will I know how to clean them?
- Will I be given a schedule to follow for wearing my hearing aids?
During the appointment during which you choose your hearing aids, it can be a good idea to bring a friend or family member along, as you’ll be introduced to a lot of information.
The decision to purchase hearing aids is an exciting one; it is the first step in having a happier, more fulfilling life. Talk more with your audiologist to determine what hearing aid style is the best for your needs. With multiple manufacturers, styles, colors and features to choose from, your audiologist will be able to provide you with the pros and cons of each particular model in relation to your hearing loss, budget and lifestyle needs.