You want the best hearing aid available, and for good reason. The investment in hearing aids in both time and hard-earned money is significant. When you make your final decision on which hearing aid to purchase, you want it to be the best decision and one that is a solid investment for years to come. The truth is, there really is no single product that is best for everyone. Finding the best product for your hearing loss, your lifestyle and your needs requires that you to take some time to consider several key factors before moving forward. Once you have done so, you will find it much easier to make a well-informed decision; one that benefits both your hearing loss and your pocket book.
The first key factor to consider has nothing at all to do with the hearing aids themselves but with the choice of provider. The person you choose to work with to select and program the hearing aids is almost more important than the choice of which hearing aid to purchase. You are going to be spending time with this person for years to come! It is important that it is someone you feel comfortable around and someone you can communicate with. You will need to trust this professional to be able to discuss the difficulties you have been experiencing with your hearing loss and the communication difficulties it has created for you. Being open and frank about the impact your hearing loss has on your spouse, your family and friends, as well as your performance at work is critical to your success.
The second key factor is weighing price versus performance. The goal is to find a high-quality hearing aid that offers affordable pricing for the most effective solution. So, how do you find such a hearing aid? The answer again lies with the professional you choose to work with. You can easily find information about manufacturers and the different models of hearing aids they offer by searching online. There are also many different consumer forums online offering personal opinions and experiences. But that’s actually one of the problems. There is almost too MUCH information to be found online. Who do you trust? Which manufacturer is best? What technology is right for you? When you want to find the best hearing aid for you, your lifestyle and hearing needs, the best place to start is with an audiologist you trust. Your audiologist’s job is to take what he or she knows about you from your hearing evaluation and from interviewing you about your needs and wants and then use that information to narrow down your choices from the thousands available to a much more manageable and understandable choice of several instruments to consider. The audiologist will then explain to you the pluses and minuses of each choice to help you reach your final decision.
For most of us, the cost of the hearing aids is a major concern. No one wants to spend more than they have to. You simply want the best possible solution for a reasonable price. Price itself can vary widely and depends on the features available in the hearing aid and the “package” the hearing aids come with. If you are “shopping around,” make sure that you are comparing apples to apples when considering pricing. You may find that one clinic charges significantly more for the same product as a clinic you’ve recently visited. The cost difference could simply be the “package” the hearing aids come with. Questions you should be asking are:
• What’s included with my hearing aids?
• Are batteries provided?
• What is the warranty coverage?
• Is there a deductible if I lose a hearing aid?
• What services are included?
You can buy cheap, generic hearing aids, of course, but you won’t get the quality that you deserve and you might possibly receive less-than-effective care. You don’t have to pay a lot for quality, but you should never settle for a cheap model just because of the price. To make sure you get the best hearing aid for your hearing loss for the best price, work with someone you trust. A well-educated and reputable audiologist may cost a little more, but in the end, you’ll find that you are satisfied with your purchase because ultimately, the most expensive hearing aids are the ones that sit in the side-table drawer, untouched.