When you’re in the market for a hearing aid, it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. You should take time, explore your options and consider these five tips.

Ask about a trial period
It may take you a while to get used to the device and decide if it's right for you. It’s OK to ask to "test drive" the hearing aids recommended for you. We offer device trials to make sure you’re confident with your decision. 

Pinpoint your priorities
Knowing your priorities will help us determine which style and technology are best for you. It’s important to talk with our audiologists about your needs and expectations, as the features of each device will vary.

Think about your future needs
Ask whether the hearing aid you've chosen is capable of increased power. This will ensure that the device will still be useful in the future, should your hearing loss get worse.

Plan for the expense
The cost of hearing aids varies, and some private insurance policies don’t cover them. Devices have a very wide price range, while the features you want may be an additional cost. It’s important to weigh the expense against your personal benefit before you make your purchase.

Experienced providers

An experienced provider is worth their weight in gold. Big box stores may have providers with no more than a high school diploma. Making sure the practice offers extensive hearing testing ensures you’re being fitted with the exact hearing aid that meets your personal needs. Also, make sure you have the opportunity to “try before you buy,” as this will ensure that the hearing aids you’re choosing will work effectively for you and meet your listening challenges.

Purchasing a hearing aid doesn’t need to be a difficult process. We are always willing to act as a second opinion, should you have gotten your hearing test elsewhere. We offer free in-office hearing aid demonstrations so you can try the hearing aids out for yourself before purchasing. When your hearing aids arrive, we provide comprehensive hearing aid services and follow-up care.

Manatee Ear Center: Redefining hearing health care for Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida since 1997.