There’s a lot that goes into finding the right hearing aids. Luckily for you, we’ve got the inside scoop on what to expect before you buy hearing devices.
You’ll need to complete a hearing evaluation with your audiologist before you look at hearing aids. Hearing tests, or audiograms, are non-invasive, painless tests that provide a complete idea of your hearing capabilities.
Find The Right Style
There are several styles of hearing aids with capabilities that suit different degrees of hearing loss. Hearing aids can fit in the ear or ear canal, in the ear with a receiver, or behind the ear. You and your audiologist will work together to find the best device option that meets your needs.
Manatee Ear Center offers the following hearing aid styles:
- Nano in-the-ear
- Micro receiver-in-the-ear
- Mini receiver-in-the-ear
- Open fit behind-the-ear
- ITC in-the-canal
Hearing Aid Trial Periods And Warranties
You may be able to take your hearing aids for a test drive. Trial periods allow you time to experience how your hearing aids will work before you purchase them. Ask about costs for trial periods and if you can apply them to your purchase.
Certain manufacturers offer warranties for defects attributed to manufacturing. Know what repairs are covered before you select a hearing aid and discuss a protection plan with your audiologist.
Bluetooth connectivity is standard with today’s hearing aids. Ask if your hearing aids have wireless connectivity and if you can pair them to your phone or other smart devices. Connectivity is also suitable for syncing up to your TV.
Rechargeable batteries are another convenience that eliminates the need to carry around extra batteries. You won’t have to worry about losing power throughout the day when you can charge your devices overnight.
Adjusting To Hearing Aids
It will take time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Your devices will reintroduce sounds you’ve been missing, and that can be overwhelming at first. The physical adjustment may also take time as well. Ask your audiologist about what to expect and how you can better adjust.