Things To Know Before Buying Hearing Aids: Tips and FAQs

Consider hearing aids as a health investment. To help you make an informed decision, we want to share with you common questions we get and key things to know before purchasing hearing aids.

Things To Know Before Buying Hearing Aids:

  1. Hearing Test: Get a thorough hearing assessment from an audiologist to determine your specific needs.
  2. Style: Choose the right style, whether it’s behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, or invisible-in-canal, based on your comfort and hearing loss.
  3. Features: Evaluate the features like noise reduction, Bluetooth connectivity, and rechargeability to match your lifestyle.
  4. Cost: Set a budget, including maintenance and accessories, and explore insurance or financing options.
  5. Trial Period: Ensure the device comes with a trial period to test its effectiveness in real-life situations.
  6. Maintenance: Understand the maintenance requirements, including cleaning and battery replacement.
  7. Warranty: Check for a comprehensive warranty that covers repairs and replacements.
  8. Follow-up: Plan for regular check-ups with your audiologist for adjustments and fine-tuning.
  9. Compatibility: Ensure compatibility with your mobile devices and any assistive listening systems you use.
  10. Expectations: Have realistic expectations about the improvement in your hearing and the adaptation period.

Remember, consulting with a qualified audiologist is crucial for making the right choice tailored to your unique hearing needs.

Will hearing aids work for me?

If you have an aidable hearing loss then yes, hearing aids will work for you.  How much help you’ll receive will depend on the following:

  • How long you’ve had a hearing loss
  • How you lost your hearing
  • Your overall health
  • And a few other factors we will discuss during your visit

Will I need two hearing aids?

If you have a problem hearing in both ears (and that’s the rule, not the exception) then 99% of the time the answer to the question is yes.  Two ears provide balanced hearing, the ability to localize sound, more relaxed listening, and better understanding of speech in noise.

How much should hearing aids cost?

Just like everything else you buy, there are costs associated with this purchase that are difficult to measure.  Typically larger retail centers and online retailers are cheaper than smaller independent practice owners.  However, like everything else, this comes at a cost. 

The lack of support, lack of guidance in the adjustment to the hearing aid, and the overall limited customer service are typically what you sacrifice.  That’s okay when it comes to buying a pair of shoes, but not okay when it comes to a medical device designed to improve your ability to hear.

Will everyone know I’m wearing hearing aids?

Maybe they will and maybe they won’t.  But they already notice that you can’t hear.  More people will notice that you have a problem hearing than they will see that you’re wearing hearing aids.

Can I “test drive” hearing aids?

Ask when you call, but the answer is usually yes.  Are you taking it for a test drive to see if it works?  No, you’re taking it for a test drive for the same reason you test drive a car, to see if it’s the right “fit” for you, and if it’s not then “test-drive” another one.

Hearing Aids in Rye, NY

Audiology and Speech Solutions offers a wide selection of hearing aids to fit every hearing loss and lifestyle.

Contact us today to learn more about our hearing solutions and be connected to our expert audiologists and speech language pathologists in Rye, NY.

As audiologists and speech language pathologists, we focus on holistically treating all aspects of communication through diagnostics.