Purchasing a hearing aid can be a daunting task, especially if it is your first one. There are so many different styles and types that I often hear people ask, “How do I know if this is the right one?” Sometimes it takes a period of trial and error to find the “right” hearing aid for you, but here are some pointers to help make the experience easier and more comfortable.
- Hearing aid style: Hearing aids come in many different styles. They can be either custom molded to your ear or behind-the-ear/receiver-in-the-ear products. Your hearing specialist will be able to tell you which style is best suited for your hearing loss. Additionally, you should choose the style that is most cosmetically appealing to you and your lifestyle.
- Technology level: All hearing devices come in different technology levels. The biggest difference between technology levels is how aggressive the device is at reducing background noise and clarifying speech. You and your hearing specialist will find the right technology level to match your lifestyle and hearing needs.
- Budget: There is a hearing aid for every budget out there. Be clear with your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist about your budget so you can work together to find the best option for you.
- Trial period: It is Virginia state law that all hearing aids must be issued with a trial period after the initial fit. The length of the trial period is very important as it gives you an idea of how the hearing aids will work in your daily routine. All of our devices come with a 75-day trial period — one of the longest on the market!
- Warranty period: Ask how long the repair and loss/damage warranty is on the hearing devices — accidents happen, and you want to be sure your devices are covered. At Fauquier Hearing Services, most of our devices come standard with a three-year repair/loss/damage warranty, and our basic devices come with a one-year repair/loss/damage warranty. We also offer a warranty extension program after the initial warranty years have expired.
- See what else is included in your investment: Are any supplies included? What about accessories? As part of our treatment plan, we supply batteries and cleaning supplies for the length of the warranty. We also include Blue-tooth® devices (at no additional charge) with many of our hearing devices for individuals who would benefit from them.
- Experience: Hearing aids are only as good as the audiologist or hearing instrument specialist programming them. Make sure your provider has experience programming the hearing aids so you can be hearing your best with your new devices.
- Follow-ups: Ask what the typical follow-up schedule is and what visits are included. All devices need adjustments here and there. At Fauquier Hearing Services, all of our devices typically require at least two follow-up appointments. Additionally, we clean and check the hearing aids every three months and recheck hearing annually. Anytime adjustments or reprogramming of the devices is needed, those visits are at no additional charge.
- Ask around: Don’t be afraid to ask others with hearing aids what their experiences have been. Instead of asking them, “How well do your aids work?” focus on the services and support they received from their hearing care provider. All hearing aids are not created equal, just as everyone’s hearing loss and hearing needs are different.