Those that have made the choice to get their hearing treated can look forward to a brighter future. Over 80% of people who get hearing aids in the US are satisfied with them, and that doesn’t take into account the make or model! Any hearing aid properly fitted will bring benefits.
But now that you have made this bold first step, what comes next is how to go about acquiring hearing aids. Here are some tips on what to consider when selecting your first pair of hearing aids.
Find a good provider
There are many hearing aid practices out there, offering what seems like the same products and services. How do you choose the right one for you? Many doctors will have recommendations, but the advice is to shop around and find a practice headed by somebody you can get along with. You will be spending a lot of time with your provider, and it helps immensely to deal with staff who follow a culture of friendly and professional customer service. At Southeast Medical Hearing Centers, we are proud to be a business that treats patients like family and always work hard to earn your trust.
Getting your hearing tested
The next step is to get tested. Testing will involve a couple of procedures that will test both your speech recognition and your ability to hear certain frequencies of sound. Afterwards, the results are shown on an audiogram, which our team will review with you.
Bring a friend along
Two heads are better than one. Bringing a friend or family member along to your first consultation means you will have someone next to you to absorb all the information that will undoubtedly be too much for one brain to handle. They might think of additional questions you hadn’t thought of before, and it’s nice to go for a coffee with them afterwards to discuss what you have learned.
Think about what you want from your hearing aid
Think hard about your lifestyle and hearing needs. Do you like to stay at home and want to hear the TV and phone better without turning it way up? Are you missing out on all the gossip at your local café? Whatever your needs are, it’s important to relay these to us so that we can customize your devices. The more information you can provide us, the more suitable our suggestions will be.
You can try out different hearing aids types and models and figure out which one is the best for your needs. Wearing the hearing aids, you can hear music and different sounds and observe how much hearing aids will help.
There might even be a trial period for certain models. These are great as they allow you to test your hearing aids in situations in your everyday life. You will also get the full experience of charging, putting them on in the morning and taking them off at night, giving you a full 360-degree experience of living with the devices.
Check the sound
One you have made a decision on a model, be sure to check the fit again and again to make sure everything is working the way you want it to. Our team is happy to continue making adjustments until you are totally happy with the fit and sound.
Make sure everything adds up
Purchasing hearing aids is a weighty undertaking and there are certain administrative loose ends to tie up even after buying them. Be sure to keep a signed copy of the final contract. This should include all the important information you need at a glance, the make and model, the purchase price, trial periods and warranties, and details of additional fees. The contract might include a number of follow up visits bundled with the price of the hearing aid.
Expect an adjustment period
Hearing aids are not like putting on a pair of glasses. You hearing is not being restored, but rather, you are getting new machines which help you to hear in an entirely new way which will take some time for your brain to get used to. Parts of brain are getting retrained after being left unused for so long. After you leave the office with your new devices, it will take a few weeks to get used to them.
So, expect frustration at the beginning. Talk to people who have had hearing aids for a year or more for a more long-term idea of what is involved in treating your hearing. We understand you might want to get instant benefits after making such a substantial investment, but good hearing takes time. Be patient and make sure to wear your aids every day!
Continue to visit your hearing provider at Southeast Medical Hearing Centers
It is very normal with new hearing aid users to have to return for refittings or device adjustments in the weeks following the first time they leave with their new devices. This might initially seem like an inconvenience, but it is vital to put that time in to really get the most from your devices. Good hearing will eventually come and when it does, the benefits will stay indefinitely.
Are you ready to get your first set of hearing aids? Schedule a consultation with Southeast Medical today!