A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids, Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Tips & Tricks by Zach Kenealey, HIS

Zach Kenealey, HIS

We want you to be completely comfortable with us and with the hearing aids we offer at Better Hearing Center so here are some guidelines to consider when you are in search of a new pair of hearing aids. Your office visits are free, and we offer free hearing tests and a free hearing evaluation. The process of finding the right pair of hearing aids requires time and patience. Here are a few pointers when you begin your search.

Bring a friend along

Two are better than one at an appointment where you are asking a lot of questions and getting a lot of information. If you bring along a friend, you will have help remembering what was said and also your discussion with a friend will help you work through all parts of the buying process. Your friend can also help you consider the details of your daily life, which plays a big part in selecting the right pair of hearing aids.

Visit us at Better Hearing Center

When it comes to hearing loss, it is important that you seek the best care. Hearing loss is a personal experience – no two people hear the same way. For this reason, it is crucial to invest in the best care to treat your specific hearing needs. At Better Hearing Center, our hearing instrument specialist is licensed to sell hearing aids. He is also trained to fit different varieties of hearing devices depending on a client’s needs.

Know your hearing priorities

What do you need the hearing aid to do for you? Are you a homebody that just wants some improvement? Do you just need to hear the television better? Do you miss the sound of birds outside or the crack of the bat at a stadium? Do you frequent areas where you need to hear a conversation in a crowd or hear lectures or concerts? How tech savvy are you? Do you exercise daily and require a sturdier hearing aid? What does your employment require of you? All of these lifestyle questions are important when it comes to selecting hearing aids. There are many different models out there, offering awesome listening features and styles. We’ll help you find the best one to seamlessly fit into your life.

Get tested

Make sure that your hearing test results are up to date. If you have not had a hearing test in the last calendar year, be sure to schedule one with us at Better Hearing Center before you buy hearing aids. We can determine the level of loss you are experiencing as well as recommend devices to fix it. We offer in-home appointments if those are needed.

Get a demonstration

The hearing instrument specialist can use disposable hearing devices on top of or behind the ear and program it to simulate your new hearing experience. You can hear simulated sounds and determine the difference in hearing with and without a device. You can determine if an inside-the-ear device or an outside device will work best for you and give you better quality hearing Don’t rush – this is a decision that will affect your life so take your time.

Will you need add-ons?

Small directional microphones can help with hearing in noisy places and telecoils can aid phone conversation hearing. There are also wireless options that can help with cell phone use, computer sound issues or help you focus better on hearing the television.

Get it in writing

Make, model number, price, specifics of the trial period, financing options, non-refundable costs and warranty – all that information should be in writing. At Better Hearing Center, we offer a one to two-week free trial period. We also offer free cleaning as well as re-programming to manufacturer specifications if hearing devices are updated. We can do in-house repairs and you will be able to get batteries from us.

Take advantage of training

Your brain will need help re-learning how to process sounds. There may be group session for aural rehabilitation offered in the area. Some auditory training can be done and home and via computer.

What about the price?

Better Hearing Center will match or beat any locally advertised pricing on hearing devices. We accept most insurances as well as Labor and Industries new and existing claims. You can get one-year interest free financing if you qualify and longer-term financing is also available.

Can you hear me now?

Don’t leave the office without checking the fit and getting some “real time” testing to make sure everything is working as you expected. Make sure you know how to make any adjustments and you are well-versed on caring for your hearing aids.

Why are you waiting?

With free office visits and a free exam at Better Hearing Center, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Go over these points, give us a call and enjoy a better-quality life with improved hearing.