For people with hearing loss, making the decision to intervene can be a life-changing one. Where listening situations were once difficult and challenging, a whole new life of listening ease becomes possible again after taking a hearing test and being fitted for hearing aids. Before you go out and snap up a pair, here are a few trips to make your shopping experience more comfortable.
Use the buddy system
When it’s an option, bring along a shopping buddy. This can be a spouse, partner or a friend. It’s paramount that you feel safe and supported in this endeavor. Bringing your support system with you ensures that you’ll have the confidence to ask the questions you most want to ask. This also helps when you’re no longer in the audiologist’s office and need some help recalling key features or information during the decision-making process.
Visit an Audiologist at Worth Hearing
An audiologist is a hearing specialist with advanced training and comprehensive knowledge that can be essential when you’re selecting a new hearing aid. Here at Worth Hearing, our team of audiologists are proud to serve the communities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Our team of hearing health professionals are supportive and will help alleviate any anxiety around the hearing test and hearing aid shopping process.
Kick off the appointment with a quick test
Shopping for a hearing aid should always include a hearing test. Without that, your audiologist cannot discern the best device and program options for you. In order to truly evaluate your degree and type of hearing loss, you’ll be given a hearing test in a soundproof booth at Worth Hearing.
Evaluate your lifestyle
Before your appointment, take stock of what your most frequent hearing needs are. This way, you can go into your appointment with a clear vision of what you aim to get out of your hearing aids. Perhaps your highest priority is simply to enjoy watching television with ease. This is a very different scenario than if connecting seamlessly to wireless devices is high on your list. We’ll work with you to help determine the best hearing aids for both your hearing loss and your lifestyle. It’s helpful if you look honestly at your habits and acknowledge what’s most important to you.
Ask those silly questions
Your audiologist might fit many people with hearing aids every day, but this is a process new and unfamiliar to you. Don’t let unanswered questions sit inside your mind without voicing them, and make sure to follow up if any explanation is unclear. Because our team has worked with many people in your same situation, you can bet that we’ve heard almost every question and concern possible. With that in mind, remember that there’s no such thing as a silly question! What is most important here is that you feel confident and secure in your hearing aid selection.
Take a test drive
Don’t buy an expensive set of hearing aids without trying them on for size. This includes taking a test run in different listening scenarios. We’ll work with you to set the proper program so that you can experience your hearing aids exactly as they would be if you were to make the purchase. Hearing aids can change your life, introducing ease into formerly challenging situations, but they do require an investment. Don’t feel pressured to pony up for a product you haven’t fully investigated.
Get all of the details
This goes with paying attention to the fine print. Always make sure to get a copy of what you’re buying and what you’ve been promised — including warranties and return policies — before you leave. Trial periods are common in the hearing aid market, so make sure you’re clear on what is available to you. Most hearing aid manufacturers allow for a 30- to 60-day trial period, with follow-up visits.
Don’t run out the door
Before you leave the office with your new hearing aids, make sure that they fit exactly as you’d like. That means that they should physically feel comfortable. But more than that, they should function as you expect them to. Ask to have an automated “real ear” test to see how it works in your ear.
Visit Us at Worth Hearing
Are you ready to experience the powers of hearing aids and reconnect to the sounds around you? Contact our team at Worth Hearing to schedule a consultation and hearing test.