A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

Kevin Dee, BC-HIS Hearing Loss

Kevin Dee, BC-HIS

You use and rely on your hearing aids to navigate your day smoothly so they are an incredibly important investment! We all have different hearing needs and finding the hearing aids that meet your specific needs and that can easily integrate into your daily life is critical. 

These devices are complex pieces of technology that have the capacity to strengthen one’s ability to hear in all of the environments you move through. Similar to most electronics today, hearing aids have benefitted from advanced technology which has produced a wide range of options that have various features designed to enhance user experience. 

There are a variety of factors to consider when buying new hearing aids to ensure that you find the best option for you! This includes the following: 

Replacing Current Hearing Aids 

With the proper care and maintenance, hearing aids can last for up to seven years. The life span of hearing aids is impacted by wear and tear, moisture, ear wax build up etc. These elements can eventually render your hearing aids ineffective and it might be time to invest in a new device. So, if you already own hearing aids and are seeking to replace them, you may want to think about a few things. This includes assessing if your hearing aids have changed over the years. Hearing healthcare specialists usually recommend that you have your hearing assessed annually to ensure that your hearing needs continue to be met. Your needs can change over time so it is important that you remain aware so that this can inform the kind of device that would best be suited for you. 

Lifestyle Considerations 

Your lifestyle is a really important factor in choosing the right hearing aids. Your audiologist will ask you about your lifestyle: job, hobbies, activities you enjoy, types of environments you are usually in etc. This helps determine what kind of hearing aids and features will maximize your hearing in these contexts. 

Interested in Latest Technology 

We live in an increasingly digital world that is constantly producing new technology. Hearing aids have evolved and incorporated these new technologies to enhance convenience, usability, and connectivity. It is important to be aware of your options and what kind of technology would best serve you. Some of the latest technology includes: 

  • Wireless connectivity: using Bluetooth technology, hearing aids can connect to other electronic devices (television, speaker, car audio etc.) and stream the audio directly to your hearing aids. This sharpens the quality of sound, allowing you to hear much better and clearer. 
  • Digital Noise Reduction: this feature works to reduce background noise in the environments you move through. This prevents you from having to increase the volume of your hearing aids or other devices which protects your hearing health. 

This information paired with the specific type of hearing loss you are experiencing helps to establish the kind of hearing aids that would work best for you. 

Tips for Buying Hearing Aids

There are a few additional considerations to be aware of as you are looking into buying new hearing aids. This includes: 

1. Know Your Budget

Hearing aids are an investment. They can range from nearly $1000 up to $6000 depending on the technological capability. Most insurance does not cover the cost of hearing aids but some may provide partial coverage or discounts. Be sure to check in with your insurance provider. Identifying a budget can be really useful and help you stick to your needs! 

2. Read Contract 

It is important to read the contract when purchasing hearing aids. You want to make sure that there is a warranty plan as well as trial period. A trial period allows you to test hearing aids and return them, and receive your money back, if you are unsatisfied. The warranty plan outlines the services and benefits that are included in your purchase: repair services, insurance coverage, length etc. 

3. Buy What You Need

There are numerous additional features, technologies, and accessories that are available to purchase with your hearing aids. This of course, adds to the expense while not being necessary for your hearing needs. So, it is important to remember your budget and know what your needs are! 

If you are looking for a new pair of hearing aids, we’re here to help! With our comprehensive hearing health services, we make sure to fit you with hearing aids tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to learn more!