Mistakes people make when buying hearing aids

October 22, 2016 by Raji

…the biggest mistakes when getting hearing aids

I have been helping patients find the best solutions for their hearing problem for more than 20 years. During this time, I have met with thousands of patients, some who love their hearing aids and get great results, and some who hate their hearing aids and feel like they have wasted their money. Here are the four biggest mistakes I have seen people make.

  1. Choosing a hearing aid based on what it looks like instead of what you need it to do

The truth is no one wants a hearing aid. What you want is for your communication problems to go away or be significantly reduced. Smart consumers start with a list of three to five big issues they want resolved, and they ask the hearing aid provider which hearing aid will give them the best results.

  1. Focusing on price instead of results

It’s not what the hearing aid looks like on the outside that dictates how much it will help you; it’s what’s inside that counts. With digital technology, some hearing aids are amazingly smart: They have multiple programs built into the hearing aids to keep you hearing well no matter where you go or what you do, and they will automatically switch from program to program, adjusting the volume for you. A different hearing aid that looks exactly the same on the outside can be amazingly stupid — a simple amplifier that makes everything louder.

In addition to the cost of the device itself, there are professional fees and expertise included in the price. This is the knowledge and expertise of the person fitting the hearing aid. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. The better the technology and the more knowledgeable and capable the fitter, the more it is going to cost — but the better your results should be. Not everyone needs the fanciest technology, but, to be honest, everyone can benefit by having a knowledgeable and experienced person doing the fitting.

  1. Thinking that the hearing aid will solve all your problems the minute you put it on

Your hearing loss did not happen overnight. Most likely, it has gradually been making your world quieter and quieter for 10+ years. Plus, your ears need to work with your brain to let you hear and understand what is being said.

Think of the hearing aids like a prosthetic hand. You need to practice with that artificial hand to learn how to use it. The more you practice, the better you get. At first you may just be able to open and close the hand. With practice you learn how to pick things up and really use it to improve your life. The same is true with the hearing aids. At first it seems like you are just hearing everything and it seems really loud. Over time you learn to listen and discriminate.Those who use their hearing aids on a regular basis become successful users; those who put them on only occasionally never really get the help they need.

  1. Choosing an aid hard to manage or handle

If  your dexterity ( numb fingers, big fingers, arthritic hands) or eye sight is a concern choose a device that is easy to manage and operate. Having a  dialogue with the Audiologist and trialling some trail aids is a  good idea.

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