A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

A Guide to Buying New Hearing Aids

by Dr. Kevin Ivory

If you’ve recently had a hearing test, congratulations! You’ve taken the first step in looking after your hearing health. If a hearing loss was detected or if you require an upgrade to a new pair of hearing aids, it’s time to sort through the many exciting and new technologies available on the market. This might seem like a daunting task, and making an important purchase is always a bit stressful. We understand that you want to make the right choice, so here’s a guide to buying new hearing aids, and a few helpful hints when it comes to finding the devices that you’ll be excited to put on every morning.

Ask a Loved One for Help

Shopping is always more fun with friends, and when it comes to purchasing hearing aids, having company could help you make the right decision. Ask a friend or loved one to help you choose your hearing aids, and accompany you to appointments. After all, two heads are better than one, and they’ll help you remember what’s been said, and keep track of all your options. They’ll also give you their honest opinion about your hearing loss, and will make sure you pick the perfect hearing aids. Ask them to come with you to your hearing test as well, so they can hear about your hearing loss first hand, and be involved in the entire process.

Think Carefully About Your Priorities

When it comes to finding the right hearing aid, it all comes down to your hearing needs. Do you go out with friends every night, or are you more likely to be at home watching TV? Are you very active, or do you spend a lot of time at the office? Being able to answer these questions will help you determine what your priorities are when it comes to choosing a hearing aid. Do you need help understanding the TV, interacting with your grandkids, or hearing during a crowded meeting at work? The programs and features you need to prioritize will change based on your hearing needs. Knowing your priorities helps us recommend the style of hearing aid that will work well for you, and show you all the options you have.

Learn About Add-Ons

From connectivity features with seamless streaming options that will connect your phone, TV, or computer right to your hearing aids, to T-coils that can help you hear in amphitheaters, it pays to learn about add-ons. Some features, like directionality microphones or background noise reduction programs, are quite common across all hearing aids, but other features, like wireless connectivity using Bluetooth technology are less so. Learning about all the programs available will help you find out about some cool new technology, and maybe discover an add-on that will change the way you hear.

Aural Rehabilitation

Hearing doesn’t just happen in the ear – it involves processing in the brain. Buying a new pair of hearing aids is only part of the solution to hearing clearly. Your brain also has to learn how to process all the new sounds its hearing, and make sense of the signals its receiving from the hearing aids. One way to help your brain hear is using an aural rehabilitation program on your home computer. This auditory training will help you adjust to your new devices, and get the most out of your hearing aids.

Follow-up Appointments

After you have your new devices, make sure you take advantage of follow-up appointments. Before you leave the office with your new hearing aids, make sure they’re fitting properly and that you understand how to adjust the programs and features. As you learn more about your devices in the next few days, you’ll probably have questions or need a little extra help. Schedule a follow-up appointment so you can address any concerns you might have, or simply learn more about using the programs and features of your amazing new technology.

Pick the Right Provider

The key to a great pair of hearing aids that will fit your lifestyle, hearing needs, and budget is picking the right provider who will give you quality service, and advice you can trust. At Glendora Hearing, our team of hearing specialists will make you feel comfortable from the moment you walk through our doors. From the initial hearing test to discussing your lifestyle and hearing needs, we’ll work together to find the device that ticks all the boxes, and doesn’t break the bank. Call us today to book your appointment, and get the help you need in buying new hearing aids.

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Dr. Kevin H. Ivory
Audiologist & University Instructor
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Dr. Kevin Ivory, Au.D., CCC-A received his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Audiology degree from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the top 10 audiology residential programs in the country.

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