9 tips to help you choose the right hearing aid
Wondering how to choose the right hearing aid and hearing care provider? No-one wants to feel pressured or ‘sold to’.
In March 2017, the Australia Competition and Commission (ACCC) looked at whether consumers have all the information they need to make an informed decision when buying a hearing aid.
They came up with these 9 tips to help you make the right hearing aid choice:
- Ask the clinician to explain your audiogram so that you understand your hearing loss.
- Ask the clinician to discuss the range of hearing aids and devices available. Ask them to explain about the different prices
- Ask the clinician about the different features of the hearing aid. While some hearing aids may have more features or functions than others, you may not need or want them.
- If a clinician recommends a hearing aid, ask why. If you don’t understand anything, ask the clinician to repeat or clarify the information until you do understand. You have the right to ask the practitioner if they are paid more to sell particular hearing aids, or why they only sell certain brands or types of hearing aids.
- Take notes if you think you may have trouble remembering important details (or ask your support person to take notes for you).
- Ask for a copy of your hearing test results, including the audiogram. Having copies of test results will make it easier to shop around to find the best deal.
- Ask for a quote, including the type and cost of any recommended hearing aid.
- Find out if the hearing clinic offers a free trial period. Be sure to ask for the conditions of any free trial period, including its end date.
- Take your time to make a decision and remember it’s ok to say no. You should never feel pressured or rushed into making a decision and you do not have to agree to anything on the spot.
At Smart Hearing Solutions, we focus on what you need. The ‘right’ solution is one that suits your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your budget.
So when you’re ready to choose the right hearing aid, these 9 tips will help. Find out more by booking your free hearing check.