6 good reasons why you should stop worrying about getting hearing aids
Some people worry a lot about hearing aids.
I get it. Most of us hate facing the reality that our body may not be working as well as it used to.
When it comes to hearing aids, the most common reasons people worry are:
- Wearing a hearing aid is going to be too obvious and it means I’m getting old – or going to look old
- The hearing aid won’t work and I won’t get my money back
- The hearing aid is expensive – and still won’t work
- They’re going to sell me something and they won’t be there when I need help
- I won’t understand the technology
- Is the person recommending and fitting the hearing aids well-qualified and experienced?
- What happens if my hearing aids are damaged or lost?
Getting the advice you trust and the support you need will help you feel like you’re making the ‘right’ decisions about your hearing
A little research can help you make your decision
Before you visit a hearing care centre it helps to think about what you need.
- For most people, being able to hear conversations is very important. A device that effectively dampens background noise and emphasises speech should work for you.
- If you feel comfortable with technology, you might want a hearing device that pairs with your smartphone. If not, you’re probably happier with a simpler solution.
- If your dexterity is not the best (and you have trouble handling small devices), a simple, in-the-ear hearing device will suit you better.
- If you’re worried about how they’ll look, think about this. What’s going to make your hearing loss more obvious? A small, well-designed hearing device that keeps you part of the conversation or having to always ask people to repeat themselves? Hearing aids are smaller and more discreet than they ever have been.
It may help to speak to friends and family, particularly if they’ve worn hearing aids before.
Choose a hearing care professional you can trust
- This is one of the most important decisions you can make. It’s always good to seek recommendations from people you know.
- Take a look at their website. Do they have stories from others who have been happy with their chosen hearing aids? How long have they been working in hearing care?
- A small, independent clinic may be more invested in maintaining a good reputation in your local community. Whoever you choose, it’s important that they spend time listening to you. They understand what’s important, what your budget is and what you need from them.
Try before you buy
- Once you’ve selected a hearing care professional book in for your hearing check. An initial screening check should be free.
- If they find you need hearing aids, see if they offer a trial period. That way you can see if the hearing solution they recommend suits you. If it doesn’t, just take it back and try another or return it.
- If you go ahead and buy the hearing solution and you’re still not sure, good hearing care providers offer a 30-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee.
Explore the options for payment
- Be clear about your budget and discuss the options with your hearing care professional.
- If you have private health cover, find out how much your fund will contribute to the cost.
- If you’re entitled to a government subsidy, ask your care provider to explain how it works and how to apply.
- Find out about the payment options.
Know what to expect after the sale
The cost of your hearing solution should always include a solid aftercare program. If you have any questions or need your hearing aids adjusted or repaired, you should be able to rely on your provider.
A good aftercare program is free for at least two years after you buy your hearing aids. Ask your care provider to explain what’s involved.
Good warranties make a difference
- Investing in a hearing solution that works for you is a big step. If something does go wrong, chances are you’re covered by the manufacturer’s warranty – usually around 3 years is standard.
- It’s also a good idea to check with your insurer to make sure you’re covered in case of loss or damage.
Any other concerns?
If you have any questions about, please give us a call on 1300 017 732 to make an appointment.
As an independent, family-owned hearing care clinic, you’ll also find we like to look after our clients and offer good discounts and competitive prices on all of our hearing solutions.