Before investing in a new hearing aid, ask the hearing aid dispenser or audiologist the following questions:
- What features would be the most useful to me?
- What is the total cost of the hearing aid?
- What guarantees or warranties come with the hearing aid?
- How long do the guarantees or warranties last, and can they be extended?
- Does the warranty cover future maintenance and repairs?
- How much will servicing the hearing aid cost?
- Do you provide a loaner if the hearing aid needs repairing?
- What sort of instruction do you supply for the hearing aid?
- What does the person pay if he doesn’t buy the hearing aid after the trial period?
- Can assistive devices such as a telecoil be used with the hearing aid?
Getting used to wearing a hearing aid takes time:
- It may feel uncomfortable at first and you will need practice at adjusting the volume
and/or program for sounds
- The sound heard is different because it’s amplified
- Try more than one device, if necessary, to find one that works well
- Most states have laws requiring a trial period before buying a hearing aid