As health care professionals, we often receive questions about where to buy hearing aids. The hearing aid industry has changed considerably in the last decade due to the addition of big box outlets and online retailers, and many consumers are overwhelmed by the numerous options available. Despite these changes to the market, the process of finding the perfect hearing aid has remained relatively consistent. By following the steps outlined below, you can successfully navigate the world of hearing health.
Step 1: Find an audiologist in your area.
In order to receive the best treatment possible, you need an experienced professional. Audiologists are experts in the field of hearing health, specializing in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Having received a Doctorate of Audiology, their qualifications far exceed those of hearing aid dispensers and hearing aid specialists. When selecting your audiologist, be sure they will provide exceptional follow-up care.
Step 2: Schedule a hearing test and consultation.
Hearing loss is a condition that affects each individual differently. In order to find a product that will effectively treat your hearing loss, you must receive a diagnosis on your hearing loss.
Step 3: Prepare for your appointment.
There are a few ways you can plan for your consultation that will ensure you get the most out of the experience. Check with the front office staff to find out if your insurance will require a referral. The day of your appointment, be sure to bring your ID, insurance card, any previous hearing aids or hearing test results and a close companion. They will be able to provide further insight into your hearing loss.
Step 4: Be open to trial and error.
Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a hearing device, your journey to improved hearing is well underway, but not yet complete. Keep in mind that it can take up to a month to acclimate to your new devices. Additional fittings and adjustments may be required in order for them to provide the maximum benefit.
The road to improved hearing health may at times seem daunting, but you don’t need to travel it alone. At Timpanogos Hearing & Balance, we strive to provide exceptional patient care and expertise that will make the destination well worth the journey. If you or someone you love is affected by hearing loss, contact our office at 801-763-0724.