1. Find the Right, Qualified and Independent Audiologists for You
If you’re experiencing hearing loss to any degree, it’s important to seek out a properly qualified audiologist who will accurately diagnose your hearing loss. Since hearing loss is different for everyone, recommendations can vary from person to person. The right audiologist will know the best recommendations for you.
2. Know the Difference Between a Hearing Test and Hearing Screen
Most people don’t even know what exactly a hearing screen is, and if they do, a lot of people have a hard time deciphering what the difference is between that of a screen, and an actual hearing test. Hearing screens will only determine if you have hearing loss. Typically, they are done for free by clinics. If after the screening there is any inclination of potential hearing loss, audiologists will then recommend paying for a full, comprehensive hearing test. These tests can determine the nature of your hearing loss, something that a hearing screening cannot do.
3. If You Have Questions, ASK!
There’s a lot to understand when it comes to hearing loss whether it be why you’re experiencing it to begin with to the list of extensive devices you will be recommended. The ever-growing list of new information can be overwhelming, so it’s important to ask any questions you may have. All devices offer different features, which comes with different prices. Ask away to your heart’s desire until you are confident that you have an idea of what devices and options are most applicable to your specific needs.
4. Compare Prices Before Pulling the Trigger
As an extension of asking questions comes the question of the price tag that’s attached to hearing aids and devices. Oftentimes, clinics hide the price of hearing aids in what’s referred to as a “bundle.” There are hidden fees in this “bundle” that you most likely will not need. A great place to start is by asking around or even looking online to compare prices and/or at least get a general idea of a reasonable cost for certain products.
5. Get a Written Quote
Your audiologist should always offer you a quote that directly outlines what exactly is included in their recommendations. Before you dive right in and make any purchases, it’s essential to take some time away from the clinic to mull things over on your own or with your friends and family. You’ll want to fully understand your quote and possibly even research prices and alternatives.