Things to Consider When Buying Hearing Aids

Things to Consider When Buying Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are definitely not an everyday purchase, and especially if you’re doing it for the very first time, choosing them can feel like a daunting task. From sorting through countless hearing aid reviews to educating yourself on the newest hearing aid technology – there is a lot to process. While you and your specialist will work closely together to help you choose hearing aids that meet your exact needs, preferences and budget – there are still some important things to consider on your own before making the purchase.

Know that hearing aids are not a cure for hearing loss.

While hearing aids are extremely powerful and have helped to improve hundreds of thousands of lives – they are not a cure for hearing loss. You will experience a dramatic improvement in your hearing and your ability to communicate but hearing aids do not completely restore your hearing. Having high but achievable expectations is an important consideration before purchasing hearing aids.

Consider your lifestyle.

Are you a busy professional who spends a lot of time traveling or on conference calls? Do you enjoy activities such as biking, running or sailing? Does your heart and soul belong to jazz music? When considering hearing aids, it is important to consider all the things that make you, you! Be sure to share this with us, because this information will help guide us in choosing the hearing aid that has the right technology and hardware to keep up with you.

Contemplate hearing aid sizes and styles.

Most clients come in wanting the smallest and most discreet hearing aids possible. When considering tiny hearing aids, it is important to remember that the smaller the hearing aid, the smaller the battery. Some people end up choosing slightly larger hearing aids to enjoy the longer battery life. It is also important to note that not all hearing aid styles are right for all types and degrees of hearing loss.

Know how you will pay for it.

Unfortunately, hearing aids are still not often covered under Medicare. However other major health insurance plans have been covering all or partial payment for hearing aids. We will check your insurance coverage. We also know they are not a cheap purchase. At Audiology Services & Hearing Aid Center, we couple our competitive prices with 0% financing options for our clients. This will greatly reduce the upfront cost, however, you may still want to consider planning a monthly budget for paying off your new hearing aids. We have hearing aids to fit every budget and accept almost all major Insurance companies including: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Federal Employee Program (FEP), Anthem, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, PERA, GEHA, and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.

Understand your hearing aids’ warranty.

All new hearing aids will come with a manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty will vary slightly depending on the brand or price of your hearing aid, however, most often include two parts: loss and damage, and repair. Typically, coverage for loss or damage lasts anywhere from 1-3 years and requires a small deductible to be replaced. Warranty coverage for repairs usually last between 1-4 years and most often does not require a deductible for repair. Be sure to ask us any questions you have to ensure you fully understand your warranty.

Know there will be an adjustment period.

Understand your priorities.

What is most important to you in your hearing aids? Are you most interested in a smartphone compatible hearing aid that can stream calls and music directly to your ears? Are you most interested in aids that give you a lot of control to adjust or do you prefer aids that do most of their adjustments automatically? Is the style and look of your hearing aids very important to you? Do you have a specific budget in mind? Knowing what is most important to you can help us help you in narrowing your options to better find your perfect fit.