Tips for buying a hearing aid
Know what’s best for your hearing health
See a hearing care professional first
A hearing care professional will conduct a hearing check, provide you with information about your hearing loss and explain what options are available to improve your hearing.
To find a hearing care professional near you, call 1300 353 186.
Tip: Don’t hesitate to ask people you know about their personal experiences, references and tips.
Take your time, and ask lots of questions
During your appointment, you’ll undergo a series of hearing tests, which is an easy and comfortable experience. Take your time and don’t feel rushed – it’s important that you get the most out of this process.
Tip: If you’re nervous or anxious about your appointment, you may like to bring a family member or friend for support.
Think carefully about your lifestyle needs
Hearing tests determine the frequencies and pitches your ears can detect – but that’s just part of the process. To choose the best hearing aid to suit your needs, it’s important to know a bit about your daily routine.
Your hearing care professional might ask you:
- What bothers you the most when it comes to hearing problems?
- Is it hard to hear when you are outdoors?
- How about driving, listening to music or using a mobile phone?
- Do you clearly hear conversations in a crowded room?
Tip: Think about hearing situations that you find challenging. Then discuss these scenarios with your hearing care professional. Questions? Call 1300 209 826 (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday).
Did you know?
Thanks to new technologies, several different types of hearing aids are now available. What works best for you will depend on your type of hearing loss and your personal needs and preferences.
Ask about equipment upgrades
Ask your hearing care professional about possible upgrades to your hearing device. These modifications make your listening experience even better when watching TV, talking on the phone or chatting in groups. The availability of these options vary from hearing aid to hearing aid.
Tip: The more information you provide to your hearing care professional about your day-to-day experiences, the faster and more accurately they can make recommendations.
Trial different options
Feel free to test hearing aids until you find the best one for you. Your hearing care professional will be there to guide you and answer questions.
Get a hearing aid that feels right, improves your hearing health, and lets you enjoy life to the fullest.