Tips for buying a hearing aid.
Here are some tips on what to look for.
The ENT specialist is the first person who thoroughly examines you and, if necessary, prescribes a hearing aid. You also need your proof of prescription later for the cost coverage or the additional payment by the health insurance provider. The physician can also recommend a suitable hearing care professional, but you should also take into account personal experiences and tips from people you know. You can find further advice on the right choice of a suitable hearing care professional in the online hearing care professionals rankings or awards.
During your first appointment, you will be tested by the hearing care professional in various hearing situations, which can also take a little effort. Your brain and ears are put under stress while you have to make several decisions. Take your time and don’t rush – it’s important that you get the most out of the test.
Tip: If you’re nervous or anxious about your first appointment, think about bringing along a family member or friend for support.
During the hearing screening, the hearing care professional will first determine which frequencies and pitches your hearing can detect. To choose the hearing aid which best suits your needs, the specialist also needs to get an idea of your everyday life. Therefore, prepare yourself to answer questions about your professional and private life. For example, the expert might ask you which situations you are particularly aware of having impaired hearing in, whether you are often out and about outdoors, whether you drive frequently, whether listening to music is a big part of your life, whether you use a mobile phone often, etc.
We recommend: Think (ideally beforehand) about some of the important hearing situations to you that you can discuss during your appointment with the hearing care professional.
Ask your hearing care professional about possible additional aids, which enable extra speech comprehension when watching TV, talking on the phone or socialising in large groups. This varies from hearing aid to hearing aid.
The following applies: The more specific the information you provide your hearing care professional about your day-to-day hearing experiences, the faster and more accurately they can make their hearing aid recommendations.
You have the choice between different hearing aids and price categories. Test several hearing aids that your hearing care professional recommends until you feel that one is the right fit. You want a hearing aid that feels right and supports better hearing so that you can continue to enjoy life.
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Did you know?
On average, people with impaired hearing wait for seven to twelve years before seeking help about their hearing problems.