Tips for buying a hearing aid.
Know what’s best for your hearing health.
The ENT specialist is the first person who examines you and helps decide if you need a hearing aid. You’ll also receive a prescription which allows you to apply for any government or health insurance benefits. Your physician can also recommend a suitable hearing care professional nearby.
Tip: Don’t hesitate to ask people you know about their personal experiences, references and tips. You might even want to check if any hearing care professionals have online rankings or awards.
During your appointment, you’ll undergo a series of special, pain free hearing tests. Try not to feel stressed during the hearing exams or when making decisions. Take your time and don’t feel rushed – it’s important that you get the most out of the process.
Recommended: If you’re nervous or anxious about your appointment, think about bringing along a family member or friend for support.
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 conversation in a crowded room?
Be prepared: Think about hearing situations that give you trouble. Then talk about this with your hearing care professional. Questions? Call 1300 209 826 (9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri).
Ask your hearing care professional about possible upgrades to your hearing device. These modifications may give you even better hearing 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.
Feel free to test several 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 let’s you enjoy life to the fullest.
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