How to buy hearing aids?

Most people wait an average of seven years from the time they first discover a hearing loss until they purchase hearing aids. Let’s shorten that.

Hearing aids — how to decide

There are many reasons a person might put off this important purchase. Questions like where to buy hearing aids and how to buy hearing aids can be overwhelming. There are also a lot of hearing aid styles, and there can even be several versions of the same style from one company. 
At Beltone, our goal is to be your hearing care partner—to help you make sense of all the information out there, and to use our tools and resources to make a decision about what hearing aids are right for you.
We know that hearing aids can vastly improve the quality of life for the millions of people with hearing loss. We have seen it happen countless times. Let us help you take your first step toward better hearing and a better life. 
How to buy hearing aids

Steps to purchasing a hearing aid:

1) Find a local hearing care professional you trust.

The first question is: where to buy hearing aids? A local hearing care professional that you trust will be able to help. This person will guide the process and help you make the best decision based on your level of hearing loss and specific preferences. Make sure the location is near your home and also accessible, if you travel. 

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2) Complete a lifestyle assessment.

Your daily routine is the most important determining factor when selecting the right hearing aids for you. Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Are you retired or do you still work instead? Are you often in noisy environments? Bring your responses to your free hearing appointment. 

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3) Review your health history.

Your general health, medications you take or have taken, childhood illnesses, and your current hearing loss symptoms all influence the choice of hearing aid model appropriate for you. Make some notes that you can share with your hearing care professional when you come in for an office visit. 

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4) Have a comprehensive hearing exam.

At Beltone, we always start with a free comprehensive hearing screening. This is the best way to determine your type and level of hearing loss. First, we use an otoscope to visually inspect your ear canal and eardrum. Some cases of hearing loss are actually caused by earwax, eardrum perforation or an abnormality of the outer ear.

Next, hearing ability is measured in each ear using tones of different frequencies, and speech sounds played through earphones. The results of these tests are plotted on a graph called an audiogram.

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5) Review your audiogram results with a professional.

If a hearing loss is detected, your audiogram will show what kind of hearing loss you have (conductive, sensorineural or mixed) and if your hearing loss is mild, moderate, severe, or profound. 

These factors are essential to know when choosing the style, shape, size, and circuitry of the hearing aids that are right for you.

Read up on the various levels of hearing loss

6) Try before you buy.

Today's hearing aids are easy to wear. They can automatically adjust sound according to changing environments, remember your listening preferences, recognize the difference between speech and other sounds, and so much more. Best of all, they're tiny and light, so they're practically undetectable. 

Demonstration models let you experience the look and feel of those hearing aids best suited to your hearing loss, lifestyle, and expectations. Take a “test drive” before you buy to achieve a positive outcome. 

Learn about the different styles of hearing aids available

7) Ask about follow-up care.

Once your hearing care professional fits you with new hearing aids, aftercare is recommended. Your hearing can change over time, requiring subtle adjustments to your hearing aids. Plus, hearing aids are highly sophisticated digital devices that perform best when regularly maintained.

Begin your journey to better hearing

Visit your local Beltone office and get a free hearing screening and consultation with a hearing care professional. Learn about your type and level of hearing loss with no obligation to make a purchase.  
Consult a hearing care professional to buy a hearing aid

Want to know more about the ear?

Do you have additional questions about the ear anatomy?  Would you like to know more about hearing loss, or get a free hearing screening to assess your level of hearing loss?  A Beltone hearing care professional can help!

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We look forward to helping you improve your hearing and your life.