How to Buy Hearing AidsThe first step is diagnosing your hearing loss. But did you know that after a diagnosis, most people wait an average of seven years before purchasing hearing aids? At Beltone, we want to shorten that time and help you hear better sooner.
Deciding It’s Time for Hearing Aids
It isn’t uncommon to delay seeking professional help when experiencing hearing loss. Whether you find yourself in this position or have a loved one who is reluctant to try hearing aids, such hesitation is common for reasons such as:
- A lack of understanding of the types and causes of hearing loss
- Concerns about the cost of hearing aids or long-term support
- Confusion about the various hearing aid styles
At Beltone, our goal is to help you find the hearing loss solution that’s right for you. That includes diagnosing your specific type of hearing loss, explaining available payment options and finding the hearing aid style that is most comfortable for you.
Steps to Buying Hearing Aids
Step 1: Find Your Local Beltone
The best place to purchase hearing aids is from your local hearing care professional. Doing so ensures you’ll receive focused and personalized hearing care from someone within your community who you can visit in the future for adjustments and ongoing support.
Step 2: Complete a Lifestyle Assessment
When selecting your hearing aids, it’s important to take your daily routine into consideration. Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Are you retired or do you still work? Are you often in noisy indoor environments? Complete our lifestyle assessment to help your hearing care professional narrow down the hearing aid styles that will work best for you.
Step 3: Review Your Health History
When selecting your hearing aids, your hearing care professional will consider your general health, medications you take or have taken, past illnesses and your current hearing loss symptoms. Before your hearing screening, make note of important health information to share with your hearing care professional. Doing so will allow them to select a hearing aid that is most appropriate for you.
Step 4: Complete Your Hearing Assessment
After discussing your lifestyle and health history with your hearing care professional, they will conduct a hearing assessment and measure your hearing loss. That measurement will determine the type and severity of your hearing loss, allowing your hearing care professional to make personalized recommendations for your hearing aids.
Step 5: Review Your Audiogram With Your Hearing Care Professional
If hearing loss is detected in your screening, completing an audiogram will be the next step during your consultation. An audiogram will reveal your type of hearing loss (conductive, sensorineural or mixed) and the severity of your hearing loss.
Step 6: Try Before You Buy
Today's best hearing aids are comfortable, easy to wear, nearly invisible and offer features such as:
- Automatic sound adjustment according to changes in your environment
- Bluetooth connectivity for easy control from your smartphone
- Clear phone calls and audio streaming
- Fast rechargeability
Step 7: Ask About Follow-Up Care
Once your hearing care professional has fitted you with new hearing aids, aftercare is recommended. At Beltone, we offer one of the most comprehensive aftercare programs available. This is because:
- Your new hearing aids may require several adjustments to achieve a perfect fit and perfect sound
- Your hearing may change over time
- You might have questions about your hearing aids or need assistance
We also offer Belcare, which provides comprehensive protection if your hearing aids are lost, stolen or damaged in the first year you own them.