How Do I Know Which Hearing Aids Are Right for Me?
How do I know which hearing aids are right for me?
The ultimate answer to this question is that for you to hear well takes more than good hearing aids. It takes good hearing aids fitted and maintained by an adequately skilled and genuinely committed specialist, and fitted to a patient who is willing to communicate their ongoing needs to the specialist that he or she might maintain their optimal hearing.
There are many thousands of sets of high quality hearing aids sitting unused in a drawer somewhere as you read this because either the specialist or the patient was not willing to make the investment of time necessary for them to experience continued improvement in their communication needs. In this case the thing missing in their “having the right aids” was not the aids at all, but either with the hearing practice’s commitment level, or in their own, unwillingness to make the sacrifices necessary for maintaining their optimal hearing. The financial sacrifice for the hearing aids is really just the beginning.
However, that is not to say that what aids you buy are not important. For obvious reasons it’s of immense importance. While it’s safe to say that you could be reasonably assured of good hearing from any set of mid-level hearing aids from a major manufacturer which are fit by a committed specialist on a patient who is ready to make the consistent sacrifice for their good hearing, yet it remains that certainly some are better than others, and some far better. Each hearing aid practice will always have their favorites, and their reasons for those favorites you’d best hope are based upon what will help their patients most, and not merely or only on what will give them the most profit. Here at Half Price Hearing Aids, we are real fans of the Oticon products, but have great respect also for Sonic Innovations, GN Resound, Phonak, and others.
But the general patient knowledge of this subject is extremely limited. They don’t know the difference between an Oticon and a Magnatone like they do the difference between a Mercedes and a Yugo. This places them in the uncomfortable position of having to trust someone else with their needs who has something to gain in the process, which can present a challenge in navigating your hearing care.
It’s a very important distinction for each patient to understand that in weighing the various pitches that hearing aid fitters will make about their products, that at the end of the day it all boils down to how well they actually hear, and as we have seen, this really takes more than just good hearing aids, but a committed practitioner, and a patient who is fed up enough with not hearing well to do what it takes to keep adjustments current to his needs.
Because that is true it’s as important for the person considering a purchase of hearing aids to evaluate, not just the quality of the hearing devices themselves, but the level of commitment of the hearing aid practice, and also to assess their own commitment to good hearing, because if these are missing, they are unlikely to be happy, and will perhaps feel that they’ve wasted their money.
In this regard we’d like to point out that it is our standing commitment to each and every patient of ours that they have unlimited programming, hearing aid cleaning, and any retesting completely free of charge for the life of their hearing aids. Many people purchase hearing aids, and then notice that they don’t hear so well after a couple of years as they did when the aids were first fitted. The assumption is always that the performance of the aids is wanting. And while this is quite true, and we have an electro-acoustic analyzer to check the output of the aids to determine if this is the case, yet it is at least equally common for one’s hearing itself to have worsened over time. For this reason we offer free retesting and reprogramming for all of our patients. It’s your prerogative to make an appointment any time for anything, including a retest of your hearing, and reprogramming of your aids.
We also provide cell phone support, because we want to be available for patients should they have needs after hours. We do this because we take it as our basic mission to get people hearing, and keep them hearing, and nothing less than this is what it takes to accomplish that objective. As a testament to our fidelity to these principles, please consider the following testimonials: