Asking for Hearing Aids AssistancePublished On: 17th February 2019
Last Updated On: 18th February 2019
Hearing aids can be tricky the first time you purchase them. There are a lot of matters to consider before buying one: both personal and practical needs, something to fit in with the external factors that affect the needs such as lifestyle, the structure you are comfortable with, etc.
A doctor’s appointment can be one good solution to resort to, but it is best to be equipped with the basic knowledge before booking an appointment with an audiologist, especially those that you aren’t familiar with. The good news is, there are a lot of sources to gather information with, especially at this day and age where everything and anything can be accessed to with just one search in portable devices.
The internet can be your best friend when it comes to browsing through and delving further on the various array of hearing aids you can purchase and the knowledge you need before even buying one. Companies and other business corporations turn to the internet for further marketing of their products due to the millions and millions of people that use the internet daily, which makes it the best virtual market to sell products to.
With just a pop of an ad, people are being convinced and marketed even without any assistance that we normally need when shopping in a physical store and without them knowing they’re being sales talked! In turn, marketing strategies are getting creative especially due to the uniqueness of the virtual world, which is why most business establishments, regardless of the which type of business it ventures in, have their own website that enables accessibility to their potential customers without the hassle of having to contact anyone from their company.
From clothes to gadgets to even medical supplies, the internet is just filled with various products marketed and ready for consumption to any internet users.
As mentioned, anyone from anywhere can create a business from nothing to booming in the internet, even health care providers. In fact, they are more privileged since medical care is a prioritized need by any person living in this world, meaning they can market even the most complicated products for an even complicated price and still be able to find a customer – the question now at hand is the practicality of the product to the patient’s present needs, and whether or not it fits in with their budget.
Medical care websites aren’t all just to market products, for most websites contain various information about different illnesses and diseases, their symptoms, causes, and cures, and even how you, as a patient or just a health-conscious person, can educate yourself in order to recover, mitigate or avoid it from happening. Companies that specialized in making hearing aids are no exemption, for in fact hearing aids, as mentioned earlier, is be a handful the first time you purchase it since hearing aids do not come in a ‘one size fits all’ variant, it comes in many different shapes and sizes with different features to choose from in order to get the best type of hearing aid especially for you.
When venturing on your hearing aid journey for the first time, the wisest thing to do is ask for assistance from trusted experts in the area of concern. A trusted otolaryngologist is your best genie to come to for hearing problems, while an audiologist is the person in the field who will be of great assistance to when it comes to choosing the hearing aid that will suit your needs.
Debbie Clason from The Healthy Hearing offers a guide to what should be asked to your health professional regarding on hearing aids. The website states that your hearing aid evaluation will most likely be comprised of three different parts: an evaluation on your hearing and health history, a physical examination on your inner and outer ear, and the series of tests that will determine your own levels of hearing and speech comprehension.
Once the results of this evaluation is discussed, it is very much important to inquire further about the basics of your hearing level and the hearing aids you will be purchasing.
Here are the important kinds of questions to keep in mind when asking for assistance on hearing aids:
- The type of hearing loss you have and whether or not there will be changes in your hearing.
The importance of asking this question is that you should be able to understand the type of hearing loss you have in order to find the right and appropriate treatment you can get, as well as the protection you need for your remaining hearing.
The three different types of hearing loss are:
- Sensorineural hearing loss – occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This is usually permanent and can often be treated with hearing devices.
- Conductive hearing loss – occurs when sound doesn’t travel effectively through the outer ear canal to the eardrum. Often times this is due to a blockage such as an ear infection, allergies, ear wax or a benign tumor. Hearing is often restored after the blockage is removed.
- Mixed hearing loss – a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. You may have either one — or a combination of both.
- Whether or not both ears have the same hearing loss.
Some of our body parts come in pairs yet come in different sizes such as the feet so it’s not too much of a stretch to understand that one ear may hear better than the other. According to a study conducted by Yvonne Sininger of the University of California at Los Angeles, the left and right ear actually hear differently from one another.
The left ear is better at receiving information from music, emotion and intuition while the right ear is more tuned in to speech and logic. That may explain why those with greater hearing loss in the left ear may find themselves less able to understand a family member’s moods or arguments while those with greater hearing loss in the right ear may lose some of their logical reasoning abilities.
- The need for hearing aid on both ears.
As mentioned earlier, turns out the level of hearing may differ from ear to ear thus needing hearing aids that may slightly differ from one another. However, you may not need both. Self-diagnosing is often a scenario that most patients may come up with in this case but it would be much better if this be handled by your health professional.
You may not, depending on the severity of your hearing loss, but if you do they can explain why it’s easier for your brain to interpret sound better with amplification in both ears. And if you do need two, take heart. According to the Better Hearing Institute, about 90 percent of patients need hearing aids for both ears.
- The type of hearing aid that will suit both your hearing loss and your lifestyle.
There are a plethora of hearing devices on the market today, each having features designed to fit specific types of hearing loss and unique lifestyles. The more information you give your hearing healthcare professional about your daily activities and listening environments, the more likely she will be to recommend the best hearing device for you. Take a few minutes before your appointment to list the things you like to do on a daily and weekly basis — include recreational activities as well as social situations and your work environment. This will help you cover all the bases when it’s time to ask this particular question.
- Additional costs of purchasing hearing aids from your health care professional.
Hearing centers often include follow up hearing care in the purchase price of hearing devices. Some hearing centers include the price of adjustments, repairs, batteries and check-ups while others do not. Making sure you understand what is included upon your purchase so you can budget for the remaining costs, if necessary.
- The regularity of check-ups and adjustments needed to be done on your hearing aid.
Adjusting hearing aids is necessary in order to maintain its condition and function properly. The adjustments to be done don’t require much, though; it is only until the condition you need it to be. Each hearing center will have a different philosophy on what kind of follow up is best for their patients.
- Hearing aid lifespan.
Just like any electronic device, hearing aids will eventually wear out. And although your health professional may not give you the exact date of its ‘functionality’, they can be able to provide you an idea. Inquiring about this can also bring up the topic on how you can maintain and care for your device to lengthen its performance and lifespan.
- The type of warranty that is available for these hearing devices.
Different hearing device manufacturers have different warranties for their products. Knowing the warranty basics for your particular devices gives you the knowledge you need to determine whether or not to purchase additional insurance or make sure they are protected from loss and theft through your homeowners’ policy.
- The actions taken upon purchasing a hearing aid that you aren’t satisfied with the performance.
Many hearing centers offer a trial period when they fit you for hearing aids so you can make sure you’re satisfied before you even write the check. Find out if your hearing center offers something similar and, if so, understand the details.
- Lastly, the issue on whether or not the insurance cover the cost of the device.
Unfortunately, hearing aids are expensive medical devices and is not being covered by some insurance plans. If your insurance plan doesn’t, the hearing staff will be able to assist you in finding an alternative resource for financial assistance. If you’re a veteran, and student attending college, or is employed, chances you are higher for you to find a financial aid.