How to buy a hearing aid
Hearing Aids make life more enjoyable
Living with hearing loss can be isolating closing one off from family, friends, and the world around them. Hearing aids help restore the ability to communicate. This leads to better relationships and a more enjoyable, more relaxed life.
Find a Reputable Business
Purchase hearing aids from a local business. You will develop a relationship with your hearing specialist as you work together over the years. Find someone that is close by, has regular office hours that you feel comfortable with.
Talk to an Expert
Make an appointment for a hearing test and plan to spend 90 minutes. The test will involve listening for a series of tones and repeating words. Next, the results will be explained. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have.
Before You Buy
Can you “demo” a hearing aid? This lets you listen to a hearing aid before you order one.
Make sure you understand the cost breakdown. How much will the total be? What warranties or services are included? What is the fee if you choose to return the hearing aids during the trial period?
Check with the Department of Regulatory agencies or the Better Business Bureau to see if a company has had any complaints or disciplinary actions.
Hearing aids range in price from $600 to $3,400 per unit. Costs are based on the type of hearing aid, technology, and features selected.
Every hearing aid in Colorado is sold on a trial basis.
Most businesses charge a fee for hearing aids that are returned at the end of the trial period. Make sure you know how much that fee will be.
Also, ask if the company charges for follow-up office visits, programming, or general maintenance.
Hearing aids come with a one, two, or three year repair warranty. Additional yearly warranties may be purchased.
Hearing aids also come with a standard one year loss/damage warranty. There will be a charge to have the hearing aid replaced. Think of this charge as a deductible. It is much less than the cost of a new aid but it is NOT free.
Batteries may also be included in the purchase price ot the hearing aid or they can be purchased as needed.
It is wise to ask which part of the warranty is honored by the manufacturer and which part is offered by the dispensing office.
You Are Key
We encourage you to actively participate in the selection, fitting and evaluation of your hearing aid, and be sure to give your hearing aids a chance. Work with your hearing aid specialist to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit. Don’t hesitate to bring a spouse, adult child or friend to help you articulate your needs and desires.