Q. How can I compare hearing aids to find out which pair will work best for me?
A. Step number one is to find a well-reviewed hearing center and arrange a sit down ‘interview’ to answer your questions. They will likely tell you there are a few components of the decision-making process for you to consider.
There only a few ‘styles’ of hearing aids. You might have some requirements that limit those options. Likewise with specific features you must have vs. others that are not important. Ease of handling and maintenance are also factors to consider. Sound quality, adjustability, comfort, and cost are often high on the list of considerations.
Some hearing aids centers carry aids from multiple manufacturers. You can ask to listen to multiple aids. Or you can arrange appointments with multiple specialty hearing centers and find the hearing aid you prefer. You could even order some mail order and internet aids to test out. Lastly, I strongly recommend you choose a provider that is informative, helpful and patient. Better care and service will make a big difference in how well you hear.
In the long run, a better hearing aid from a better hearing center will serve you better.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.