Hearing Aid Advice
How to pick a hearing aid!
The process of choosing the right hearing aids can be an overwhelming process if you aren’t familiar with hearing aid types, brands and differences between technologies.
Buying hearing aids has been compared to buying a car – all cars can get you from point A to point B, but the cost, ride, interior features and look of the car are all things you want to consider before you make your final decision. If you need to test drive the car you are considering, no problem. You can drive it around the block and see what you think. You might ask for input from friends and family, do some research online or even ask your salesperson a list of questions. A car is a big purchase and you want to make sure you are making the right choice. These same processes apply when looking for the right hearing aids. Hearing Group understands that. We strive to be as helpful as possible, making the process a little less difficult for our clients. Here, we hope to share some tips and guidelines that you will find helpful in picking the best hearing aid for your needs.
As you browse our website, you will find information on the basic types of hearing instruments – how they fit, how they look in your ear, etc. Our HG Team has also put together several hearing aid reviews for you to watch. Each review shares some basic information about a particular hearing aid – the brand, style, and features. Technology level is another hearing aid factor that is important to understand. When you choose a hearing aid, let’s say the Discover Jump, you also will choose a technology level. The Discover Jump comes in a level 3, 5, 7 or 9. Each level up in technology offers you more features – more automatic programs, better sound quality, etc.
Typically, you buy hearing devices because you feel you have a hearing loss and are looking for hearing help – you need them. This is where the hearing exam can help more than you might think. Your test results can show just how much hearing help you need. People often say they just want the cheapest hearing aids we have. But it is important to understand, your hearing loss may have progressed enough that a lower end aid just will not provide the kind of help your loss requires. Purchase of unsuitable technology results in owning hearing aids you are not happy with because they never provided the amount of amplification you needed.
Your Lifestyle vs Technology
Understanding your lifestyle absolutely matters when it comes to choosing the right technology for you. This is one of the biggest mistakes most people make when it comes to choosing a hearing aid.
Check out our video on what you should consider and how to choose the right technology that will help you in the different environments you are most commonly in.
Our advice is only to buy the technology you need. It’s as simple as that!
The best way to purchase a hearing instrument is to match the technology with your lifestyle!
Another tool that is unique to Hearing Group is the Lifestyle Guide. Hearing Group developed this guide to determine exactly what technology is best suited for the lifestyle you live. Do you stay in quiet environments and have mostly one-on-one conversations with friends and family? This is a lifestyle that may be well suited for a lower level of technology.
Are you always on the go, eating out with friends and family often, going to meetings and spending time in groups like church or concerts? This is a more active lifestyle that may require a higher level of technology. The Lifestyle Guide is an awesome tool that HG created to take the guessing out of getting you into a technology level that will meet your lifestyle needs.
This hearing instrument technology was designed for individuals who lead quiet lifestyles and whose listening environments include limited background noise.
- Limited religious services
- Minimal music
- Some television
- At home activities
- Regular one on one visits
- Quiet shopping trips or errands
This hearing instrument technology was designed for individuals who lead less quiet lifestyles but whose listening environments include more occasional background noise.
- Regular religious services
- Limited music
- Regular television
- At home activities
- Regular one on one visits
- Quiet shopping trips or errands
This technology was designed for individuals who lead casual lifestyles and whose listening environments include moderate background noise.
Car noise- mild
Weekly church services
Quiet restaurant dining
Some outdoor wind
These hearing instruments are designed for individuals who lead active lifestyles and whose listening environments include frequent background noise.
Concerts & theater
Demanding work environments
Family gatherings or parties
Types Of Hearing Aids
Deciding on which hearing aid is best for you can be overwhelming, to say the least. The very first step is to decide on the model or size of hearing aid that will be best for you. There are several sizes as listed below. Consider dexterity and ease of changing batteries if not rechargeable.
The smaller the hearing aid, the more discreet it is. You may lose some functionality due to size. As you progress up in size you may gain more in control options. One thing is for sure if you can gain more power needed for greater losses.
Buying Hearing Aids Online?
Shopping online is a quickly growing concept. You can truly buy anything online! While this is such an easy way to purchase just about anything you could ever need, it can bring about some real concerns. Understanding the pros and cons of online hearing aid purchasing is key, and we are here to educate you!
Hearing Group Magazine
At Hearing Group, we feel strongly about educating our clients. If you understand the product options and are confident in your choice of hearing device, you will be happy with your purchase. To help you gain the necessary knowledge about hearing instruments, Hearing Group has produced our very own Hearing Group Magazine. Our magazine is full of in depth articles about hearing loss, purchasing guides, testimonials and so much more.
Have you ever purchased something new and wished you had some kind of a guide or “roadmap” to lead you through what to expect? The Hearing Group Magazine is the resource you are looking for! Not only does it provide you with information before you purchase, but it is the perfect tool for what to expect after you have purchased. What does your hearing rehabilitation look like and are the things you are feeling and hearing normal? What if something doesn’t sound right, what do you do? These answers and many more can be found in your HG Magazine. Pick up a copy at your nearest HG location, call or email us and we will send you a copy or even download your own copy! Be sure to get your hands on a copy of the Hearing Group Magazine.
Does insurance cover hearing aids? There isn’t one broad answer that applies to all insurance companies. The good news is, Hearing Group accepts any benefit you may have through your insurance company. Not sure if your insurance plan has a hearing aid benefit? No problem! Ensuring you get to use any hearing aid benefit you may have is so important to us, we will even make the call for you! Just bring your insurance card with you to your appointment and Hearing Group will do the rest!
Sometimes, financing just isn’t an option. Hearing Group has put together a program for those unable to make a full purchase but also do not qualify for any kind of financing. The purpose of the Hearing Group Subscription Program is to get you into a hearing solution at an affordable price. It is a month-to-month subscription program. You have several technology levels to choose from with a one time down payment and a monthly service fee and no credit check is required.
Will insurance pay for my hearing aids? Unfortunately, there isn’t one broad answer that applies to all insurance companies. But Hearing Group accepts almost any benefit you may have through your insurance company. Not sure if your insurance plan has a hearing aid benefit? No problem! Ensuring you get to use any hearing aid benefit you may have is so important to us, we will even make the call for you! Just bring your insurance card with you to your appointment and Hearing Group will do the rest!