Your hearing isn’t what is was in the past and that means investing in a hearing aid. Before assuming there isn’t much difference between different models, you need to look closely at what you can expect from each design under consideration. While an audiologist can make some recommendations, the decision is ultimately up to you. Keep these four attributes in mind and you’ll find the hearing aid that’s right for you.
How Will You Pay for the Hearing Aid?
Aids that perform well and tend to last are likely to run anywhere between $1,000 USD and $5,000 USD as of 2019. There’s a good chance that your group or personal health insurance plan does not cover any of the cost. If you have Medicare, it likely won’t cover the cost either. That means you need to figure out how you will pay for the device.
There are medical loans and lines of credit that can be used to cover the cost. You may also qualify for assistance from a club or other civic organization. As with any type of financing, make sure you know the interest rate, any fees or charges included in the terms and conditions, and all the other loan basics. Your goal is to come up with a plan that fits into the household budget easily and allows you to retire the debt quickly.
What’s the Battery Life?
Depending on the size and design of the hearing aid, you can expect battery life to last anywhere from three to seven days. Generally, you’ll find that smaller hearing aids use smaller batteries that need changing more frequently. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you really like a smaller design and don’t mind replacing the battery more often, that’s the hearing aid for you.
What Design is Best for You?
Some hearing aid designs are Completely in the Canal (CIC) and fit into the ear. These are difficult for anyone to detect. Others are partially in the canal and have a component that fits behind the ear. Some people find one design more comfortable or easy to manage than the other. Consider trying on both designs and see what you think. Remember that you are purchasing a device to wear every day and you do want it to be as comfortable as possible.
What Warranties Come With the Hearing Aid?
Did you know that most hearing aids come with two warranties? One is known as the loss and damage warranty. Usually running for a period of one to three years, this warranty protects you from everything from theft to misplacing the device to damaging the aid beyond repair. There may still be a deductible that you have to cover, but the warranty takes care of the remainder of the replacement cost.
There’s also the repair warranty. Expect this one to remain in effect for anywhere between one to four years. The purpose is to cover the cost of repairs if the hearing aid is not functioning properly. As with most warranties, some of the coverage will expire over time. In the best-case scenario, a necessary repair will be considered “in-warranty” and you won’t have any out of pocket expense.
Choosing the right hearing aid is important. You want the device to provide the best possible experience in terms of being able to hear more clearly. Take your time compare different models, and always ask questions. Doing so increases the odds of investing in a hearing aid that will serve you well for a long time.