What Did You Say?

Do you find that you have to ask people to repeat themselves multiple times to make sure that you can hear what they are saying? That can be frustrating fo…

Do you find that you have to ask people to repeat themselves multiple times to make sure that you canĀ hear what they are saying? That can be frustrating for you, your friends, family members, or coworkers. You may also find that you aren’t able to clearly hear the television or directions given at events. It is possible that in public settings, it may be even more difficult to hear conversations, dialog at a play, or the words of a song at a concert.

Often these changes come slowly and you may not even realize that your hearing is not what it used to be. It is said that people go 7 to 10 years on average before they feel like they are in a position where they need to have their hearing checked. It is far better for you to go to a professional when you first feel like something has changed. There are many hearing aids that can assist with your specific need.

Things to Consider When Looking for Hearing Help

  • You don’t want to go alone when you have your hearing checked. It is always better to have a friend or relative with you; two people will remember more of what is said.
  • Find the right provider for your needs. Some specialists may be able to help you with hearing aids, but an audiologist has at least a masters degree and more skill in evaluating your specific issue. Advanced Audiology Institute is an example of a group in Nevada that has this additional skill. You will want to find a similar group in your area.
  • You will want to be ready to explain your needs when you arrive for testing. You may not need to have a hearing aid that will allow you to hear a person speaking in a public place if most of your interaction is at home. This will help those assisting you with options.
  • If you do determine that you want a hearing aid, ask to try it before you actually buy it. There are different types of aids and it is best to see how it works for you in your environment. You don’t want to be pressured into buying add-ons that you don’t need and that is hard to figure out if you aren’t able to test them.
  • You will want to make sure that you get the details of your purchase in writing. This will help you to understand your warranty. It should also outline the follow-up visits you will need to make in the first few months.
  • It is also possible that you might need some auditory training when you begin to use a hearing aid, and you will want a professional to help you set that up.
  • Lastly, hearing aids are expensive and are not typically covered by private insurance companies. Consumer Reports stated in 2014 that the average retail markup is 117%. This information will allow you to negotiate on the price.

As you can see, there are many things to think about. It is best to reach out to a professional for guidance. Advanced Audiology InstituteĀ is just one choice. You will want to look in your area for a resource and then enjoy the freedom that improved hearing will allow.