1. Not Getting a Hearing Test from a local audiologist or Ear Nose and Throat Specialist
There are digital hearing instruments now on the market from very reputable companies that can satisfy the vast majority of mild to moderate hearing losses in need of hearing assistance. These devices are pre-programmed with settings in digital memory that "approximately fit" the usual downsloping high frequency hearing losses that commonly afflict the aging ear. These pre-programmed hearing aids are not perfectly tuned, but many times they close enough that they represent the best bang for the buck. But, getting your hearing tested is really the best way to determine your hearing loss, finding the best type of hearing aid by suggested fitting range, and having it programmed to your audiogram.
2. Not Considering your Lifestyle
There are different types of hearing aids for folks with different lifestyles. Ask about your lifestyle such as home, work, school, or when going out. Consider about manual dexterity and/or vision issues - do you have issues with putting on or taking off a hearing aid?
3. Picking a hearing aid style, features, and controls just because it has all the latest features on it.
You need to review the pros and cons of different hearing-aid styles and features and Considers your personal preferences style, color, cost, and features and what you really need to hear better and what features are not going to be use. Consider features or parts of hearing aid you might have to work with, like: the memories, as it pertains to listening situations, such as noisy or large rooms, theaters, or meetings, in which you have the most difficulty hearing. And consider your expectations - what you may start hearing - getting used to hearing aids
4. Not discussing what Use and maintenance is involved.
You need to ask about the battery type for your hearing aid, battery life, the handling of batteries, and how long they last. You need to ask about the controls, like volume and memories and ask how they are used. You should ask about what feedback means, and what you can do about it - and why does it do it sometimes and not others. Also about how to clean and store the hearing aids and keep them free of wax or getting them wet
5. Not asking about the "Total Cost" of Owning a Hearing Aid
Ask about the the total cost of the aids, repairs, how long does a hearing aid last - in years, do you need reprogramming year to year - if needed, and if you want to program at home
6. Not Getting the best fit or adjustment possible.
There are three parts to Fitting:
1. The programming part. This is taking the audiogram or hearing test you have and finding the right hearing aid - from suggested fitting range of hearing aids. Some hearing aids are good for low frequencies loss, some are good for just high frequency loss.
2. Taking the audiogram and program the hearing aids according to the audiogram - Your audiogram shows where you have hearing loss. Programming the hearing boosts or amplifies the specific frequencies where you have loss. Its like a stereo equalizer.
3. The fit in your ear. For Mini Behind the Ears, this is providing you with various lengths of tubes and various sizes of tips that you can try out for comfort and best effect.
7. Not doing your Due Diligence about the company selling Hearing Aids
A online hearing aid company should have:
- How long have they been selling on the internet
- An Address - not just a PO box, but do they have a physical address -
- Lots of real reviews, you can fake text, but you cannot fake videos - videos from customers
- A 100% Money Back Guarantee Policy - no questions asked
- No Restocking Fees
- Free Shipping - everyone does free shipping today
- Easy Returns and when do you get your money back?
- Free Lifetime Reprogramming Plan - Reprogramming takes 5 to 10 minutes so this should be free.
- Their About US page tells a story, pictures of people running the company
- One to Two Year Warranty on all their hearing aids.
- Loss and Damage Program. - what happens if you lose the aid - at some point you are going to lose an aid, step on it, dog eats it, take it in the shower.
- Do you get Batteries with order
8. Not asking about different ways to Pay for your Hearing Aids
Most Internet Hearing Aid Companies should take:
Check, Money order, All forms of credit card, Wire the Money
Payment Plans like PayPal Credit or Some through some other Payment Plan - although the Interest Rates is very high - if you pay it off in 6 months there is no interest. Some companies may work with Insurance companies - although most Insurance companies DO NOT Cover hearing aids.