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Hearing Aid Trial

Hearing Aid Trial

In this method, based on your problems, requirement and lifestyle standard, various hearing aids are tested to check which one is compatible and appropriate. Your audiologist might select 2/4 hearing aids depending on your problem. To select the right one, you have to wear them and check which one is the most comfortable and helps you understand speech better. If you’re unable to understand compatibility of an aid, you can take the same on a trial period.

Do not keep the company or brand of hearing aid in mind while trying on aids. You can try on various models from various companies or different models from same company. Just keep in mind that the model you are trying on is suitable for you.

Here’s a case in point: A person had heard about a specific hearing aid company from his friends and thought that it was the best. When he had hearing loss, he requested his audiologist to recommend that particular hearing aid according to his budget. He chose to take that particular hearing aid, although the audiologist tried on various hearing aids based on his needs and diverse technologies. However, it soon occurred that the particular aid didn’t have noise reduction and directional microphone according to the person’s needs; as a result, when he faced problem, he had to visit his audiologist again. Although the audiologist performed a programming within the restricted features of the machine, the problem wasn’t solved since he didn’t go for the right hearing aid earlier. He blamed the audiologist for the outcome and told his friends that hearing aids are of no use.

Thus, during trial, a qualified audiologist can best decide which specific feature of which company would be perfect for you.

Points To Consider Before Taking Hearing Aids –

  • The technologies you need and why you need them, when you’re selecting a hearing aid of a particular company.
  • Before trying on aids, check if your audiologist is certified/qualified enough.
  • Your audiologist’s registration number and degree.
  • The after sales service of the hearing aid company.
  • Battery life of the aid.
  • Warranty period of the aid.
  • Whether the aid has worldwide warranty.
  • Re-programming needs of the hearing aid.
  • If the aid has residual gain and if the gain can be increased by reprogramming in case your hearing loss increases.
  • Accessories with the aid – check which ones are free and the ones you need to buy and if at all you need them.

Hearing aids are also selected according to the specific lifestyle of the hearing impaired person. There are many types of lifestyle categories, namely, simple living, social living, outdoor living and vibrant living, and different types of hearing aids are recommended by a certified Audiologist based on your style of living. For example, a person who is modern and loves social gatherings, then a CIC or an IIC hearing device may be recommended to meet his/her requirements.


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