How do I know which hearing aid(s) to get?

This item includes a link a July 2009 report in Consumer Reports magazine on shopping for hearing aids.  While the report is about hearing aid purchases in the US, the information can also be valuable to Canadian shoppers.

Once you have an audiogram created by an audiologist, you can find a list of hearing aid specialists in your area by checking the phone book or on-line.  The audiologist you see may also be a hearing aid specialist, or your doctor may recommend a hearing aid centre.  As well, people you know who have had positive experiences with a hearing centre may offer their recommendations.

Discuss with your hearing aid specialist the possibility of trying various types of devices so you can compare their effectiveness.  hearing aid centres will offer a period of experimentation with your hearing aid.  Ask your specialist how much time you have to decide on the best type and fit for you.

During the trial period try to experience a wide variety of listening situations such as watching TV, attending a movie, listening to music, visiting friends or going to a shopping mall to test the effectiveness of the hearing aid(s) in each setting. Note any problems you encounter, and report back to your specialist for adjustments or for the opportunity to try different types of hearing aids.

It is important to verify the warranty period for your hearing aids, and the type of coverage you have.  It may require many visits to the specialist to find what is the best hearing device for you.  It is worth the time invested!

Click the link below to read the July 2009 article in Consumer Reports magazine on how to shop for hearing aids. Hearing Aids – buying tips checklist

You can also view this excellent report by the Mayo Clinic that explains how different hearing aids work and how they are fitted:

Additional details are available in the above FAQ – Thinking About Getting Hearing Hearing Aids?  Things to keep in mind.