Do I need a hearing aid?

Many factors are important to consider when deciding whether you should pursue hearing aids.  One of the most common questions we hear is: “Do I need a hearing aid?”  Not everyone with hearing loss is a good candidate for hearing aids, but our audiologists can assess your individual hearing loss to help you determine whether hearing aids are right for you.

Communication Needs

Hearing loss can affect each individual differently and an assessment of what kind of situations you are having trouble can determine whether hearing aids are effective in the treatment of your hearing loss. An individual with mild hearing loss with complex communication needs will likely benefit from a hearing aid more than an individual with a similar hearing profile but has less complex communication needs.  The motivation to improve communication needs is the strongest determinant factor for hearing aid success.

Hearing Profile

Many types of hearing loss exist.  Some types of hearing loss can be improved by medical intervention without the need for hearing aids.  For the types of hearing loss that are not medically treatable, hearing aids can be helpful.  Hearing aids can also be more useful for certain types of hearing loss and less significant for others.  This type of information can be obtained with a comprehensive audiometric evaluation.

Hearing Aid Demo

We have a variety of hearing aids that are available for patients to try before they make a purchase.  Demos are free, and usually last 1-2 weeks.  During the demo period, patients have a chance to try all the features, and get a real feel for how the hearing aids will work in all aspects of their life.  If you are not satisfied with the demo devices for any reason, please let our audiologists know. This feedback is essential to help find the best hearing aid for YOU.

Trial Period

After purchasing new hearing aids, a trial period will begin.  Depending on the manufacturer, a period of time exists when the devices can be returned for a refund.  At a minimum, patients have 30-days to decide if the hearing aid is right for them.