You Can Do It!
Over time, reduced stimulation to your ears and brain can actually impair the brain’s ability to process sound and recognize speech. The more speech recognition deteriorates, the more difficult it is to recover. When you can’t hear what’s going on around you, your mental sharpness suffers. The sooner you take action, the sooner you put a stop to the negative effects of hearing loss, and the sooner you begin to regain sharpness, confidence and control. Find that professional here in your Delmarva backyard with offices in Lewes and Seaford, DE, and Oak Hall and Chincoteague, VA.
1. Find a Professional
Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialists have been trained and tested in the state in which they are licensed. They are able to perform a full hearing test including air/bone conduction and various speech testing.
You are not obligated to purchase devices from your testing professional. You may seek help elsewhere. Ask for a copy of your test.
2. Book an Appointment
Many places offer free hearing tests and/or screenings. A screening is a preliminary test to see if you even need a full test. If you have a loss, you will need a full test to be able to fit you with devices. The test usually takes about 30 minutes with additional time to speak with your professional before the test and another 20 to 30 minutes to discuss your options after the test.
You can book a free test today in one of our locations by calling 443-235-4461.
3. Go to the Appointment and Take a Friend With You
Hearing tests do not hurt. You do not have to decide that day what to do. You can get another opinion. DON’T WORRY; you may not even have a loss.
If someone is trying to strong arm you into making a decision, you do not have to do business with them. There are many options. Sometimes there are too many options. Taking a friend with you will help you to make the best decision.
If you have a loss, you have a huge decision to make. You took the first step by having your hearing tested. Millions of people just like you have some form of hearing loss. Please do not wait to take action. Not only will your hearing continue to get worse, your brain will start forgetting the sounds of letters and words. This can be problematic when you do decide to get help. There are many types and styles of hearing instruments. We can narrow down choices based on your audiogram, your lifestyle and your style preferences.
Hearing aids can cost anywhere from several hundred to a few thousand dollars. We have seen advertisements for $995.00 hearing aids and $300.00 personal listening devices, which are not hearing aids. We have also seen people charged up to $5,000.00 for one hearing aid. Average pricing is $1,000 to $3,500 per aid, making it $2,000 to $7,000 per set. Most people need two devices if there is a loss in both ears. Hearing aids are expensive. Remember, most medical devices are expensive because of the standards which must be met. They are tiny computer chips that you wear on/in your ears.
In most states there is at least a 30-day trial period where for any reason if you decide to return the devices, you will be refunded. (Some dispensers charge a fitting fee that is not refunded.) Be sure to ask about this policy.
Most places accept cash, check and credit cards. Many offer patient financing programs such as CareCredit.
Once you have decided on a professional and a device, you will be scheduled for a fitting. Afterwards, the ear devices can be delivered within a week, whereas, custom devices take about 10 business days.
At your fitting, your aids will be programmed to fit your hearing needs. They may not be adjusted to the optimal level if you are a new user and you have waited a while to correct the loss. Not to worry; your professional will see you several times over the first few months until you feel comfortable with your new devices. You will then only need to see him/her every 3 to 6 months to check the devices and have your annual hearing exam.
Most dispensers include follow-up visits with the purchase of your devices. They will explain this during your initial visit.