- Consider going to a doctor. An Ear, Nose, and Throat physician (also known as an ENT or otolaryngologist), can administer a medical exam. The exam will rule out any medical reason for your hearing loss which would require medical or surgical treatment. Your doctor can also give you a referral to an audiologist or a hearing aid dispenser if your health plan requires a doctor’s referral for services.
- Consider going to an audiologist. An audiologist will perform an audiological exam to determine the type and amount of your hearing loss, and will counsel you as to your non-medical options to improve your hearing loss.
- Buy your hearing aid either direct-to-consumer, or from a licensed hearing healthcare professional (audiologist, a hearing aid dispenser, or an ear, nose, and throat physician). Ask your hearing healthcare professional to help you determine what features you will need.
- Select your hearing aid carefully. Select one that is convenient and easy for you to use. Buy hearing aids with features that meet your needs in daily listening activities.
- Be sure you know how to care for your hearing aid. Ask a hearing healthcare professional to show you how to clean it and replace the batteries at the time of purchase.
- Ask about a trial/adjustment period. Most manufacturers provide a trial/adjustment period during which your hearing aids can be returned for a refund. A trial/adjustment period will allow you to test out your hearing aids to see if they work well for you.
- Check out the warranty. Like any other product you purchase, be aware of what parts or services are covered by the warranty.