Statistically 34 million Americans have a hearing loss, and this statistic is rising quickly. One in six baby boomers is struggling with gradual hearing loss. By the time you reach the age of 65, one in three people have a hearing loss.
Sadly, the majority of Americans with a hearing loss are below the retirement age. So if you’re experiencing hearing loss, you are not alone. The first step to remedy this situation is to get a hearing test.
Your test should include pure tone testing (the system of beeps) as well as extensive speech testing. Be sure a detailed medical and lifestyle history is completed.
To select the proper device for your loss, it is critical to know about your lifestyle and the places you need to hear more clearly. This process takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
Beware of promises the provider makes. If it sounds like it is too good to be true, it most likely is. Hearing devices can make an enormous difference.
Make sure the provider shares with you the benefits and the drawbacks of your instrument at the fitting so that you have realistic expectations. Don’t fall for bargain hearing aids or deep discounted hearing aids. The old saying “you get what you pay for” is especially true for hearing instruments. The best deal is not the cheapest.