Extracted from AARP Bulletin by Cathie Gandel (October 2014)
AARP is an American non-profit organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.
Top 10 tips for getting hearing aids:
1. Bring a Friend
When getting a hearing aid, if possible, bring a spouse, a family member or a friend.

2. Find a Good Provider
The value you get out of your hearing aid will hinge on the skills and abilities of your provider, so be sure to locate the one you can trust.

3. Pinpoint Your Priorities
Top providers will question patients about their lifestyle and hearing needs: Are you active or more of a homebody? What do you want the hearing aid to do for you? Do you just want to be able to hear the television? Or do you hope to hear well in church? etc. Knowing your needs and wants will help the professional determine what style and technology of aids are best for you.

4. Get Tested in a soundproof booth
During your visit, you should be given a hearing test in a soundproof room. This will tell the audiologist or hearing specialist what type of hearing loss you have, which will help him/her to choose the appropriate hearing aid as well as programming it specifically for you.

5. Ask for a Demonstration
Ask to “test drive” the hearing aids recommended for you. And take your time. This is way a too important and costly decision to make in a hurry.

6. Think Hard About Add-Ons
Wireless technology makes it easier to use mobile phones and televisions. But consider what you really need. If you generally don’t go out a lot or you entertain more at home, you may not need as many advanced features, which can save you money.

7. Get It in Writing
Get a signed copy of a contract that outlines what you’re buying — the model and make of hearing aid, the price, trial period, any nonrefundable fees as well as the warranty.

8. Take Advantage of Training
There’s a lot more to buying a hearing aid than choosing the right one and fitting it to your ear. You don’t just hear with your ear, you also hear with your brain, and your brain doesn’t always know what to do with the sounds after you get your hearing aids. Ask your provider about aural rehabilitation. Some auditory training can be done at home with a personal computer or through group sessions.

9. Negotiate the Price

10. Can You Hear Me Now?
Don’t leave the office without checking whether your new aid fits — and not just physically. Does it do what you want it to do? Ask to have an real-ear measurement test to see how it works in your ear

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