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Better Hearing Institute Publishes Comprehensive Consumer Guide to Buying Hearing Aids
Date:5/27/2010

y as May is recognized nationally as Better Hearing and Speech Month."

"Your Guide to Buying Hearing Aids" walks the consumer through five distinct phases of the purchasing experience:

- Gathering Information and Scheduling the First Appointment
- Arriving for Your First Appointment
- What to Expect During Your First Appointment
- What to Expect During the Hearing Aid Fitting
- What to Expect During Post-Fitting Follow-Up and After Care

The publication provides detailed and practical advice, anticipating the broad spectrum of questions that people often have when addressing their hearing loss for the first time.

The topics covered in the guide are comprehensive, ranging from how to find a qualified hearing healthcare professional to financial tips to the kind and caliber of follow-up consumers should expect from hearing health professionals after purchasing a hearing aid.

Specific examples of the practical advice given as part of the guidelines includes: bringing a trusted companion for support and to help take notes during appointments; asking in advance whether the hearing test is covered by insurance; making sure that hearing tests are reliable and accurate by determining if your hearing loss will be tested in a sound booth; requesting a copy of test results for your records and for your family physician to review; asking for a simulation of how you hear with and without the hearing aids in different listening situations, such as in a place of worship or a noisy restaurant; expecting to be shown test results demonstrating the hearing benefit received from the hearing aids; determining if the hearing healthcare provider utilizes real ear measurement to verify the accuracy of the hearing aid fitting; and reminding consumers that they should never feel pressured to buy or make an immediate decision about purchasing a hearing aid. Ultimately, the decision to purchase should be
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