When it comes to hearing devices, it’s no secret that most people don’t want one. Nevertheless, we all need to hear. We need to hear well to socialize, watch television, talk on the phone, drive a car, and, most importantly, keep our brain active and able to understand speech.
Knowing that hearing well is a responsibility to ourselves and to others, why are people still so hesitant to try hearing devices? Jenny Morrow got her first pair of hearing devices at Beltone Indiana. “I could hear, but I couldn’t understand. I would mistake one word for another. I just didn’t know where to start. It seemed to me that all of my friends hated their hearing aids. I wondered if I should even bother getting one.”
Beltone Hearing Care Practitioners say that they hear comments like this all the time. “It seems like people who love their hearing aids never say much about them – either because they don’t think about it, or because they prefer that others not know they are wearing one. People who are unhappy with their hearing aids, however, are more likely to share their frustrations with others.”
What are those frustrations and how can you avoid them? Certain factors seem to influence customer satisfaction more than others.
Provider and Prescription
The quality of the Practitioner who tests, prescribes and fits your hearing device is the most important key to determining hearing device success.” What works for one will not work for all; everyone is different. Beltone Indiana ensures that your device is accurately adjusted to your hearing loss.
Comfort and Aesthetics
If a person doesn’t like the look or feel of their hearing device, it will most likely end up at the bottom of a drawer. Modern-day hearing devices are small, discreet, and comfortable.
Know your expectations up front. If you want a hearing device to work well in extremely challenging situations like church sermons or at a loud restaurant, investing in a high-end device is wise. If you are primarily at home and want a device to help you with the television and one-on-one conversations, a budget device may be more appropriate for your lifestyle.
Know your options. Your Practitioner should offer a variety of hearing device price levels to choose from. High-end devices offer the most up-to-date technology and the best clarity, but are the most expensive at approximately $4,000-$5,000 each. For those on a tighter budget, entry-level hearing devices work well in quiet situations and cost just $895 each. Most offices should also offer financing like we do.
The Bottom Line
It’s important to develop your own opinion through first-hand experience. That’s exactly what happened to Jenny: “When I first went for my hearing test, I didn’t want anyone to know. Now, after two years of wearing them, I can’t stop showing them off. I’ve sent many friends to Beltone Indiana, and they are all happy. I love my hearing aids!”