Here’s a list I put together for my friend’s Dad.
Jeff is a retired electrical Engineer here in Burnaby. He’s had a lot of noise exposure on projects he’s worked on over the years. He never wore hearing protection at work and it’s come back to haunt him.
His wife was constantly on his case for blasting the TV.
So, in the interest of keeping the peace, Jeff decided to get his hearing checked out.
Sure enough, he’ lost some of his hearing of higher frequencies (think treble).
Below is list of the answers to Jeff’s questions. They are so common that I figured we should just list them out for anyone to read.
Here’s what you need to know starting out:
- Small hearing aids are usually NOT more expensive than larger ones (price is affected by performance and comfort in noise – not size)
- You don’t pay GST or PST on hearing aids or batteries (they are 0% rated for tax)
- Your hearing aids will require ongoing maintenance by you or by a professional (see our all-inclusive maintenance program)
- You should talk to at least 2 hearing aid specialists before making a decision of who you decide to work with (and spend your money with)
- You should NOT buy a hearing aid based on a particular brand – whether you know someone who is happy with that brand or if you saw reviews for it on the internet.
Every brand of hearing aid has its pros and cons. What works for one person is not necessarily a good match for you.
- You will almost always hear better in noise if you are using hearing aids in both ears (in fact, you’ll hear more easily with 2 lower level hearing aids than you will with only 1 top-of-the-line hearing aid).
- Hearing aids will not restore your hearing back to natural. But, they will definitely help you hear things much more clearly with much less frustration.
That’s it. I hope it helps!