45 Day Home Try-On
Once you have had a hearing evaluation, and it is determined you have a hearing loss, it's time to consider the next step – finding and purchasing the right hearing aid for you. Finding the right hearing aid can be intimidating. Will they look ok? Will they be helpful? Will the benefits outweigh the cost? Do I want features like rechargeability, Bluetooth connectivity, or extended wear? How will they work in my everyday life? We want you to have the opportunity to try them out at home before you commit to purchase.
How Does The Hearing Aid Home Try-On Work?
Once you've decided on a product, we program a pair of hearing aids for your specific loss. You take them home and use them for a full week, in different environments, to make sure it's a good match. At the end of the week, you decide whether to buy those particular hearing aids, try a different pair or return them. Even after you've bought the hearing aids, we give you 45 days to change your mind. If you're not delighted with your hearing aids, bring the hearing aids back for an exchange or a refund. If you don't see the benefits for yourself, there will only be a charge for the hearing evaluation and fitting, which is often covered by insurance.
What Hearing Aids Can I Try?
There are no restrictions on the hearing aid brand you can try. However, you can only try hearing aid styles that go over the ear, like Receiver-In-Canal and Behind-The-Ear. In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aid styles come with custom cases, so they are not available unless you are ready to purchase. If you are interested in a hearing aid that is ITE style, you can test the over the ear version. It might feel and fit a bit differently from what you will end up with when you buy the ITE style, but your sound experience will be exactly the same.
How To Adjust To New Hearing Aids
As you test drive your new hearing aids, the following tips will make your hearing aid home try-on more comfortable and effective.
BUILD UP TO WEARING YOUR HEARING AIDS
Wearing hearing aids in and around your ears for hours can take time to get used to, let alone dealing with the changes in sound amplification. Some people get annoyed and don’t give themselves enough time to adjust to the new sound and feel.
We recommend wearing them for a few hours each day and working up from there. For instance, the first day, wear them for four hours, the next day six hours, and keep building from there.
BE PATIENT WITH SOUND DIFFERENCES
Things will sound different as you wear your new hearing aids. These differences aren’t necessarily bad but can also take time to adjust to.
For instance, if you're used to a silent home, know that hearing aids will often pick up more background sound, such as the hum of the refrigerator, the chirping of birds outside, and other environmental noises. You may also notice your voice sounds different. Be patient with these changes; they are just signs that your new hearing aids are working as expected.
TRY OUT FEATURES AND SETTINGS
There are many exciting hearing aid features available. Be sure to talk to our hearing specialist to find out what features interest you most. Once you have the features you want, take the time to try them out! Hearing aids features can make your usage of these devices more convenient and useful.
WEAR YOUR HEARING AIDS TO VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTS
Part of familiarizing yourself with your hearing aids is to try them out in a variety of environments. Using your hearing aids in different sound settings, you can become more comfortable with how they sound and how you can adjust your hearing aids to better suit you.
Try places such as,
Restaurants - From clanking dishes to other diners, your new hearing aids will get a workout with all the background noise in a restaurant. You can improve your hearing ability by doing your best to get a booth and adjusting your hearing aids to diminish background noise. Using control over which microphone, front or back, is a great way to turn down the noise coming from behind you. Engaging the interments artificial intelligence (Ai) can make a world a difference.
Large buildings - Ranging from houses of worship to shopping malls, large buildings can be acoustically tough. Depending on the features your hearing aids come with, there are various ways to deal with large, echoing buildings.
Workplace - By taking your new hearing aids into the workplace, you can see if they help you hear your co-workers and supervisors better, or if there are adjustments that need to be made. Depending on the type of work you do, there are hearing aid accessories that can help you perform your duties.
Quiet areas - Quiet areas aren’t as much of a challenge for hearing aid users. However, it can take some work to learn how to properly adjust your new hearing aids when going from noisy to quiet areas.
Call Us To Try Out New Hearing Aids.
If you are interested in test driving a new pair of hearing aids and live in New Mexico or a neighboring state, you are in luck. Give us a call and schedule your home try-on!