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things to consider before buying hearing aids

Things to Consider Before Buying Hearing Aids

There is a 10% chance that you may need hearing aids, even if you don’t realize it. According to the Hearing

Foundation of Canada, 3 million Canadians suffer from some form of hearing loss. Despite this large

number, only 1 in 6 of the population with hearing loss have sought out treatment. Being hearing impaired,

even slightly, can make it difficult to follow everyday conversations, which can have a detrimental effect on

a person’s work and social life. Hearing loss can lead to a decline in thinking ability, social isolation,

depression, safety issues, mobility limitations, and reduced income and employment opportunities.

Despite the importance of hearing for daily functioning, hearing loss is often unrecognized and

undertreated. A hearing aid can significantly improve a hearing-impaired person’s quality of life. But how

do you go about having your hearing assessed and buying the best hearing aid model for you? A hearing

aid is like an extension of the body, so you want to ensure that you make the right choice. Consider these

factors before buying a hearing aid:

See a Doctor or Audiologist

Don’t assume that you need a hearing aid because you struggle with hearing loss. Your hearing loss may be

from a blocked ear canal due to wax built-up or another obstruction, which can be fixed.

See an Audiologist

Seek out a reputable local audiologist when buying a hearing aid. An audiologist is a regulated health care

professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating auditory problems. They will assess your hearing

and explain the results to you so that you understand what is happening with your hearing. If you require

hearing aids, they will perform a hearing aid evaluation to determine which hearing aid(s) is the most

appropriate for you and your hearing loss. Your listening and communication needs will be assessed. Your

degree and type of hearing loss, the size and shape of your ear and ear canal, the dexterity of your hands

and eyesight are all considered in deciding what type of hearing aid is best for you.

Consider the Different Styles

You will be counselled regarding the types of hearing aids available and current technology will be

reviewed. The different kinds of hearing aids include:

Receiver in Canal (RIC): The RIC model uses a thin wire that extends from the body of the hearing aid,

located behind the ear, into the ear canal.

Over The Ear (OTE): This model is a mini BTE aid with a thin tube and a dome or custom ear mold.

Behind the Ear (BTE): This model hooks behind the ear and has a tube that connects into the ear canal. It is

the largest but picks up the most sounds.

Completely in Canal (CIC): The CIC model is moulded specifically for your ear canal. It is the smallest kind of

aid and used for mild hearing loss.

receiver in the canal ric the itc is also moulded

Receiver in The Canal (RIC): The ITC is also moulded to your ear, but does not fit all the way into the ear

canal. It has features that may not be available on the CIC.

Receiver in The Ear (RITE): The RITE model is larger and more visible, but offers special features like volume


You may also want to consider some additional features such as directional mics, volume control, battery

size, rechargeable batteries, remote controls and wireless connectivity. We encourage you to ask any

questions you may have. This will ensure you are well informed allowing you to make the best possible

decision. If you have hearing loss in both ears, using two hearing aids will provide the best possible

outcome. After all, we have two ears for a reason. Listening in a noisy environment is difficult when you

are only hearing in one hear because you can’t distinguish where sounds are coming from. However, if the

quality of hearing in one ear is much poorer compared to the other, one hearing aid may be better than

two. Other options such as a BiCROS or FM system are also available for this type of situation. Look Into

Financial Assistance

No one wants to put a cost on hearing, but financial constraints can be a concern when purchasing a

hearing aid. Consider the payment options and financial assistance available to you before purchasing a

hearing aid, including private insurance plans and government assistance.

Hearing aids can vary in price according to electronic features and performance levels. The purchase price

should not be the only consideration when buying a hearing aid. Product reliability, warranty type and

dispenser services should also be determining factors. In Ontario, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP)

administered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, provides a grant towards the

purchase of hearing aids. The audiologist will provide you with a completed ADP form. You are only

required to pay the difference between the cost of the hearing aid and the grant received from ADP.

A Trial Period

Before purchasing a hearing aid, inquire about the trial period policy. While it might seem fine in the clinic,

you might find that it doesn’t fit you in the long run. HearSay offers a 60-day satisfaction guarantee on all

our hearing aid products. If you’re not happy with your new hearing aid(s), simply bring them back for an

exchange or a full refund.

A Warranty Period

The warranty period would include repairs and future servicing. Talk to your Audiologist for more

information about your hearing aid’s warranty.

Are you looking for a reputable Audiologist in the Milton/Halton Hills area? HearSay Speech and Hearing

Centre can help you improve your hearing and find the best possible solution for your hearing needs. Our

experienced and qualified Audiologist will work with you to improve your hearing and overall wellbeing.

Contact us today to book a consultation!