What You Need to Know About Hearing Aids

Buying Tips, By Maria Brown, Education -

What You Need to Know About Hearing Aids

So how do YOU sort through all the noise about hearing aids? Your friends tell you everything before you even have your hearing checked for yourself... so here's what I can tell you to help:

The Truth

No one really understands what this hearing aid business is all about from the outside—so here's a hearing specialist's perspective for you.

Government vs. Private

Government-Issued Aids

The Office of Hearing Services provides free hearing aids to those that cannot afford them privately. This will cost you $40.00 per year for maintenance and $40.00 per year for batteries.

These hearing aids are basic technological devices that suit some people with very standard, low-level hearing losses.

Unfortunately, they don’t fit all types of hearing losses—which then leads to people being very unhappy with their hearing aids. The expectation out of the free hearing aids is that they will work amazingly. When they don’t people get very upset, and then often spread the word that "hearing aids don't work".

Private Hearing Aids

These hearing systems are more technologically advanced than the free aids from the government. You will say, "what does this mean?" All of the hearing aid manufacturers make 7 different technology levels.

The top of the range hearing aids are where all the features are that have been developed over many years of research are. This includes suppression of background noise, faster-acting speech recognition and the relaxing of the brain to allow users to wear hearing aids for longer without getting tried of listening through hearing aids.

As we drop down through the technology levels, the most affected feature is how we hear in background noise—meaning the bottom of the range work best in quiet or silent environments.

Tinnitus woman covering ears

So what do I choose? 

This is the question everyone asks me. As I respond, if you need to hear or work in background noise then the government aids will not help you at all. They are not capable of reducing background noise—it's not one of their features. If you just want to hear the TV and talk to one person at a time then that is fine!

If you are a person that's dealing with people everyday then you need hearing aids that act fast so that you have a much better chance of hearing what people are saying to you in all situations. Better hearing aids have directional technology and sensors that adapt to your surroundings.

Then the other question that gets asked, "What do you deserve for your retirement?" Do you want to hear very well in all situations, or do you want to compromise that for money?

I can’t tell people what to spend their money on but I can tell everyone that you get what you pay for. If you pay $0... that’s exactly what you may receive. In hearing aid technology and in the care you receive—the choice is yours!

Most people try to tell us that hearing aids don’t work—because their friends said so. They won't even try them for themselves! I, as a specialist, find this perplexing.

I suggest everyone has a risk-free, no-obligation free trial of hearing aids. My best advice is that if someone wants you to pay before you even try hearing aids to see if they work for you... then shop around, as someone else will let you have a free trial!

Audiologist helping choose hearing aids

Ready to find your solution?

A hearing aid trial is completely free and carries no risk for you. Call 1300 797 519 to book a trial now