Hearing aids are expensive, and they are quite different to glasses.
With the correct glasses, all you need to do is put them on and you can see clearly. The result is instantaneous even though there might be minor adjustments. If you’re buying hearing aids for the first time, you should understand that it is very different and it will take time to adjust.
Why is that? If your brain has not heard certain sounds for a while, it needs to learn to hear them again. Initially there will be lots of noise, a lot louder than you are used to. It can take months to adjust, so don’t expect instantaneous results. The longer you leave it, the harder it’ll be.
Some hearing aids can cost $10,000 or more, but there’s a good chance you don’t need to spend nearly that much. If you’re going to spend that sort of money you want to get it right!
This means you should think about the sorts of conditions that are important to you. If you lead a busy life with meetings, cocktail parties, the movies, theatre and music, you may need different aids from someone who leads a quieter life. If the work environment is critical to you, we recommend you consider a Talking Stick, which we describe on the Hearing Technology page.
A ’T switch’ in your aid enables you to hear wherever a hearing loop is available, such as on the telephone or in the theatre. We feel this is essential for most people.
More about Loops
Read our booklet on the Publications page for tips on preparing to visit an audiologist.