Getting a hearing aid for the first time involves taking in a lot of information. While there will be an element of relief in knowing your hearing will be better than before, there is also a certain amount of stress and anxiety in the process. And whenever we face stressful and anxious moments in life, we often forget to listen properly – or simply forget what we have been told. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common questions asked of an audiologist when a patient gets a hearing aid.

Which hearing aids are best?

The most common question is an obvious one – however, the right answer can be tricky to establish without each patient’s needs and requirements heard first. In your appointment, your audiologist will go through the kind of lifestyle you want to keep up and improve, to ensure that your preferences are taken into consideration. The audiologist will drill down into the fine details of your life, taking in all kinds of things from your ideal exercise regime to your personal hobbies. Be aware that the type of hearing aid you can get will often be defined by the amount of hearing loss you have experienced.

How often must I visit my audiologist?

Hearing aids are delicate medical devices, so you shouldn’t expect to buy one and live with it for the rest of your life without any issues. In the early days, your audiologist will need you to return on a reasonably regular basis, making sure your hearing aid settings are working for your requirements. After this introductory period, your audiologist will need you to come back for minor or major repair work, battery problems or replacement, and regular cleaning. Most people will be expected to stick to an annual schedule of hearing tests, too, to ensure your problems aren’t worsening.

How often do I need to replace my hearing aid?

This is another very common question. The vast majority of hearing aids on the market today will last for around five years, but this is largely dependent on how well you maintain them. You should get a two-year warranty for your hearing aid, and extended warranties are available, too. However, the reality is that by the time your aid is somewhere between five and seven years old, you might need to buy a new one. As with every other medical device, the older it gets, the more chance it has of breaking down or ceasing to work properly.

How much will it cost?

Finally, money is on everyone’s mind, of course. But again, it’s a tough question to answer without knowing the needs of each individual patient. Some people might need ear molds for a custom fitting. Others may need their aids to have special features – waterproof or sweat-resistance for those that enjoy working out, for example. The key takeaway is that your audiologist will likely have payment plans available, so a device shouldn’t be too hard to reach for the average person. Also, it’s important to discuss your budget limits to ensure your audiologist can recommend and find the right type of device.