Addressing your hearing loss and choosing the right hearing aid can be a jungle for many first time buyers. This is why The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) in the US has published a comprehensive consumer guide titled â€œYour Guide to Buying Hearing Aidsâ€. The guidelines give confidence to first-time hearing aid buyers in the US by providing a detailed, step-by-step breakdown of what to expect, ask and look for when visiting a hearing care professional and purchasing a hearing aid.
â€œThis guide is designed to offer confidence and support by educating the consumer. We want to help ensure that anyone in need of a hearing aid receives the very best information and professional service available so they can make the very best purchasing decision possible.â€ says Sergei Kochkin, PhD and BHIâ€™s executive director.
The guide goes through the five distinct phases of the purchasing experience:
- Gathering Information and Scheduling the First Appointment
- Arriving for Your First Appointment
- What to Expect During Your First Appointment
- What to Expect During the Hearing Aid Fitting
- What to Expect During Post-Fitting Follow-Up and After Care
According to a BHI study, more than 34 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and it is one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America today.
Source: Better Hearing Institute.