Do I need a hearing test before I get a hearing aid?
This is a good question. Generally speaking, it is best to having a hearing test to precisely define the pattern and severity of the hearing loss. However, statistically speaking, the vast majority of mild to moderate hearing losses that seek assistance from hearing instruments fall into the fitting patterns in memory of the pre-programmed hearing aids. Thus, it is reasonable to try the pre-programmed hearing aids first, and if they do not help you, then proceed to a professional for a more precise assessment.
What is a pre-programmed hearing aid?
A pre-programmed hearing aid, sometimes called a self-fit or pre-fit hearing aid, is a digital hearing aid that contains several programs in its memory that fit the vast majority of mild to moderate hearing losses. With a pre-programmed hearing aid, one is able to select the program in memory that sounds the best; then adjust the volume to comfort; and that’s it!
Why buy a pre-programmed hearing aid online?
Pre-programmed hearing aids bypass the audiologist, or professional hearing aid dispenser, resulting in time savings and greatly reduced cost. For most mild to moderate hearing losses, the programs in memory are virtually indistinguishable from the personally fit ( or tuned ) hearing aids from the professional hearing aid dispenser.
What does “fit” mean?
The term “fit” refers to the programming, or tuning, of a hearing instrument to “fit” the patient’s specific pattern of hearing loss. For example, if a patient has a predominantly high frequency hearing loss, gain adjustments are made in the high frequency region, while leaving the low to mid frequencies unchanged.
Are the return policies and warranties the same for pre-programmed hearing aids?
You have 45 days to try your pre-programmed hearing aid, and then if it does not suit your needs, you may return it for a full refund, minus shipping and handling costs. This is the same return policy found for most professionally dispensed hearing aids. Generally, all pre-programmed hearing aids come with at least a one year warranty, which covers all routine repairs except water damage, crush, or chewing damage.
When does the return period and warranty term start?
The return and warranty period starts from the date that you purchased the hearing aid.
If the pre-programmed hearing aid does not help me, what should I do?
If a pre-programmed hearing aid does not significantly improve your hearing, then it is likely that your hearing loss is beyond mild or moderate. In that case, you should have a professional evaluation to determine the type and severity of the hearing loss, and a more precisely fitted hearing instrument may be necessary.