60-Day Home Try-On
Once you have had a hearing evaluation, and it is determined that you have sensorineural hearing loss, then it is time to consider the next step – finding and purchasing the right hearing aid.
Choosing a hearing aid can be intimidating. You might be afraid of how they will look. You may wonder if the hearing aids you choose really will be helpful, or whether the benefits outweigh the cost. You may want to try out hearing aid features like rechargeability, Bluetooth connectivity, or extended wear.
If these are some of the things you have considered when thinking about your hearing needs, you are in luck. Here at The Hearing Clinic, we run the only hearing aid home try-on program in Colorado. With this hearing aid home try-on, you can test a set of hearing aids for a week before purchasing. After that, you'll have 60-days to decide if you'd like to keep them.
What Hearing Aids Can I Try?
There are no restrictions on the hearing aid brand you can try. However, you can only try hearing aid styles that go over the ear, like Receiver-In-Canal and Behind-The-Ear.
All of the In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aid styles come with custom cases, so they are not available unless you are ready to purchase. If you are interested in a hearing aid that is ITE style, you can test the over the ear version. It might feel and fit a bit differently from what you will end up with when you buy the ITE style, but your sound experience will be exactly the same.
How Does The Hearing Aid Home Try-On Work?
Arranging for a hearing aid home try-on is simple. All you need to do is come in for a complimentary hearing test and ask for a hearing aid home try-on. If you don’t know what hearing aids you are interested in, our audiologist can help you determine what will suit you and your hearing loss.
Once you’ve decided on a product, we will program a pair for you to try on at home for a week to make sure it’s a good match and that your hearing problems are solved. At the end of the week, you need to decide whether to buy your tester hearing aids or not.
Even after you’ve bought the hearing aids, we have the most generous return policy in Colorado – we give you 60-days to change your mind. If you’re not delighted with the results your hearing aids provide, bring the hearing aids back for an exchange or a refund. You will see the benefits for yourself, or you will give them back with no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Tips To Help Adjust To New Hearing Aids
As you test drive your new hearing aids, there are some best practices you can follow to make your hearing aid home try-on more comfortable and effective.
BUILD UP TO WEARING YOUR HEARING AIDS
Wearing something like hearing aids in and around your ears for hours at a time can take time to adjust to doing, let alone dealing with the changes in sound amplification. But, some people get annoyed with their hearing aids and don’t give themselves enough time to get used to how their hearing aids sound and feel.
You can build up to how your home try-on hearing aids feel and sound by wearing them for a set amount of hours and working up from there. For instance, the first day you can wear them for six hours, the next day for eight hours, and keep building from there.
BE PATIENT WITH SOUNDS DIFFERENCES
As we mentioned, things will sound different as you wear your new hearing aids. These differences aren’t necessarily bad, but it can take time to adjust to how things sound.
For instance, say you are used to silence when you are at home. But with hearing aids, you will often pick up on more background sound, such as the hum of the refrigerator, the chirping of birds outside, and other environmental noises. Also, your voice may sound different as it is processed through your hearing aids. Do your best to be patient with these changes, as they are just signs that your new hearing aids are working as expected.
WEAR YOUR HEARING AIDS TO VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTS
Familiarizing yourself with your new hearing aids is an essential part of testing if they are the right hearing aids for your needs. Part of the familiarization process is to try out your hearing aids in a variety of environments, from using them in your home to your workplace.
By using your hearing aids in different sound settings, you can become more comfortable with how they sound and how you can adjust your hearing aids to suit you better.
TRY OUT FEATURES AND SETTINGS
Speaking of adjusting your hearing aids, to become more comfortable and familiar with your new hearing aids, you should start trying out the various features available. These hearing aids features can make your usage of these devices more convenient and useful.
For instance, say you are in a large lecture hall that has a loop system built-in. With a telecoil in your hearing aids, you can switch to the telecoil setting, and have the echo cut out and the speaker’s voice amplified.
There are many other exciting hearing aid features available. Be sure to talk to our audiologist to find out what hearing aids features may interest you most.
DISCUSS OPTIONS WITH OUR AUDIOLOGIST
Depending on your lifestyle, budget, and style preferences, different hearing aids will appeal to you. Say you make a lot of calls, and you don’t want hearing aids to get in the way. In that instance, our audiologist would recommend hearing aids that come with Bluetooth connectivity that would allow you to stream calls directly to your hearing aids.
This example is just one of the things our audiologist can help you with as you prepare for your home try-on. Even after you have chosen hearing aids to try-on at home, our audiologist can help adjust the listening programs to make your usage easier. Be sure to communicate your needs and concerns so that our audiologist can help you enjoy your new hearing aids.
CONSIDER AURAL REHABILITATION
If you are having trouble adjusting to how the world sounds now that you have amplified hearing, it can help significantly to have aural rehabilitation. With aural rehabilitation, our audiologist will work with you to help you adjust to your enhanced hearing so that it is no longer uncomfortable to use your hearing aids.
Where To Take Your Hearing Aids To Test Them
It is one thing to have your hearing aids programmed and start using them in the soothing auditory environment here at The Hearing Clinic. It is entirely different to use your hearing aids when you are out and about in the world.
To help adequately test your new hearing aids during your trial period, you may want to try out your hearing aids in these sound environments.
Restaurants - Whether large or small, restaurants are often tricky environments for hearing aid users as there is a significant amount of background sound. From clanking dishes to other diners, your new hearing aids will get a workout when you go out to a restaurant.
You can improve your hearing ability by doing your best to get a booth, preferably with your back or side near a wall. That will help cut down on the amount of sound that can bombard you and make it easier to focus.
Large buildings - Another difficult area for hearing aid users is large buildings. Ranging from houses of worship to shopping malls, large buildings can be acoustically tough. Depending on the features your hearing aids come with, there is a variety of ways to deal with large, echoing buildings.
For instance, if you are in a house of worship, lecture hall, or theater, you may be able to use the telecoil feature to connect to the loop system that many of these buildings have available. With the loop system and your telecoil, your hearing aids can cut through the echo and provide you with high sound fidelity.
Workplace - For those who need hearing aids to perform well in a workplace, test driving your hearing aids is a smart investment in your career. By taking your new hearing aids into your workplace, you can see if they help you hear your co-workers and supervisors better, or if there are some adjustments that need to be made.
Also, depending on the type of work that you do, there are hearing aid accessories that can help you perform your duties. For example, if you often attend meetings, there are microphones that connect with the hearing aids that you can place in the center of a conference room table to hear the other meeting participants more easily.
Quiet areas - Quiet areas aren’t as much of a challenge for hearing aid users. However, when transitioning between the volume and listening programs you use at other noisy locations and quiet spaces like your home, it can take some work to learn how to properly adjust your new hearing aids.
Try Out New Hearing Aids In The Denver Colorado Metro Area.
If you are interested in test driving a new pair of hearing aids and live in the Denver, CO area you are in luck. We have two hearing clinic locations, so give us a call and schedule your home try-on.