Approximately "38 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 75 have age-related hearing loss," leaving this demographic dependent on hearing aids, according to the Consumer Reports.
The devices can be expensive, and Consumer Reports said its latest survey found that, on average, people pay $2,710 when purchasing hearing aids.
Because of this, the posting recommends speaking with a professional who can ensure money on the devices is well-spent. Their website provided a few questions to ask audiologists.
In determining what model is best, keep in mind that getting the right fit is “the most important predictor in performance,” Catherine Palmer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said in the article. Work with an audiologist to determine what is most comfortable.
In assessing costs, the article recommends asking for an itemized list that should contain “the devices (many people wear two), fitting appointments, orientation or instruction in its use, and unlimited follow-up visits and repairs during the warranty period (usually one to three years).”
Because some aids can be locked, make sure to ask, if the "hearing aid can be programmed and maintained elsewhere if you move or if the audiologist’s office closes," according to the article. Ask if it’s "proprietary" and if "you’ll be stuck going to a particular audiologist or chain store for adjustments,” the article said.
Lastly, make sure to ask about return policies.