If you've ever wondered; Do I need a hearing aid? You just might… Professionals will tell you that hearing loss is such a gradual decline that folks with hearing issues are usually the last to know. Many times they blame hearing issues on others, believing friends are mumbling, or perhaps they're “quiet talkers” (to steal a Seinfeldism).
Do I need a hearing aid?
News reporter Emily Robinson interviews Heather Bennett, an audiologist with Advanced Hearing Centers for some great tips on what to expect if you think you might need a hearing aid. First step (and most obvious on the list) is to get yourself tested. Find a local qualified resource that can professionally diagnose your specific situation, and get some unbiased information on what options are available to you. A number of audiologists sell hearing aids and will likely want to sell you one that they stock.
Buying a hearing aid from an audiologist isn't a bad idea, but understand what you're buying before you take the plunge. Search online for equivalent hearing aid prices, and don't be afraid to negotiate with sellers. Did you know that Costco is now in the hearing aid business? Bottom line is that consumers need to do their homework more than ever. The old adage about making a good purchasing decision still holds true to this day; Buy right… Cry once.