Getting Your First Hearing Aid
You’ve been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss and are looking for your first hearing aid.
Technology has dramatically advanced in recent years, allowing hearing aids to be more effective than ever. With a wide variety of hearing aid brands and types of hearing aids, it can feel overwhelming to choose one that works best for you.
Fortunately, NexGen Hearing has passionate, dedicated and experienced audiologists and hearing professionals to support you on your journey to better hearing and help improve your quality of life through exceptional care.
Where to Go for Your First Hearing Aid
The first step to getting your first hearing aid is meeting with your audiologist or Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP). They will assess your hearing and help you choose the best hearing aid for your lifestyle. Once a hearing aid is chosen, it is ordered and you are scheduled in for a fitting.
During the fitting, your audiologist or RHIP will program the device to your prescription, review the care instructions and how to use the device, as well as ensure it is comfortable for you. You can expect several follow-up appointments to fine-tune your hearing aid, each about a week apart. It’s possible that your device may need adjustments to sound levels. Not only will your hearing professional help get you set up with your first hearing aid, but they will guide you through your hearing journey for years to come.
What to Look for in Your First Hearing Aid
There are several aspects of your lifestyle to consider before purchasing your first hearing aid, including your hobbies and job.
If you spend a lot of your time outside hiking, gardening, or biking, you might want a hearing aid that is better at blocking out wind or handling various environments. If your job requires attending social events, you may benefit from a higher level of technology that can block out background noise. Or maybe you simply want a hearing aid that connects to Bluetooth so you can pair it to your phone, computer or TV.
It’s important to ask about a trial period with whichever hearing aid you decide to go with, especially when it’s your first time getting a hearing aid. This trial period will allow you to decide if your chosen device is right for you after using it. We recommend meeting with your audiologist during this period to ensure the hearing aid fits well and is working as it should.
NexGen Hearing provides a free 21-day introductory hearing aid trial before a deposit is required. After 21 days, you can enjoy an additional 69-day trial or 100% of money refunded. NexGen Hearing also offers complimentary batteries during the warranty period, which is typically three to five years, depending on the model.
Tips & Tricks for Getting Your First Hearing Aid
It’s likely to take some time to get used to your hearing aid, but wearing them should never cause you pain. Try wearing your new hearing aid for about four hours a day to allow the skin around your device to adjust. It can take up to a week to get accustomed to the feeling, but taking breaks will ease the process.
It’s also important to get into a cleaning routine early. Taking proper care of your hearing aid by following the cleaning instructions will help increase the lifespan of your device. We recommend cleaning your hearing aids before putting them on for the day, as well as storing them in a dry place to avoid moisture build-up.
Building a support system is another key component to getting your first hearing aid. It takes an average of seven years for someone experiencing hearing loss to get treated, which often results in mental fatigue and cognitive decline. Having supportive loved ones around who are aware of your hearing loss journey can help improve your quality of life as you are getting used to your first hearing aid.
NexGen Hearing offers free hearing tests and hearing aid consultations, hearing aid fittings and sales. Book an appointment at one of our 45+ clinics in the BC Interior, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island by clicking here or calling 1-877-606-6671.