Learn what you need to know when buying hearing aids in Canada.
Buying hearing aids can be a confusing process, especially if you haven’t experienced it before. It isn’t as simple as walking into a store and picking out a hearing aid to buy on the spot. You need to go through four steps before your hearing aid purchase is finalized.
There are also several different brands, models, styles, and levels of technology that you can choose from. It can be a bit overwhelming seeing all the different choices without knowing what the differences are.
Finally, when you get to the point where you are ready to buy your hearing aids, there are also different payment or funding options you should know. These payment options vary depending on where you live in Canada and the programs available through your province.
We wrote this complete hearing aid buying guide to help you better understand the process.
When you decide you want to buy hearing aids to help with your hearing loss, there are four steps you will go through. This process is similar for all hearing aid clinics across Canada, though there may be some slight differences within each step.
Here is a quick outline for each step for buying hearing aids, starting when you first contact a clinic.
The first thing every hearing clinic will have you do is take a hearing test. This is a very important step that cannot be skipped because it determines the kind of hearing aids you will need. It will also help determine if your hearing loss is severe enough to require hearing aids in the first place.
Your hearing test will allow your hearing aids to be fine-tuned to the specific frequencies you have lost the ability to hear clearly. It is like needing an eye exam so your prescription glasses will actually let you see everything clearly. This is the difference between a generic hearing amplification device and hearing aids.
Once the exact nature of your hearing loss has been determined by a hearing test, you will have a product discussion with your clinician. This is where you will be told all the different options to consider, including:
Hearing aid brands
Hearing aid models
Hearing aid styles
Levels of technology
Your clinician will also make some suggestions that they think will work best for your needs. This will help narrow your choices from a seemingly overwhelming amount to a few.
This is the step where you make your initial purchase. You can order the hearing aid units you want, plus any accessories. When it comes time to pay for the hearing aids, there are some options you should know about:
Pay with your own money
Apply for financing
Apply for a government program
Use your private insurance
After you purchase the hearing aids, the process is not quite complete. When you purchase hearing aids in Canada, most clinics will offer some kind of return guarantee. At Helix Hearing Care, we offer a 60 day return guarantee. That means you can return your hearing aids to us within 60 days of purchasing them to get your money back.
This helps you be more secure with the financial investment of hearing aids, in case you aren’t satisfied that the hearing aids are right for you. It’s extra peace of mind, so you can try the hearing aids for an extended period.
When you just start out looking into getting hearing aids, it can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The four-step process mentioned above exists to help make your decision easier.
Getting a hearing test confirms if you need hearing aids at all. It also helps you narrow down the type of hearing aids that will help you the most. The product discussion with a clinician helps narrow that list down even more with their recommendations. Lastly, the 60 day return guarantee helps you purchase hearing aids with confidence, so you can be absolutely sure that you complete your journey with hearing aids that will help you.
In the end, it is not a decision you have to rush. You can take time to research all the different hearing aid brands, models, and styles to learn more about them. You can talk with your clinician in depth to learn more about how they work, and why some would work well for you and others might not. With the 60 day return guarantee, you make sure you get your money’s worth.
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