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When it comes to hearing aids, try before you buy

By Diane Krieger Spivak

If you’ve just been told you need hearing aids, you may be confused by the different types of devices that are available.

Analog, digital, in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, and even more. There are different kinds of  hearing aids for different kinds of hearing loss. That’s why it’s important to be able to “test drive” a hearing aid before you make a financial commitment.

With the Flex:trial program demonstration hearing aids are programmed with the technology tailored to the patient’s specific hearing needs. The patient then takes them home to use during a free trial” period.

The try-before-you-buy approach to hearing aids is an important risk-free factor in getting those with hearing loss the help they need. According to data from hearing industry surveys  about half the patients visiting a hearing health professional for the first time end up not making a purchase because they don’t want to invest in hearing aids that may not be right or them, according to The Hearing Review.

The Flex:trial program offers five technology levels geared toward the patient’s specific hearing loss, that can be changed over and over. The hearing aid is programmed for the appropriate level and the patient is allowed to wear it for a specified period of time. The technology can be adjusted higher or lower during the trial period until the most comfortable hearing level is reached, giving the patient time to decide if he/ she wants to purchase the device.

There is also a Flex:upgrade program for patients who already have a hearing aid but want to upgrade their technology, based on changes in their hearing loss, their preference or lifestyle, says The Hearing Review. This program allows them to make their desired changes in their existing hearing aid without purchasing a new one.

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Focused on service

Our number one goal at Hearing Help Express is to help you hear as well as you possibly can.  You can count on us to get your hearing aids working as well as possible. We offer professional hearing aid service and repair for almost all makes and models.

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My Favorite Cubs Fan

Mavis

At 106 years young, my long time client and friend Mavis is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. Here she is earlier today wearing her Cubbie blue and testing her new hearing aids. Better hearing is crucial for Mavis. She is legally blind. She can’t see the Cubs playing on TV — but she can listen to the action and root for her team.

As Mavis explains, “My hearing is really important to me. Since I can’t see well, I depend on my hearing aids for almost everything I do. They are such a blessing.” “GO CUBS GO!”

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Risk-Free, no-cost, hearing aid trial

Whether you are thinking about trying hearing aids for the first time, or want to sample the newest technology, Flex:Trial is for you!

Other hearing aid trial programs require you to pay for the hearing aids in advance and then go through the process of obtaining a refund if you’re not satisfied.  With Flex:trial there is no upfront cost – and no fear of getting stuck with hearing aids you don’t like.

In fact, the risk is all ours!  Learn more — watch our video:

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Improve Your Hearing Aid Performance

Inevitably it happens to all hearing aid users — your hearing aids just don’t work as well as when they were new.  This happens for different reasons.  Sometimes it is because your hearing has changed.  Sometimes it is because skin particles, earwax or moisture interfere with your hearing aid’s microphone or speaker.  Sometimes it is because your hearing aids no longer fit your ear snugly and comfortably.

When this happens and your hearing hearing aids are no longer performing properly for your hearing needs — it is common to think about purchasing new hearing aids.  Of course, sometimes it is a great idea to upgrade to the newest hearing technology.   However, what many hearing aid users don’t realize is that poor performing hearing aids can often be significantly improved by professional cleaning, repair and reprogramming.

At Hearing Help Express we are experts with all brands and models of hearing aids aids.  If your hearing aids are no longer performing to your satisfaction, we can usually make significant improvements in performance via cleaning, repairs, programming changes and software updates.  We can do this for most hearing aids — even if you didn’t purchase them from us!

Before you decide to purchase new hearing aids, first let us try and improve the performance of your existing hearing aids.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the results!

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Hearing aids give a great return on the investment

Research shows that the rewards can be substantial. In fact, identifying and addressing hearing loss has been shown to positively influence virtually every aspect of an individual’s life, helping people personally, professionally and even financially.

Investing in professionally fitted hearing aids could bring a greater return on your investment than you ever imagined.

Using hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss by 90-100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65-77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss, according to a Better Hearing Institute (BHI) study. People with untreated hearing loss lost as much as $30,000 in income annually, the study showed.

Ongoing research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia, leading experts to believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia.

A Johns Hopkins study showed that people ages 40-69 with even just mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. The intensive listening effort demanded by unaddressed hearing loss may take cognitive resources away from what is needed for balance and gait, experts have suggested.

When people with hearing loss use hearing aids, many feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical, BHI research shows.

Hearing aids can help reduce the prominence of tinnitus by amplifying background sound. Just taking the focus off the tinnitus can provide relief for many people.

Research shows that using hearing aids can help improve interpersonal relationships. In one BHI study of people with hearing loss, more than half of the respondents said using hearing aids improved their relationships at home, their social lives and their ability to join in groups.

Addressing hearing loss really is a smart buying decision.

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