Question: I’ve been having trouble hearing, so I went online and bought a set of hearing aids. They don’t help. What did I do wrong?
Answer: Today’s hearing aids are designed to be programmed in a way that customizes their response for each individual’s hearing loss. When purchasing hearing aids online, you likely don’t have the benefit of the customization that you need for your hearing loss, speech discrimination ability, or noise suppression needs. Before making a purchase, make an appointment with a licensed audiologist or hearing aid dispenser for a hearing test. This test will help determine which type of aid, along with the required programming, will provide the best hearing outcome for you.
If you have questions, see the booklet “Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids for Adults” on the website for the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.