Guest Post Written by SondraC at AlongLifePath.blogspot.com
Is it best to replace one non-working Hearing Aid or to buy two new ones?
About seven years ago, family members of an elderly senior parent persuaded them to buy hearing aids. They were tired of hearing their parent ask, “what did you say” ? It took months to convince their parent to take a hearing test and a few weeks more to decide the style of hearing aid to buy. Hearing Aids are expensive and some manufacturers are better than others.
That was a few years ago. Today they found that one hearing aid no longer works. While it is possible to hear with only one hearing aid, the quality, sound and tone are not good. Most of the time they must turn up the TV volume and ask others to repeat what they said.
Checking out various hearing aid manufacturers make it easier for elderly seniors to make a decision. Should they buy a left and right hearing aid if one of the hearing aids work or only replace the one and to wait until the other one breaks.
This is the decision I now have to make. My Widex hearing aid was bought new ten years ago. The life of a hearing aid was said to be about five to seven years. The price to buy a new one has almost doubled. I bought the two at the same time. However, one of the hearing aids broke. The other is perfectly good.
I have been hearing out of one ear for a few months. Hearing from one ear is better than not hearing from both. However, the depth and volume is limited to one side. This causes me to hear voices and sounds that are garbled at times and not clear,
Aside from deciding which hearing aid to purchase, an elderly senior has to figure the life of the new hearing aid against to their own life expectancy. Should the Senior outlive the hearing aid or should the hearing aid outlive the senior?
There are hearing aids on the market at half the price of hearing aids that are fitted specifically for each ear. Some do not automatically adjust for sound. If price is an issue it might be worth trying them. It might enable the senior to hear better.
Hearing aids are not included in Medicare. Hearing aids sell for various prices depending on the style and type of hearing aid. Some are automatically computer adjusted and others require the user to adjust the sound and tone by themselves.
Making a decision about whether to replace a hearing aid is not easy for an elderly senior. The best way for them to decide is to check out the models and cost of the well known manufacturers of hearing aids.
Editors Note: We have put together some additional information on Hearing Aids. It can be found at Hearing Aid Reviews and Advice