If it is appropriate, your audiologist will recommend two hearing aids. Many patients have the opinion that only one hearing aid is needed. However, there are significant acoustic advantages to using hearing aids in both ears for most patients with hearing loss. These advantages include improved speech understanding in noise, assistance with localization (determining direction of sound), and a feeling of balance in hearing between ears.
A 30 day trial period should be discussed during this visit. Most audiologists offer a 30 day trial period to allow time for you to adjust to your new hearing aids and use them in most of your normal communication situations. Payment for the hearing aids occurs when you take them home, but can be returned during the 30 day trial period. If you decide to return your hearing aids during this trial period there is often a predetermined non-refundable fee.
As mentioned above, there is not one perfect style or manufacturer of hearing aid. The audiologist should review all styles available and different levels of technology. The most appropriate style and technology for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and communication needs will be discussed. Although cosmetics of the hearing aids may be important, it should not be the primary reason for deciding which hearing aids to purchase.
Your audiologist will take time during this appointment to assess your communication needs in order to better understand how you perceive your hearing loss and how amplification can help improve your quality of life.