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Harford County Aegis “Ask A Doctor” – I think I need hearing aids, but I’m concerned I won’t like them. I don’t want to spend all that money and end up not wearing them. What can I do?

Harford County Aegis “Ask A Doctor” – I think I need hearing aids, but I’m concerned I won’t like them. I don’t want to spend all that money and end up not wearing them. What can I do?
September 2, 2010 Emily

Q: I think I need hearing aids, but I’m concerned I won’t like them. I don’t want to spend all that money and end up not wearing them. What can I do?

A: That’s a valid (and very common) concern.  First of all, I never tell patients they NEED hearing aids. Your heart will keep beating with or without hearing aids. The real question is: will hearing aids make your life better?  The only way to know that is to actually try them. Most audiologists offer a 30-day return period. We offer 90 days, but even before we talk about purchasing hearing aids, we usually do a demonstration. We’ll program a pair of hearing aids for you, and then you can experience for yourself what it’s like to wear them. If you like ‘em – great! If not – at least now you know.

Answered by Dr. Matt Perry, Au.D. – audiologist and owner of Harmony Hearing & Audiology, located in Festival at Bel Air, 5 Bel Air S Pkwy, Ste. 1411, Bel Air, MD 21015 – (410)569-5999