Do I Have A Trial Period With My New Hearing Instruments?

Hearing aid. (File photo)
Hearing aid. (File photo)

In the State of N.J., a trial period to test drive hearing aids is not required by law. However, in 98% of other States, you would receive 30 or 45 days to wear and evaluate the hearing instruments and return the system to the hearing care provider if you’re not satisfied. In fact, certain providers will give you greater than two months to return the hearing aid system. If you return the hearing aids, there may be a small restocking fee which is typically 5%-10% of the total purchase price. This restocking fee is very common, however, feel free to negotiate that percentage. Remember, the hearing care professional is spending time with you and should be compensated for his/her time.

  For those of you who have never worn a hearing aid, it will take time for your brain to acclimate to all of the sounds we “normally” hear and for many of us, it could take at least 30 days. In fact, “new” hearing aid users are typically not fit at 100% prescription during the initial first fit.  More often than not, the new hearing aid user is set between 80-85% of predicted prescription for the patients hearing loss.  It will usually require at least two additional follow up visits to reach close to 100%.  The more “time” the hearing care professional wants to spend with you, the greater the chances of a successful experience.

  In my opinion, I believe all potential hearing aid patients need a minimum of 45 days to acclimate to wearing hearing aids and at least two follow up visits need to occur after the initial fitting.  Any practice that does not offer this should not be considered using best practices and I would look elsewhere to improve your hearing.

  Dr. Izzy is always available to answer your questions about most hearing care issues. Dr. Izzy and his Staff have offices in Toms River, Whiting, and Manahawkin and can be reached at 732-818-3610 (Toms River/Whiting) or 609-978-8946 (Manahawkin) or visit: www.gardenstatehearing.com.

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Dr. Kirsh has over 25 years of hearing care experience. Dr. Kirsh received a B.A. in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland, a Master’s of Education (Audiology) from the University of Virginia and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with area of specialization in Audiology from the Union Institute (The Graduate School). Dr. Kirsh completed a fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, has multiple publications, and has received numerous continuing education awards from both ASHA and AAA. Dr. Kirsh is currently a Founder and Director for Audigy Group and has previously served on the Sonus Network advisory board. Dr. Kirsh’s wife, Shira Kirsh, is a Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice at Alliance Speech & Hearing Center (Howell, N.J., 732-942-7220)-an affiliate of GSHBC. Dr. Kirsh has two beautiful children, Melanie and Joseph.