Question about hearing aids for Mom
What is the process for getting hearing aids? Once they're sized (or whatever?) and ordered, can they be returned if they don't meet your expectations? I haven't got a clue, but I need to discuss this with my mom.
Mom is getting to a point where she has trouble hearing things but won't admit that there's any problem (probably because she doesn't know how much she's actually missing). She doesn't hear some things unless she's looking right at the person who is speaking, often times, and I find myself repeating sentences to her. She phoned me today and spent much of the time telling me that she needs to adjust the phone volume or something because she couldn't make out much of what I was saying.
My brother and I discussed this and he brought it up to mom after some very obvious instances of her NOT hearing family members in different situations. She said that she'd had her hearing checked during her routine physical and the doctor didn't say there was a problem.
So how does the process work -- could she go to the doctor so they can do a more thorough exam and then "build" and fit the correct hearing aids? Or do they just have a supply of various strengths and she could try them there? If she tries them and hates them, then what? I just want to gently encourage her to try some to see what she's been missing!
Please note that during (completely unrelated) conversations about elderly folks needing to live in assisted living homes or nursing homes, mom has volunteered the information that the only way she's leaving her house is on a stretcher. She said it jokingly, but she was being honest, I believe. Just a little insight for you all....
As always, thank you in advance for your wisdom and the willingness to share it!