Hearing Aid Buying Guide

If you have never purchased hearing aids before, there are some important steps you should know. Learn what you need to know when buying hearing aids in Canada in our Complete Hearing Aid Buying Guide.

Our Hearing Aid Buying Guide

Buying hearing aids can seem like a complicated process if you haven’t experienced it before. It isn’t as simple as walking into a store and picking out a hearing aid to buy on the spot. You need to go through four steps before your hearing aid purchase is finalized. 


There are also several different brands, models, styles, and levels of technology that you can choose from. It can be a bit overwhelming seeing all the choices without knowing what the differences are.


Finally, when you get to the point where you are ready to buy your hearing aids, there are also different payment or funding options you should know. These payment options vary depending on where you live in Canada and the programs available through your province.


We wrote this complete hearing aid buying guide to help you better understand the process.

How to Buy Hearing Aids with Confidence

When you decide you want to buy hearing aids to help with your hearing loss, there are four steps you will go through. This process is similar for all hearing aid clinics across Canada, though there may be some slight differences within each step.


Here is a quick outline for each step for buying hearing aids, starting when you first contact a clinic.

If you have any questions about the process, or if you want to book your first consultation at our nearest clinic, you can fill out the form to request an appointment.


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Step One: Taking a Hearing Test

The first thing every hearing clinic will have you do is take a hearing test. This is a very important step that cannot be skipped because it determines the kind of hearing devices you will need. It will also help determine if your hearing loss is severe enough to require hearing aids in the first place. 


Your hearing test will allow your hearing aids to be fine-tuned to the specific frequencies you have lost the ability to hear clearly. It is like needing an eye exam so your prescription glasses will actually let you see everything clearly. This is the difference between a generic hearing amplification device and hearing aids.

Step Two: Product Discussion

After your hearing test, your clinician will go over the results and have a product discussion with you. This is where you will be told all the different options to consider, including:

  • Hearing aid brands

  • Hearing aid models

  • Hearing aid styles

  • Levels of technology

Your clinician will also make some suggestions that they think will work best for your needs. This will help narrow your choices from a seemingly overwhelming amount to a few. At this point you can try select hearing aids for one week for free, or make a purchase.

Step Three: Making a Purchase

This is the step where you make your initial purchase. You can order the hearing aids you want, plus any accessories. When it comes time to pay for the hearing aids, there are some options you should know about:

For some of these, you can combine two options together. There are also third-party programs that will cover the entire cost of the hearing devices if you are eligible. You can then either pay out of pocket or use financing.
Step Four: 60 Day Money Back Guarantee Program

After you purchase the hearing aids, the process is not quite complete. When you purchase hearing devices in Canada, most clinics will offer some kind of return guarantee. At HearCANADA, we offer a 60 day return guarantee. That means you can return your hearing aids to us within 60 days of purchasing them to get your money back.

This helps you be more secure with the financial investment, in case you aren’t satisfied that the hearing devices are right for you. It’s extra peace of mind, so you can try the hearing aids for an extended period.

Request a Hearing Aid Consultation for More Information

When you just start out looking into getting hearing aids, it can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The four-step process mentioned above exists to help make your decision easier. 


Getting a hearing test confirms if you need hearing aids at all. It also helps you narrow down the type of hearing devices that will help you the most. The product discussion with a clinician helps narrow that list down even more with their recommendations. Lastly, the 60 day return guarantee helps you purchase hearing aids with confidence.


In the end, it is not a decision you have to rush. You can take time to research all the different hearing aid brands, models, and styles to learn more about them. You can talk with your clinician in depth to learn more about how they work, and why some would work well for you and others might not.

You can also come into the clinic to try on the latest hearing aids. You can see them, touch them, and wear them to see how they look and feel in your ears. You can also arrange with the clinic to take them home with you, so you can try them in your daily life. You can try them up to one week for free, with no cost or obligation. Then, if you do purchase them, you also have the 60 day money back guarantee so you have more time to make sure they are right for you.

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