Basics for the Informed Consumer
Hearing aid technology has changed greatly over the past 25 years, and most dramatically in the past 5 to 6 years with the introduction of digital technology. However, hearing aids are still only amplifiers and even the most expensive, "high tech" devices will not restore normal hearing. Often it is difficult for the consumer to wade through all the information available and make an informed decision. As with other medical and health concerns, often there are several options that might produce the desired outcome rather than one clear choice.
We want to help you make an educated decision about purchasing hearing aids. The complexity of options and need for adjustments requires ongoing interaction between a customer and a professional.
We carry many different brands and styles. We will help you decide what the best solution is for your hearing loss, budget, features needed and dexterity.
The following basic information is in effort to clarify the available hearing aid products, without advocating or recommending any of them.
Most manufacturers of hearing aids produce a variety of styles and sizes. Some technology may be limited to a certain style or size.
Important Things to Remember in Your Decision Process:
- The best hearing aid is the one that fits your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget -- and most importantly, the one that you will wear.
- Have confidence in your provider -- if you don't, go somewhere else.
- A good attitude, motivation, and willingness to follow the instructions your provider gives you are essential to success with hearing aids.
- Have reasonable expectations -- no hearing aid, no matter how fancy or expensive will restore hearing to "normal."
Hearing Aids for Sale on the Internet
Buying hearing aids on the Internet can sometimes save you several hundred dollars. But these savings can come at a cost.
- To work effectively, hearing aids must fit properly. If a mail-order/internet sale doesn't involve personal contact with a licensed dispenser, it's difficult for you to benefit from a proper fitting. Hearing aids are custom fitted to the ear to account for ear canal size and shape, and are custom programmed for the persons hearing loss and lifestyle needs.
- Follow-up evaluations are important to ensure the hearing aid is working appropriately and meeting your needs,which is difficult to accomplish on a web site. Professional follow-up is very important because a poorly adjusted hearing aid can be uncomfortable or even damage the ear.
- It may be difficult to get a refund from an out-of-state seller.
- Buying a hearing instrument online can bypass the medical clearance required by the Food and Drug Administration.
- You will be seen by a certified audiologist with years of experience
- We do not upsell or use hard-sell tactics.
- We're here to help you, not just sell hearing aids. We will be honest about what you can expect from hearing aids.
Periodic checks of your hearing aids is a good idea.
Hearing aid buying guides:
CHSL - Overview of hearing loss and hearing aid types.
Better Hearing Institute -This guide explains the entire hearing aid journey as you take your first steps in the purchase of appropriate amplification.
AARP - Buying a Hearing Aid
NY Times article - Buying a Hearing Aid? You’ve Got a Lot to Learn