There are more hearing aid types, manufacturers, and technologies today than ever before. Although this increases the number of choices you have as a consumer, and helps ensure that you will be able to find a hearing aid that exactly meets your needs, it can also make the purchasing process overwhelming.
If you’re confused about buying hearing aids, use these tips to find the right devices for you.
1. Find a Doctoral-Level Audiologist
A doctoral-level audiologist can perform a diagnostic hearing evaluation, which is the “blueprint” for your individual recommendations. Ninety percent of your success with hearing aids is related to the professional you work with. Our experienced audiologists are university-trained, doctoral-level professionals who follow well-researched and effective protocols.
2. Audiologists Can Give You Options
Work with a trusted audiologist who can give you options specific to your lifestyle and budget. Keep in mind that experience doesn’t have to be expensive. Your audiologist should be able to choose from a variety of hearing aids from a number of respected manufacturers. Franchise or “chain” stores often do not provide this flexibility for consumers.
3. Choose Your Technology Wisely
A hearing aid uses a tiny computer chip to process sound. More sophisticated computer chips have better sound processing, which results in improved satisfaction. Costs begin as low as $750 and up, depending on the level of technology.
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4. Steer Clear of Online Shops
You can purchase virtually everything you need online these days, including a hearing aid. However, that doesn’t mean you should. To get optimal hearing performance, your hearing aid must be fitted to meet your exact hearing requirements. Online off-the-shelf products will not be able to provide maximum performance and are not individually fit and programmed. Purchasing online devices may also void the manufacturer’s warranty.
5. Ask about an Assessment Period
Once you’ve narrowed down your hearing aid options, expect an assessment period as a part of your purchasing decision. You should be able to assess the performance of your device to ensure that it meets your needs. An assessment period helps make sure you are fully satisfied. Associated Audiologists offers a no-obligation 45-day assessment on ALL digital hearing aids. PLUS, we use advanced technology to verify your new hearing aids. This ensures your hearing aids are programmed just for you.
6. Beware of Misleading Marketing Tactics
It may be tempting to purchase a hearing aid based on advertisements for special discount plans or “field trials,” but you should be wary of these deals. These “field trials” are typically based on inflated suggested retail prices. In addition, “field trials” happen long before hearing aids come on the market and can be purchased by consumers. Don’t fall for this tactic.