WHY SHOULDN’T I GET A CHEAP HEARING AID?
Discount hearing aids purchased online or in warehouse retailers look mighty attractive to some customers - but these "discounts" can be costly in the long run.
One word: ServiceThe fact is, hearing aid vendors who sell at cut rates have fewer resources left over for service.
And as hearing aids become more high-tech and more complex, getting the right fitting and adjustments is often the difference between success and failure for the wearer.
A trained audiologist or dispenser usually has access to a wide variety of models and can help the user select the best one for his or her hearing loss. As with vision loss, no two individuals’ hearing losses are exactly the same.
Trained audiologists will also know about special products for tinnitus or single-sided deafness, and how to make products work together to make talking on the phone or hearing the television easier.
Don’t cut corners on fitting and adjustment Once the correct hearing aid has been chosen and arrives, a dedicated audiologist or dispenser can make sure the device fits properly, and show the wearer how to put it on, clean and maintain it.
The audiologist or dispenser will also help adjust the hearing aid’s multiple programs to provide the best fit for the user and his or her personal preferences or lifestyle.
These types of adjustments require a trained hand, since the advances in hearing aids in recent years have essentially made them wearable, micro-sized computers.
Cutting corners on fitting and adjustment can mean that a user won’t be taking advantage of all the perks the hearing aid can offer.
It can also mean the hearing aid will be uncomfortable, and worn less often.