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Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Five Things to Know Before Buying Hearing Aids

What to know before you buy a hearing aid like this one.

Today there are many options for purchasing hearing aids, including online and in shopping stores. Confusion about the individualized nature of this important health technology and the necessity of having hearing aids fitted for the individual is causing a lot of confusion and unhappy customers. Here are five things to consider before buying hearing aids.

Health: Hearing loss is a medical condition that can have more than one cause and may actually be a symptom of another health issue. People who treat their hearing loss without seeing an audiologist to determine the underlying causes could harm their long-term health.

Treatment: There is no one size fits all solution for hearing loss. Determining treatment when buying online or at a store bent on selling hearing aids could cost patients money and grief when a professional audiologist might have recommended other treatment options.

Fittings: Though there are similar types of hearing loss, each person hears in specific ways. An audiologist not only has specialized training, but has the sophisticated equipment to make precise adjustments needed for comfort and optimal hearing.

Time: Frustration with ill-fitting hearing aids, inadequate testing, returns, damaged equipment, counterfeit hearing aids, and foreign Internet sites can cost time and cause frustration for patients.

Selection: Consumers are losing out when purchasing online or at retail stores, because they have limited choices in hearing aids or their hearing aid warranties are not covered by manufacturers.

Buying hearing aids is an important part of hearing health. Making a mistake when it comes to where you purchase could cost you more than just time and frustration. Hearing aids that aren't fitted correctly could cause discomfort and may end up being an expensive item in a junk drawer. It has been shown that hearing aids that are properly fitted through repeated adjustments made by an audiologist are more likely to be used and appreciated by patients.

If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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