As seasoned experts in the hearing health industry, our staff has witnessed many changes in the hearing aid market. The most recent has been the addition of big box and online retailers. This expansion of the market has inadvertently caused confusion among consumers. We often speak with patients who feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to purchase new hearing aids. There are more choices than ever before, but how do you know what device will work for you? In order to find the best hearing aids, you first need to find a well-qualified provider. We’ve explained some of the key things to look for when researching hearing health experts.
Find a Patient-Focused Practice
When considering where to see a hearing aid doctor, it is important to consider the institution as a whole. Perhaps the largest discrepancy between the chain stores and private practices is the level of care. You want to be sure that your clinic has your best interests at heart. Private practices and audiology clinics are more equipped than a big box retailer to handle a spectrum of hearing-related concerns.
Understanding Hearing Technology
Inventory typically varies between dispensers. Before going in for a consultation, consider asking the front office staff which hearing devices they carry. If they carry several manufacturers, you are more likely to receive a device that treats your specific type of hearing loss. Some institutions, including chain stores, only carry a limited set of hearing aids. This allows them to purchase them in larger quantities for a discounted rate; however, you might be fit with a device that is “one size fits all.” Do some research on the latest advances in hearing technology. That way, you can ensure the device you get includes all the features you’ll require.
When you purchase your hearing devices, you may have the option to go with a bundled or unbundled plan. A bundled plan includes additional fittings, repair and other services that your devices may require built into the total cost of your device. Unbundled plans allow you to purchase the devices at a lower fee, but may not include the same follow-up care. If you’re a first-time hearing aid buyer, a bundled plan may give you more flexibility to adjust to your new devices. Talk with your provider about the payment options and other services they offer
When you find a hearing provider that understands your needs, you can ensure you are getting the best hearing aids. American Fork is fortunate to have experts in the hearing health industry. For advice on issues concerning hearing health, hearing protection and balance disorders, we welcome you to contact our staff at 801-763-0724.