Today’s hearing fact highlights why the best place to buy hearing aids is in person from a hearing professional. It’s from a 2019 Washington Post article, which notes research showing that hearing aid wearers are more likely to be satisfied if they receive hearing care services.
Hearing care services are almost always bundled in with the cost of hearing aids when you buy them from a hearing health professional, like an audiologist or an audiometrist. Not so, usually, when you buy them online, or with new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids as and when they become available.
That’s because hearing health professionals know that getting used to wearing hearing aids takes time, practice and one or more adjustments to get them fine-tuned to your specific hearing needs. The services that hearing professionals provide are crucial to getting the most out of hearing aids.
Cheaper hearing aids don't usually come with hearing care services
Cheaper hearing aids typically eliminate those services — which is one reason why they’re cheaper, but also a big reason why people who buy them are less happy and satisfied. Ironically, hearing care services are needed even more with cheaper hearing aids, because they haven’t been fit as carefully or specifically as hearing aids that have been fitted — in person — by a hearing health professional.
There’s no disputing the fact that hearing aids are a major investment no matter where you get them. Be sure you’re satisfied with that investment by ensuring you get the services that should come with it. You will when you buy hearing aids from a hearing professional.
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