With so many options out there how do you choose a hearing aid provider that is right for you? Here are 6 important considerations:
Look for board certified audiologists and hearing instrument specialists. Board certification means they are highly trained but more importantly they continue their training to make sure they are staying on top of the latest advancements in technology and care.
We’ve seen an alarming trend of hearing aid manufacturers owning their own chain of retail stores. In that scenario are your getting the best hearing aid for you or the one that has a sales quota that needs to be met? All patients are different: varying degrees of hearing loss, unique anatomy, everyday lifestyle and of course budget. All these factors must be weighed when recommending a hearing aid for a patient. While your brother may be wearing one make and model of hearing aid, it doesn’t mean that that is the best hearing solution for you. Another reason to look to an independent provider are advancements in technology. Not all brands have evolved at the same rate, by working with an independent provider you can be assured you are getting the most advanced technology available today.
Hearing aids require ongoing maintenance, batteries and frequent follow-up visits to make sure they are running at their best. Are you being shown a low price that excludes these important elements to hearing success? Are you going to be charged ridiculously high fees every time you visit? Make sure you ask what is included with every hearing aid purchase.
Will you have a chance to try the new technology before you commit? No risk trial periods allow you to adapt to your new hearings aids without an ongoing commitment.
If the offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. Some retail chains make crazy offers of free hearing aids or buy one get one free. The truth is there is no such thing. Just as our parents taught us, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Be wary of outlandish offers.
We’ve seen it all too often. A chain opens up, pays a low wage to a provider, floods the market with promotional offers (re-read #5), and before you know it they close their doors. If there is a high turnover of providers at a clinic that should be a warning signal that this organization won’t be around for the life of your hearing aid.
At American Hearing & Audiology, we’ve built our company around providing exceptional care for our patients. It all starts with hiring highly trained providers that share our vision of patient care. We’re fiercely independent so we can provide our patients the best hearing solutions to meet their hearing loss and lifestyle. Contact us to schedule an appointment.