For years there have been websites selling inexpensive hearing aids, but today there are far more including those being sold by insurance companies. For those who may not otherwise be able to purchase hearing aids due to financial concerns, this may sound like a great opportunity. However, in order to protect yourself I strongly recommend that you consider this: Can a thorough hearing evaluation and ear exam to rule out medical concerns be done online? And, how can you get custom fit hearing instruments without accurate ear impressions for one’s hearing loss and lifestyle when no verification testing can be done in the office? There are other considerations that include providing the right size receiver wire and dome fit, for example, on open-ear style, a popular hearing aid often requested by patients in my practice.
These are just a few issues that raise a red flag when it comes to purchasing hearing aids online. What if your hearing aid needs repair? How easy is that going to be to send it in and have no back up loaner provided when needed? Wearing your hearing aids continuously is part of the rehabilitation process, so why disrupt that waiting on a repair when indeed most repairs can be done in our lab?
When working with The Hearing Professionals, we are trained to assess potential medical concerns of your ears, make appropriate medical referrals when necessary and properly fit hearing devices optimal performance is vitally important. Since my first office in 1996 and fitting literally thousands of patients, I can honestly say there is no substitute for personalized attention and care when it comes to fitting and maintaining your hearing aids.
Before you make a decision to purchase hearing aids over the internet, consult with one of us at The Hearing Professionals. Today there are leading hearing aid manufacturers who will work with us to provide high quality digital hearing technology at very economical prices when needed. We’ve always strived to provide what’s best for our patients without compromising professional services. Purchasing hearing aids online compromises that service and may very well cost you more in the long run.