I have a new patient. He came to me after purchasing hearing aids from a “Big Box Store”. He got the store brand hearing aids and has not done very well with them.
I think it is because they think that they are getting a bargain. When it comes to hearing aids and hearing healthcare, this is not true.
Store brand hearing aids are often manufactured by second-rate hearing aid companies. Today’s hearing aids are miniature computers that require years of research and development before they come to market. This requires a lot of capital. Small manufacturers just can’t compete. As a result, the computer chips that they are able to get are often from much older technology. My new patient’s hearing aids looked like hearing aids I fit 15 years ago.
After learning what this gentleman paid for his hearing aids, I discovered that the price was no bargain. I could have fit him with the latest technology for the same price. Additionally, the person helping my new patient was a hearing instrument specialist with six months of training.
So, just because you can get your toilet paper at a big box store for less, it doesn’t mean that you will get the same quality hearing aids or hearing healthcare there.
Susan E. Terry, Au.D.
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