Hearing Loss - How to Shop for Hearing Aids
DO look for an Audiologist who deals with several manufacturers for better variety.
DO check Audiologist’s credentials.
DO ask what the cost includes. Most audiology clinics bundle the aids, a certain number of follow-up visits and other costs into a single fee.
DO ask how the device will be serviced. Best is on-site service, but if an aid must be sent away, find out if you’ll be provided a loaner aid. Ask how much service typically costs for a device that’s out of warranty.
DO ask if you’re entitled to a 30 day trial period.
DO ask the Audiologist to explain specific differences in the quality of hearing aids in all price ranges.
DO consider a loss-insurance policy.
DO look into financial options.
DON’T buy hearing aids by mail or the Internet from makers who claim you don’t need direct contact with an Audiologist (Hearing Health Care Professional).
DON’T take two-for-one sales at face value. The first aid may cost more than two comparable aids.
DON’T buy an extended warranty up front. After an out-of-warranty repair, the manufacturer will provide a new warranty — typically for 12 months.