In a world where you can purchase just about anything over the internet, consumers are scouring the web for the best deals and insights into products. Although this may be a great way to shop for books or clothing, hearing aids are something that should be bought with caution over the web.
In a recent Healthy Hearing article called “Hearing Aids on the Web: Click with Caution,” they discuss the problems and possible dangers of purchasing online. “Although you may save a few hundred bucks you may be sacrificing listening experience, wearing satisfaction and hearing safety,” says the June 8th news article. “In fact the money you saved by going online will more than likely end up being spent (and then some) when you are in need of reprogramming and follow up with a hearing professional in order to get satisfaction from your aids.”
The article also warns that many of the leading hearing aid manufacturers do not sell their products to Internet retailers and have placed warnings to consumers to purchase hearing aids directly and only from qualified and trained hearing professionals.
So why is face-to-face purchasing so important? The Healthy Hearing staff pulled together a list of the top reasons why you should go to a qualified hearing professional:
- A hearing professional will evaluate your hearing loss and determine the best hearing aids for your unique needs.
- Digital hearing aids are programmed and adjusted by trained professionals.
- You must have a proper fit in order to ensure healthy hearing and comfort.
- Audiologists provide after purchase care and follow-up.
- Providers have a trial period that allows for returns and guarantees.
- The benefits and ability to talk to a trained professional is well worth the money!