Q. I have heard the super expensive hearing aids aren’t really any different than the cheap ones I see in magazines, online, and on TV. Is that true?
A. There are a multitude of differences between the hearing products available through TV promos, online sites, and magazine ads and the hearing aids provided at on-site hearing centers.
True hearing aids are customed adapted to each patient. They are not one-size-fits-all. A hearing center will take steps to fit each hearing aid comfortable and securely while also programming the hearing aids for each ear’s specific hearing loss. These steps are taken after they have conducted a thorough ear check-up, ear cleaning, and hearing test.
Hearing products ordered through a magazine, from a website or over the phone do not come with a ear check-up or a hearing test or any personalized programming. These products make sounds louder, but they do not focus on your specific hearing loss.
A professional hearing center also provides hands-on coaching, care, maintenance, and adjustments as your hearing loss changes.
Overall, the difference in the costs is matched by the difference in how well the different products work. You get what you pay for, and you don’t get what you don’t pay for.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.