How Hearing Aids Differ – Pt. 1

Q.  I have been shopping for hearing aids since the beginning of the year.  I have checked out Sam’s, WalMart, CVS, Austin Regional Clinic, some local hearing aid centers, and Costco.  Prices and options vary.  How do you recommend I make a choice for hearing aids?

A.  Yes, prices and options will vary widely among those various providers.  I am biased and encourage my patients to use the best hearing aids available, which I support with extensive coaching and dutiful, hands-on care and maintenance.

  You might make your choice based on the proximity to your provider.  Price can be the major determinant for some.  Service and care make a large impact on many people’s selection.  The quality of hearing is often a key factor.  Hearing aid features, comfort, ‘style’, along with ease of use and maintenance are certainly other elements in the decision for many people.

  When you purchase a hearing aid, Texas law provides you with a 30-day return period.  Try some.  If you are not satisfied, return them within 30 days.  If you are satisfied with how the aids function and sound, the way they fit and feel, and the service and care from the provider, make a purchase and enjoy hearing better.

  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.