- Medical Contraindications: While many hearing problems are just a result of the aging process or nerve damage, others can be real signs for medical concerns. Choosing to leave a qualified and trained hearing professional out of your better hearing journey can cause you to overlook medical signs of hearing loss. Ear wax impaction, ear infections, Otosclerosis, and Certain types of cancer can all be causes of hearing loss. It takes a trained professional to tell the difference and make sure that a hearing aid is right for you.
- Accurate Fitting: A qualified hearing professional will test your hearing through a regularly calibrated system to get an accurate picture of your hearing loss. Today’s advanced hearing aids can do amazing things, but to work best, they need to be programmed specifically for the user. OTC and Online hearing aids skip this approach in favor of a “One Size Fits All” approach. This doesn’t yield great results, no matter what their website or their box says.
- Coaching and Support: Correcting your hearing loss is a process, not an event! It takes time to learn to adjust to the sounds around you, and a trained hearing professional is the best way to ensure that you are approaching things in the right way. Hearing Aids are a great tool for getting back on the road to more effective communications, but the tool only works as well as you are equipped to use it. A licensed hearing professional is the best person to teach you to use the tool properly.
- Ongoing service: When something goes wrong, you want a quick solution. Mail order is not the fastest way to get you hearing again. A trained hearing professional can often have your instrument repaired in minutes. Shipping your hearing aid across the country and waiting for someone to mail it back doesn’t address this need effectively.
You get what you pay for, and you really don’t save much money buying online: Saving a little bit of money on a hearing aid that is improperly programmed and serviced in not a great value. As hearing professionals, we have name brand, tried and true products that can often come close in price to the OTC and online options out there, with friendly face to face service and expert fittings, and valuable advice included.