Finding an affordable hearing aid can be tough and there are a large number of retailers selling different devices. There is no recommended retail price for hearing aids so talking to a trusted Audiologist can be very helpful. It should be possible to find products to fit most budgets.
Below are some of the things you should consider when looking for an affordable hearing aid:
Know what you need
It is important to know what you need in a hearing aid.
You can determine the right hearing aid by visiting an Audiologist. They can diagnose your hearing condition to check its severity and discuss your lifestyle and communication needs to match the right product to your lifestyle. Your audiologist will work with you to find the best solution for your communication needs, and budget.
Why Face To Face Fitting?
There are substantial risks of purchasing hearing aids without clinical support – which is why a face to face fitting is crucial.
A face to face fitting with a qualified audiologist will likely optimise a hearing aid’s effectiveness. This is due to the substantial risks involved in purchasing hearing aids outside of a clinically-supported process, such as purchasing from online outlets.
Hearing aids which have been purchased online may:
- Not be the product that you ordered or contain genuine parts;
- Not be able to be programmed or serviced in Australia;
- Come with a warranty which will not be honoured by the manufacturer;
- Result in greater cost to the client due to the extra fitting, adjustment and repair costs required; and
- Not include adequate post-sales support.
Furthermore, a face to face fitting with a qualified audiologist will ensure critical long-term support, adjustments and maintenance.
This information is corroborated by the Audiological Society of Australia (Audiology Australia). Audiology Australia strongly advises clients contemplating the purchase of hearing aids without clinical support to consider the various associated risks in doing so. It also recommends collaboration with an audiologist to deliver the best outcomes for hearing rehabilitation. Please refer to the following fact sheet published by Audiology Australia for further information
There is a difference between an affordable hearing aid and a cheap hearing aid. Affordable does not have to mean compromise in terms of warranty, after-sales service and ongoing support from the audiologist. Check what is included in the price. Is the clinic independent (allowing the Audiologist to choose hearing aids from any manufacturer) or owned by a hearing aid manufacturer? Cheap may mean no after-sales services, and you may have to pay for ongoing appointments and repairs and possibly older technology.
Looking for affordable, effective hearing aids? A good place to start is at Affordable Hearing & Tinnitus Relief. Their team of specialists can help you find a suitable hearing device you can afford. Have a representative help you today by calling 1300 658 742.