Decide the time is right to get a hearing aid? These devices can be truly life changing.
That said, it pays to be careful when you start shopping for one. And it pays to do your homework. Consulting with your doctor and/or a hearing aid expert is a good first step. But it’s not enough.
We also recommend doing a lot of your own research. Thankfully, research is made a whole lot easier these days because of the unlimited resources available on the Internet.
When doing your research, you definitely want to learn about the pricing and features of various hearing aids. But you also want to watch out for the common mistakes people make when buying hearing aids. In this article, we’ll share 3 of the most common mistakes to avoid making.
Mail Order Hearing Aids
Many people jump on “hearing aid sales” they find on the internet. These offers can be quite tempting. After all, who wouldn’t want to save a bunch of money, right?! However, you need to be careful of these offers. Especially the mail order deals that seem too good to be true.
Why, you ask? Well, because hearing aids are not a one-size-fits-all item. What works for some may not work for others.
In the past, that may have been the case. But with today’s advanced medical technology, it just doesn’t work like that. Hearing aid technology is better and there are hearing aids that are tailored to specific situations and people.
When buying mail order hearing aids, you’ll be hard pressed to get the exact kind of equipment you need or the features you require. These are things you can only get by visiting a professional. It may cost a bit more, but it’s worth it to make sure you get exactly what you need.
Short Trial Periods
If you’ve been shopping for hearing aids already, you might know there are some sales people who offer you a “trial period.” Now this may sound like a tempting offer, but we highly advise you be skeptical.
No matter how amazing the trial offer may sound, you shouldn’t settle for just a short trial period. These are simply not worth your time. Trial periods that only last for hours, days, or even a week shouldn’t be something you consider. Short trial periods could mean that the sales person is pushing an outdated model onto you just for the sake of getting a sale or getting rid of old inventory.
Initially, the only trial period offer you should entertain should last for about a month (if not more). During your trial period, put your hearing aid to the test!. Wear it often. Adjust it every now and then to experience a wide range of sounds.
Be sure to try each and every feature offered, too. This will give you a great idea of how the hearing aid will be like in everyday situations. You can only experience these in long trial periods.
Do Not Accept Features You Don’t Need
Marketers will try and sell you high-end hearing aids with just about every feature imaginable. While that may sound great on paper, you also need to think about what hearing aids cost. We all know that you don’t really need all of those features unless your doctor tells you otherwise. So, when you’re purchasing a hearing aid, be practical and do not be afraid to say no to features you don’t need.