Buying a Hearing Aid: Part 3 of 3
If you haven’t done so already, please read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this post. Once you’ve settled on a few hearing aids you’re interested in, it’s time to find a competitive price and a place to buy them. In this post, we’re going to show you how to do just that.
Step 1: Understand your options
There are a few ways to go about finding a hearing provider and buying hearing aids. As a consumer, it’s important to understand the options that are available to you as you consider this substantial investment.
- Option 1: Purchase hearing aids directly from a local hearing provider.
Traditionally, this has been the most popular way to purchase hearing aids. Whether it’s on the recommendation of a friend, physician, or response to an advertisement, many people contact a local hearing provider directly about purchasing hearing aids. This is still a very popular, easy way to buy hearing aids. The downside to this option is that more than likely, you will pay the full retail price of the hearing aid.
- Option 2: Purchase hearing aids from an online discount network.
For consumers that demand transparency, cost-savings, and like to play a leading role in their healthcare decisions, this option is becoming more popular. Online discount networks purchase hearing aids in bulk from the manufacturers and then resell them to consumers for below retail prices. The discount network will also pair you with an affiliated hearing provider in your community who will provide all the testing and fitting services required, and the discount network then pays their affiliated provider for these services.
For many savvy internet shoppers, option 2 is the obvious choice, as it allows you to buy hearing aids at deeply discounted prices, yet still receive personal care from a local provider.
Step 2: Find a discount network provider in your community
Before you commit to purchasing hearing aids through a discount network, you’ll need to make sure there is an affiliated hearing provider in your community who can provide all the testing and fitting services for the hearing aids you purchase. To do so, simply follow the guide below.
Step 3: Call us to find out who your local ZipHearing provider is
Chances are, your search results indicated that there is a ZipHearing provider near you. There may even be several ZipHearing providers in your community. Your next step is to call us and get their contact information. We’ll help figure out which provider is going to be the best fit for you, based on the hearing aid you’re looking for and previous patient reviews we’ve received on the provider. Once we’ve found the best fit for you, we’ll give you their contact information so you can call them directly to book a consultation and hearing test (if necessary).
Step 4: Start a 45 day, 100% risk-free evaluation
If the results of your hearing test show that you can be helped by hearing aids, your ZipHearing provider will help you facilitate your hearing aid order with us so you can start your 45 day 100% risk-free evaluation. During your evaluation period, it’s a good idea to have a few follow-up appointments with your hearing provider. At these appointments, your provider will make sure the hearing aids are fitting correctly, adjusted correctly, and of course, that you’re able to hear better! At anytime during your trial period, you can return your hearing aids for a 100% refund if you’re not satisfied.
Step 5: Visit your hearing provider for ongoing care
Hearing aids require a good amount of ongoing maintenance. As your hearing loss changes they will need to be reprogrammed, parts will need to be replaced throughout their lifespan, and you’ll want to get them deep-cleaned every once in a while. As the years go by, your local ZipHearing provider will be there to service for your hearing aids.
Step 6: Come back here and review your hearing aids, plus, earn another year of free batteries!
After you’re fitted with your new hearing aids, please come back to our website, find your hearing aid here, and write a review. Your review will help countless individuals who are considering purchasing hearing aids. Then, be sure and share this 3-Part series with any of your friends or family members who are struggling with hearing loss. When they call us to find out who their local ZipHearing provider is, tell them to mention your name and we’ll mail you a 1 year supply of hearing aid batteries- free!
That’s all there is to it!
By following the advice we’ve provided in this 3-Part series, your odds of finding a great hearing aid, at a very competitive price, from a reputable provider, are greatly improved. For more information about purchasing hearing aids through the ZipHearing network, please check out these frequently asked questions, or free free to call us at 800-731-6794. We assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure you have a great experience when working with your local ZipHearing provider, and our reputation speaks for itself!