Buying a Hearing Aid: Part 1 of 3
Discovering that you have a hearing loss can be devastating. On top of that, navigating the maze of options available to you is time consuming, requires a great deal of specialized knowledge, and is just flat-out confusing. However, when it comes to buying hearing aids, a bit of due diligence can go a long way in terms of cost savings and overall satisfaction with your purchase.
In this 3-part series, we’re going to walk you through the ins-and-outs of choosing a reputable hearing aid, making sure you’re paying a competitive price, and finding a hearing provider near you.
At any given time there are thousands of different hearing aids on the market. The prices, features, and quality of these hearing aids vary greatly; so how does one know where to start?
Well, here’s a good starting point. To get you started on the right foot, we created this list of the most popular hearing aids on the market. You’ll want to keep that page open as you read this 3-part series; we’re going to reference it quite a bit.
How did the hearing aids on that list make the cut? Here’s what they all have in common:
- They are built by the biggest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. This is important, because the biggest manufacturers have the most resources to dedicate to research and development, and thus, the most cutting-edge technology. In addition, these large manufacturers have huge distribution networks, which means there will almost always be a distributor near you (maybe several) to provide local support for their products.
- They are recommended by a lot of hearing providers and patients. Running this website and servicing patients nationwide, we’re in a great position to hear what is recommended every day by hearing providers. We are then able to follow up with patients after their fittings and get their opinions on the hearing aid they’re fit with. If a hearing aid is widely recommended by providers or patients, it catches our attention and is added to this list. Alternatively, if we start hearing a lot of bad reviews about a particular hearing aid, or providers stop recommending it for some reason, the hearing aid is removed from our list.
- They are the latest hearing aids released by their respected manufacturers to serve the hearing loss they are built for. For instance, if Manufacturer A has two different product lines that serve mild hearing loss, the newer line is the one that we’ll show on our list, as this represents the manufacturer’s best technology. This is important, because people often unwittingly buy outdated technology. Hearing aids are expensive and the technology is changing quickly, so you want to be sure that whatever brand you buy, you’re buying the latest product line (and newest technology) available from that brand. Note that in some cases, our list may show products which are not the newest technology available, because they either offer something unique that the newer product line does not, or we feel it’s an excellent value hearing aid.
- The bottom line: When you purchase one of the hearing aids on our list, you can be assured of 3 things:
- It’s a name brand, well-respected hearing aid.
- It’s recommended by a lot of hearing providers and patients.
- It’s a newer hearing aid with state-of-the-art technology.
Now that you’ve got a starting point for finding a good hearing aid, it’s time to decide which of these hearing aids will be best for your lifestyle, budget, cosmetic preferences, and more. In Part 2 of this series, we’ll help you do just that.
If you haven’t already opened our list of most popular hearing aids in a new window, please do that now; you’re going to need it for Part 2.