Do Hearing Aid Reviews Matter?
Each month, there are close to 50,000 Google searches for some variation of the term “hearing aid reviews.” Clearly, a lot of people are interested in reading about particular hearing aids (and their associated user reviews) before purchasing them. But just how useful are hearing aid reviews?
Like many other electronic devices, someone who is not familiar with hearing aids might think that hearing aid reviews would be incredibly useful. Personally whenever I buy a new device, be it a TV, computer, phone, etc., I read dozens of reviews and glean a ton of useful information. Shouldn’t the same hold true for hearing aids?
The answer is both “Yes” and “No”, and in the video below I’ll provide a bit more insight
Why hearing aid reviews don’t really matter
First of all, hearing aids are an incredibly personal device. The style of hearing aid, its “add-on” accessories, its programs, features, and much more, is all tailored to the wearer’s specific hearing loss, lifestyle, and more. To make things more complicated, no two people have the exact same hearing loss. Adding another variable, is the skill-set of the provider fitting the hearing aid. What if it’s actually a great hearing aid, but it’s reviewed poorly because the hearing provider didn’t do a good job fitting the hearing aid? Does that mean that the hearing aid is “1 star” hearing aid and you shouldn’t but it? Probably not.
You can probably now see where the problem with hearing aid reviews lies. How can one person’s review of a device that is completely customized for their hearing loss help another person decide if that same device would work for them? The truth is, in most cases, it really can’t.
Why hearing aid reviews do matter
But don’t write off hearing aid reviews just yet, because they can be useful. If what you’re looking for in a review is confirmation of whether a hearing aid will sound good to you or not, you will probably not find what you are looking for. There are however, a few things about hearing aids that can very easily be objectively reviewed, i.e, frequency of repairs, functionality of bluetooth devices, claims of “water-resistance,” etc. So in moving away from sound quality, and focusing on some of the more objective qualities of hearing aids such as usability and durability, they certainly can be reviewed and compared.
It’s important to remember that all hearing aids sound different, and they all perform differently, and for more reasons than I have time to discuss in this one post. If what you are looking for is reviews to ensure that you will have success with your hearing instruments, your time would be better spent looking for hearing provider reviews. The truth is, the technology doesn’t vary too much between each manufacturer, but the skill-levels and personalities of hearing providers varies greatly- so your time may be better spent reading hearing provider reviews, rather than hearing aid reviews.