Buying a hearing aid on the internet or through the mail is risky.

You are not just “buying” a hearing aid – you are getting professional health care and rehabilitation.

A hearing aid is a medical device that is part of a comprehensive treatment plan for persons suffering from hearing loss. Beware of “discounted” personal sound amplifiers (PSAP’s) and sound enhancers, like those shown in the Sunday paper and on TV. These devices are not hearing aids; meaning they are not intended to treat hearing loss and are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also, purchasing hearing aids by mail, over the phone and on the internet is risky and not in your best health interest, even if it is from your insurance company or a doctor’s office.
It is important to see an Audiologist for a comprehensive auditory (hearing) evaluation to properly diagnose your hearing loss and determine if there are any medical conditions that require treatment prior to using a hearing aid. Not all hearing aids are right for every type of hearing loss and you should consider your Audiologist’s expertise when you are selecting an instrument. Hearing aid programming, real-ear amplification measurements and rehabilitation are also necessary components of the treatment process. Only an Audiologist can provide appropriate treatment of hearing loss and ensure you are receiving the full benefit from your hearing aids as well as make certain your amplification levels will not further damage your hearing.
How costly are hearing aids?
Hearing aids vary in price according to the style, technology (sophistication), features, and other factors. The purchase of a hearing aid may include the professional consultation, hearing aid selection, instrument programming, and office visits for follow up hearing aid adjustments and rehabilitation services. The price of a hearing aid is an important factor, but should only be one consideration. If treating your hearing loss is important to you and your family you should consult with a licensed Audiologist who can provide you with the best possible health care.