When choosing a hearing aid we recommend you follow these steps when embarking on your rehabilitating your hearing loss:
- Make sure you have your hearing tested in person at a hearing clinic. Don’t accept online tests or tests in shopping centres as a reasonable result to decide on rehabilitation options.
- Attend in person at an independent audiology clinic where they will provide you with an
unbiased device recommendation based on clinical assessment. Clinics who are members of Independent Audiology Australia abide to a strict code of conduct and ethics that include transparency of information.
- Ensure the brand recommended is a well-known brand:
- the big six hearing aid manufacturers in the industry spend millions of dollars annually in R&D in America and Europe to produce a final product that provides the latest technology available in the industry. Their know how is over 70 years of age. Unknown brands are likely to be a headache as you’ll end up having to spend twice.
- the brand you end up purchasing is well known, therefore able to be serviced nationally and
internationally in case you go travelling or move interstate. If the devices you buy are only serviced by the seller, this is a red flag: there is a reason for that and is most likely to do with the quality of the product
- the devices have national 37 months warranty and 12 months international warranty.
- Don’t be fooled by a “top of the range” pitch. An unknown brand at the top of the range is not equivalent to world class top of the ranges devices. Paying less for a unknown top of the range is a lot more than getting lower range from a well-known brand.
- We strongly warn against purchasing hearing aids online: you will not receive the support you
need in order to maximise the effectiveness of your hearing aids. Hearing aids bought online
can also have much shorter warranties – often one year instead of three years. Their software can also be incompatible with Australian hearing aids, which means having them adjusted and returned can be very difficult and expensive. Hearing aids are precision instruments, and if they are set incorrectly it will seriously reduce their effectiveness. All major hearing aid manufacturers only authorise the sale of their aids through hearing clinics because they know the importance of ongoing support and treatments. Be aware that there are risks involved in buying hearing aids online.
- When you are choosing a hearing aid remember the ultimate goal is better hearing, and this is
not just dependent on the hearing aid you choose, but also the support you receive before and
after your fitting. Find an audiologist you trust with a proven record of successfully treating hearing loss.
- Choosing a hearing aid is not only about the device: hearing aids come with services and which greatly vary, depending on the clinic providing them. Your audiologist should have the expertise
to adjust the device to your needs. The best way to ensure that happens is to try before you buy.
The Hearing Club is a member of Independent Audiology Australia and pride ourselves on offering professional audiology services to the Central Victorian region. Contact us today on 1800-627-728.