Two of the biggest misconceptions that people have about hearing aids is that they are all the same and that you should search for the best bargain you can find. These misconceptions are dangerous because they can guide you to devices that are cheaply made, poorly fit and less effective.
Even with a smaller budget, you can still afford reliable hearing aids—it is possible! Rather than letting misinformation discourage you, take the advice of a professional. My name is Dr. Joan McCormack, Audiologist and founder of Atlantic Hearing Care. Here are my tips for saving money and getting the best value on hearing aids.
1. Buy from a Trusted Source
Many patients have come to our office disappointed by a device they purchased from a large retailer or from a discounted service their insurance provided. Many times, patients do not familiarize themselves with the seller, and this leads them to trust products that may not be best for them.
For you to have success with your purchase, first learn about the company and the people who will be fitting you. At Atlantic Hearing Care we take the time to get to know your individual needs, lifestyle and budget. We will review results of the hearing evaluation and discuss options for hearing aids if you are a candidate.
You want to work with an audiologist that you and others trust—one who will focus on your needs rather than on making a sale. The last thing I want for you or your loved one is to purchase a hearing aid that is a waste of money. We offer in-office demonstration and a free two week trial so you can see how helpful hearing aids will be at home, socially and at work. Our patient surveys show that 95% of patients would recommend us to family and friends.
“Don’t buy off the TV or the internet,” says Laurel Christensen, chief audiology officer at GN Hearing, a hearing aid manufacturer. “This is a health issue, and you do need to see a professional.”
2. Maximize Your Benefits
You wouldn’t believe how many people have hearing aid benefits and don’t know about them. At Atlantic Hearing Care we have a dedicated team of experts who will help you know and understand your benefits. We are able to direct bill most insurance. Just give us a call!
3. Financing Options
Not all insurance plans or providers offer hearing aid insurance, but if you have any Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Account dollars set aside with your employer, we can help you use them efficiently. We also offer 12 months no-interest financing through care credit as well as low monthly payment lease options. We do our best to find a solution for everyone! Our non-profit affiliate, the North Shore Hearing Foundation, provides hearing aids for a small co-pay to those who qualify based on low income. We believe that no one should have to go without hearing help!
4. Actively Care for Your Ears
Any audiologist will tell you that the best way to save money on hearing aids is to stay vigilant about your hearing health. Many people have noise-induced hearing loss and do not realize it because it develops slowly over time. Many of my patients’ hearing loss began at a frequency where they could still hear some speech sounds. Because of this, they might not have had difficulty understanding conversations at first. However, as exposure to noise continued over the years, their hearing worsened, severely lessening their ability to understand speech.
A hearing evaluation is usually covered by your medical insurance. Evaluation helps us to catch hearing problems early and helps you to understand why you may be having trouble and what your options are.
Is it time for your next hearing test? Call us at 781-581-1500 to set up an appointment. We can’t wait to help you!