3 Biggest Lies In The Hearing Aid Industry And Why They Should Make You Angry. Dr. Cliff Olson, Audiologist and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, discusses the Lies you need to look out for when buying hearing aids.
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There is not doubt that there are certain things in any industry that are said to encourage consumers to buy their products. The hearing aid industry is well known for unscrupulous dealers of hearing aids and there are some common lies that are told to get you to buy now.
Lie #1. “These hearing aids normally cost $12,000, but I can sell them to you for only $6,000.” First of all, nobody pays $12,000 for hearing aids and if you do, you just got ripped off. This is a tactic that clinics use to make you think you got a great deal. However, you can bet that a clinic like this is more concerned with SELLING hearing aids than TREATING Hearing Loss.
Lie #2. “Buying hearing aids online is the same thing as buying them in a clinic.” While these devices can be similar, the performance of these hearing aids will not be the same. For hearing aids to function to their maximum capabilities, they must be programmed and verified in a clinic. This is something that can’t be done over the phone or by email. Want to save money buy buying online? Go ahead. Just don’t let them convince you that you will benefit just as much as buying them in a clinic.
Lie #3. “Real Ear Measures are not required because hearing aids are WAY more advanced today.” To be fair, there is a possibility that your hearing care provider is not up to speed with research over the past 4 decades, but most often, they are lying to you. Real Ear Measurement (REM) continues to be the Gold Standard of hearing aid programming verification. Even the manufacturers of these “more advanced” hearing aids recommend that their devices be fit with REM. Want to learn more about Real Ear Measurement? Then watch my video here:
At the end of the day, there are a TON of great hearing care providers who don’t lie to their patients. You just have to make sure you see through the lies to find one.