Newpapers are littered with full-page ads regarding hearing aids. Many patients come in wondering why these ads claim great hearing aids and technology at such low prices, when they have paid more or are considering paying more for their current hearing aids.
So, do $499 hearing aids work? The answer isn’t as easy as it seems! Just like with anything else, there will be trade-offs with a lower priced hearing aid. First, it’s always important to read the fine print! Most of the time, under the price of the hearing aid or at the bottom of the ad, you will see a note that states ‘fits hearing loss up to 40 dB.’ The average consumer does not know what this statement means and arrives to their visit expecting a lower priced hearing aid. 40 dB is a relatively mild hearing loss, and most individuals wearing hearing aids far surpass this cutoff. This means when you arrive to your appointment, the provider will disclose thatyour hearing does not qualify for that hearing aid and attempt to sell you something much more expensive to ‘fit your hearing loss.’ This process is a bait and switch tactic. Sellers advertise low prices but have no intention to sell those products.
At Gardner Audiology, we strive to provide options to fit any budget. Our goal is to help as many people hear as possible. We do have lower cost options for hearing aids, that are slightly older technology and a more entry-level device. We are very upfront that these devices have limitations but can provide patients with financial concerns a higher quality of life without breaking the bank. Not to mention, these hearing aids can fit almost any loss, and are not just limited to those with a very mild hearing loss.
Do you have more questions about lower cost hearing aid options? Please contact Gardner Audiology at 1-800-277-1182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a free consultation.