Chain Stores vs. The Audiologist
At our office we provide hearing care to our patients, not just hearing aids.
Hearing aids should not be devices that are purchased off the shelf, nor is hearing care something you purchase at a store. Remember that the care, assistance, service, instruction, and maintenance go hand-in-hand with the purchase of hearing aids.
Chain stores are a convenient place to solve many of our problems. You can purchase everything from a box of cereal to a new TV—all in one building.
With convenience being a top priority, it’s not hard to see why some people turn to chain stores for their hearing aids. But while it may be quick and easy, there are many reasons you shouldn’t buy your hearing aids at the same place you buy your groceries.
Before you throw a pair in your cart, consider what you’re missing when you buy hearing aids from a chain store.
Odds are, there’s no audiologist working at your local warehouse store. That means when it comes to choosing the right hearing aid, you’re on your own.
Your hearing is precious and part of your overall well-being. The ability to achieve the best possible hearing is worth more than buying a device “off the shelf”.
An audiologist is a hearing professional with years of training and experience. The road to better hearing may be slightly longer with an audiologist, but once you start hearing all the wonderful sounds you’ve been missing, you’ll know the extra time was worth it.
At Audiology Associates in Valencia, CA, Dr. Patrice Rifkind and Dr. Kevin Bolder will help select the right hearing aids for you. We’ll perform a series of tests to discover the type and severity of your hearing loss, and then provide the best solution.
Tips on Hearing Aids
It’s a common misconception that hearing aids are big bulky devices that everyone can see. In fact, hearing aids are now sleek, small, and comfortable. Because of their discreet design, people hardly ever notice someone is wearing them.
The amount of hearing devices that are available now is staggering. There are hearing devices being made for nearly all forms of hearing loss. At Audiology Associates, we’re able to determine the type of hearing loss a patient has and fit them with the device that will best treat it.
Hearing devices shouldn’t be viewed as just another piece of technology. They’re an investment in a better quality of life. Hearing devices range in price depending on the style, technology, and features included. There are a variety of financing and payment options available so that hearing devices can be affordable on any budget.
One of the most common signs of hearing loss is a difficulty understanding conversations. If you find yourself constantly asking people to repeat themselves or to talk louder, you may have some form of hearing loss. We recommend scheduling routine hearing screenings to get the facts about your hearing health.