Recently my doctor told me to get a hearing test done. Right after that I got a coupon from WalMart for a free hearing test. So I scheduled an appointment. I had the test done and was told I needed a hearing aid for both ears, the cost would be almost $7,000.00. When I heard this I burst into tears. No way could I afford that much money. The two people, the one who did the hearing testing, and the one who fits you for the hearing aids were very sociable and nice. There personalities could draw you into buy a hearing aid, however, the price doesn't. These two people continued to push for me to try their hearing aid out for 45 days and return it if I didn't like it. So I agreed.
Something kept bugging me to check out other hearing aid suppliers. So for six and a half hours I surfed the wed (different brand name though). Plus I went through over one thousands reviews for each provider on the actual hearing aids the people bought. It proved to be beneficial because I found a company that sells the same hearing aid for $649.00 per ear. This is a substantial savings. On top of the cost savings, the people were every happy with their hearing aids.
Today I went back to WalMart to get a copy of my hearing test and e-mailed the test to the company that offers the less expensive hearing aid. Wow, what an eye opener!! I found out that the test for my right ear could not be correct because they have the same number across the board. This is not true for anyone's ears. So the audiologist questioned if I really need an aid for the right ear. But the left ear looked like a valid test.
Also, they did not complete the speech test.
What this means is you can have a hearing loss but an aid cannot correct as much of your hearing as you would like. So the most expensive one many not really be necessary. The audiologist said that I need to get another test done, a complete one. She wanted to be certain that I would be fitted correctly, as well as know how the hearing aid would affect my ability to hear.
I sincerely hope that someone who is in need of a hearing aid or who's parents are, reads this. My reason for this blog is to help someone not get taken advantage because they do not know about hearing aids. Why are the hearing aids so expensive at WalMart? Those two people get a commission on every hearing aid they sell. So they push for a sale and try to get your to commit.
Here is what I found out:
If you are a senior citizen, Audcius is the best place to buy your hearing aid. For those who are not seniors, Costco sells the best hearing aids. There are also people who buy their aids from Amazon and get them programmed from a doctor or audiologist.
Next time, I will do some homework BEFORE setting up an appointment for something I have no clue about. A consumer has to be educated today.