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Friday, March 20, 2015

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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    That was plain robbery and I would check to see if that is what they are suppose to charge or they were just trying to take advantage of an elder lady.
    1959 days ago
    Wow, I'm glad you looked into this before you spent a bunch of money! emoticon

    emoticon for all the great info!!!

    I sort of have the opposite problem. I hear way more than I'd like, and sound can cause me to stay awake all night or get migraines. So what I do most of the time is wear earplugs. I wish I didn't have to, but there are worse problems. I'm in a really loud neighborhood with planes going by all the time and buses as well and my brother snores super loud, so I think my ears are totally overwhelmed by it all. I put my earplugs in and there is this hush, and I feel better all over. Instant calm! emoticon

    Remember that once you have hearing aids, you can always remove them if the sound is getting to you. I had a friend who got hearing aids to please her daughter, and she was always telling me that the sounds were hurting her ears, especially the buses going by. But she didn't want to remove them, because it might bother her daughter who lived next door and might pop in any moment. She was too nice!

    Maybe your doctor can get you a referral to a more reputable place to get your ears checked. I hope your insurance covers this, most will pay for the test. I've had my ears tested before, but never my speech. Let us know how it goes! emoticon
    2076 days ago
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    God Going... Happy to have good news and the fact that was a lot lower... I am happy for you... Thanks for posting... Good to hear from you... In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2077 days ago
  • KARENE10
    emoticon That is great advice.
    2077 days ago
    2078 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this. I'm sure it will help a lot of people avoid getting fleeced!
    2078 days ago
    That is a shame, that they would perpetrate such a scam. Makes me ashamed to work for Walmart. emoticon
    2078 days ago
    You can never be too careful. I would report the Wal-Mart duo to the better business bureau.
    2078 days ago
    emoticon for the info!
    2078 days ago
    Yes, it's a marketing ploy. Good for you for uncovering it. And sharing the info here.
    2078 days ago
    2078 days ago
    emoticon Good info, thanks for sharing.
    2078 days ago
    I get tons of offers for free hearing tests. It's one of the biggest scams out there. If I have hearing problems I will go to a doctor and he will refer me to EENT.
    2078 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! It's a shame there are so many people out there trying to take advantage of anybody and everybody.
    2078 days ago
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    OMG that is amazing! I am glad you know how to work the internet and research all this! Good Job! I am also glad you had the confidence to stand up for yourself! People share love to take advantage of others don't they!
    2078 days ago
    How kind of you to share this important message, Sharon--
    --- and I'm sorry that you have to go to such lengths to investigate---INTEGRITY!

    You are to be commended for passing along this information to benefit others!

    Bless you!!
    2078 days ago
  • KDUB422
    Thanks for sharing!
    2078 days ago
    There are charlatans everywhere....just appalling to take such advantage of you when you need disappointing.....very glad you found a much cheaper choice...Hugs and thanks for sharing
    2078 days ago
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