Some Guidelines When Choosing Where to Buy Hearing Aids
Comparative shopping is now a national pastime, following the spread of internet access and the mushrooming of comparison websites designed to address every conceivable product and service. However, while these online advisors can sometimes be useful when comparing prices, they cannot always be relied upon to distinguish performance. They are in business to make money and tend to enter into commission agreements with selected suppliers which tends to limit their ability to provide comprehensive and fair comparative reviews.
For motor insurance or hotel bookings, these sites may be of use, but if you are, for instance, trying to decide where best to buy hearing aids, a more studied approach is advisable. That said, you could, of course, actually choose to purchase your instrument from an online supplier. It is a simple enough matter to check out the various features of the different models on offer and then to compare their prices against your personal budget before making your choice. If you were to do so, however, how can you be certain that your new unit will work as promised?
Just as an eye test is required when being fitted for spectacles, a professionally conducted hearing test is an essential prerequisite before purchasing an assisted hearing device. You could probably arrange for your family doctor to test your hearing, but a GP’s surgery is not really somewhere that you would normally expect to buy a hearing aid, so you would still need to shop around.
Should it appear that your hearing may be impaired, your family doctor is unlikely to be able to do more than refer you for a more in-depth examination. He could nominate an ENT specialist, but a far more appropriate choice would be a dedicated audiology centre.
The Ear Institute operates 20 centres in cities throughout the nine provinces of South Africa. Each is equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment needed to investigate every aspect of your hearing in depth and staffed by experienced healthcare professionals. At an Ear Institute Clinic, the audiologist will conduct a physical ENT examination, followed by an audiogram designed to determine the frequencies at which impairment occurs, whether the condition is single-sided or binaural, and whether it is conductive or sensorineural in origin.
Only when armed with all of these facts can the audiologist make an informed decision regarding the most effective way to manage your hearing loss. In most cases, the solution will be a modern hearing aid and an Ear Institute Clinic is the recommended place to buy one. Here, a world-class unit will be tuned to compensate effectively and reliably for your confirmed pattern of auditory insufficiency, and nothing is left to chance.