8. Do Not Purchase Based Only on Cosmetics
Since the 1990s, the hearing aid industry has reduced the size of hearing aids to near invisibility especially with CICs and open fit hearing aids. Some people concerned with cosmetics prefer the least noticeable hearing aids, in the same way that they might choose contact lenses instead of framed eyeglasses. The problem is that the smallest hearing aid may not be the most suitable hearing solution for you for a variety of reasons. Your specific hearing loss may require more power than is available in CICs or open fit hearing aids.
Because of hearing loss stigma or embarrassment, many consumers come into hearing healthcare offices and start off the dialog with, “I would like one of those invisible hearing aids that I saw on TV.” A likely response may be something like, “We carry invisible hearing aids, but I first need to examine your ears, measure your hearing loss, assess your lifestyle and manual dexterity, and then discuss how your hearing loss is impacting the quality of your life. You may or may not be a candidate for these invisible hearing aids.” If it’s determined that you’re not a candidate for these hearing aids, but you still insist on buying them, ethical hearing health providers will not fit you with the product because in essence they would be giving you the wrong prescription for your hearing loss.
Excerpt by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D.
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