Hearing aids are an important investment. They enable better communication and can make life easier and more enjoyable, but where you shop for your hearing aids is almost as important as what type of hearing aid you purchase.
Listed below are some Cons for using the Big Box Stores to take care of your Important Hearing needs.
Cons: Because big chain stores are balancing their time between multiple interests, they might not have a hearing aid specialist on staff or even a certified audiologist. Also when first getting hearing aids, a patient needs to see the audiologist frequently for adjustments.
Cons: Service may be limited to certain days the hearing instrument section is opened and patients still have to contend with other customers. Also, if you happen to be in a place without a big chain store, follow-up service might be difficult to obtain.
Most shoppers find in the end that prices are often comparable but the Big Box stores can't give you everything Manchester Hearing Center can. For example MHC offers more than just a hearing aid with their price, including service, fittings, cleaning, batteries, and repairs for an extended period.
Cons: In general big chain stores tend to stock hearing aids that are a few years behind the choices available at an audiologist's office. They also offer a limited supply, but this is their business model and works well to keep down costs. This isn't always a bad thing. However, it is something to consider if you are interested in a wider, more up-to-date variety.
It should be noted that big chain stores are not the place to go for overall hearing health. They are selling hearing aids, and that means that other hearing issues are best dealt with at your audiologist or ENT office. There are balance issues and numerous conditions that can be associated with hearing loss that are best identified and recognized by a hearing health professional, such as an audiologist or ENT.