Is it worth the money to buy digital hearing aids custom fit as opposed to the cheaper out of the box aids?

Question by jimthesnakeriverrat: Is it worth the money to buy digital hearing aids custom fit as opposed to the cheaper out of the box aids?
Off the shelf aids cost $ 200-400 or so, vs. $ 1600 for the cheapest custom digital aids. I am looking at Sonic Innovations “Applause” models.

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Answer by loligo1
in most cases dealing with good audiologists and big suppliers you get pretty much what you pay for.

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One Response to “Is it worth the money to buy digital hearing aids custom fit as opposed to the cheaper out of the box aids?”

  1. ZCT says:

    Hearing is a lot more complicated than just amplifying some sound. I’ve been a hearing instrument specialist for 12 years and I have never seen anyone buy any off the shelf product that has been any use as a hearing aid. Such a device might help you hear the TV better in a quiet room but when it comes to living a normal life, eating out, meeting friends or relatives they will be little to no use.

    If you have a hearing problem you need to have your hearing tested by a Hearing Instrument Specialist or an audiologist. Make sure that the ‘expert’ is the one who actually does the testing. Make sure you are offered a trial period. Make sure you are fitted with a test aid system to hear what actual aids are like before even ordering them. Find out about the rehab and service program. Keep in mind that not all digital aids are the same. I work for one specific company and we have 14 different kinds of digital aid!

    Remember the old expression, buy cheap buy twice. There is not a week that goes by that I don’t see a patient who has wasted some money on some cheap aids that don’t work, and now they are having to buy something that works.


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