Audiology

Online Hearing Aids? | LOVE 😍 and HATE 😡 Relationship

Dr. Cliff Olson
February 9, 2018
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Online Hearing Aids? | LOVE 😍 and HATE 😡 Relationship

Are Online Hearing Aids good? Dr. Cliff Olson, audiologist from Anthem Arizona, discusses the Pros and Cons of buying hearing aids online and what you should consider when deciding between online hearing aids and clinic hearing aids.

Video Transcript

Real Ear Measures Video:  https://youtu.be/cHR0Oa6I-wY

Disclaimer: I am an audiologist and I run a clinic where I recommend, sell, and fit hearing aids.  I have a financial interest in people coming to me to treat their hearing loss.

Despite my financial interest mentioned before, I am in support of online hearing aids for several reasons.

#1. Increased accessibility if you don't have access to a GOOD hearing aid clinic

#2. Affordability for individuals who cannot afford hearing aids or who don't want to spend a lot of money on devices.

#3. Convenience of ordering hearing aids online from the comfort of your own home.

#4. Online hearing aids can be an adequate option for mild to moderate hearing losses.

#5. It can provide an option for someone who is not ready to pursue hearing treatment in a clinic.

However, there are a few Cons.

#1. Online Hearing aids are not the "same thing" as clinic hearing aids.  Often they lack standard features compared to even the most basic clinic hearing aid models.

#2. They may be cheaper, but you don't receive an "in-office" care which comprises the majority of clinic hearing aid costs.  The only way to properly program a hearing aid to a hearing loss prescription is by using Real Ear Measures, and this cannot be done unless going to a hearing aid clinic.  

So what should you do before deciding where to buy hearing aids?

1. Do your due diligence to ensure you evaluate all of the pros and cons of online hearing aids vs. clinic hearing aids.

2. Look past the marketing to ensure you really understand the differences between hearing aids online and in-clinic.

3. If you decide to go online for hearing aids...GREAT!  But if you don't have success, don't just assume that hearing aids don't work for you.  They probably just aren't meeting your prescription.

4. If you decide to go to a clinic...GREAT!  But if you don't have success with clinic aids, it is probably because they didn't use "Best Practices", particularly Real Ear Measures, and you should find a better clinic.  Ultimately, you need to make sure you educate yourself about online hearing aids so you can make the best decision for YOU!

Dr. Cliff Olson
Audiologist & YouTuber

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Dr. Cliff Olson

Audiologist & YouTuber