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Before Spending Your Money Online Speak to an Audiologist The Internet offers numerous advantages for those looking to find products and a variety of information. Not only is purchasing a device online convenient, but it is also private. In certain situations, it may even end up saving a lot of money for the individual. Hearing aids are not one of these products; you need to consider the following: • Hearing instruments are extremely complex medical devices. They are not just something to amplify sound. • The units have digital technology that an audiologist can set specifically for your personalized needs. • Units purchased online without a hearing test and other required services might not be able to accommodate your specific needs. • Setting your device to your individual needs will require a specific type of computer software that an audiologist might not be able to access if the device was purchased online. For certain online retailers, it may only be possible to have the settings changed in the device by sending the unit back to the manufacturer. Having to send the unit back would mean that you are not going to have your device for quite a while. • In order to help you adjust to your new device, an audiologist will provide you with an office visit, counseling, programming and the support you need when purchasing your instrument through their office. Purchasing a hearing aid online means you are essentially forgoing any of these invaluable services. If you have reason to believe you are suffering from a loss of hearing, you will want to seek advice and assistance of a professional. The examination can help determine if your loss of hearing is treatable or not. If the condition is untreatable, you will be sent to an audiologist to determine whether you are a candidate for a hearing unit. Depending on your insurance, you may be able to have your device covered without paying anything out of pocket. Hearing Center of Broward 3170 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 208, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064, 954-943-9020 5975 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33308, (954) 633-7374 4887 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33063, (954) 633-8630


• United States Food and Drug Administration encourage you to seek the advice of a professional before you purchase any hearing aids. This helps determine if there is something else causing the problem before investing in a hearing unit. Children under the age of 18 will need a medical evaluation. • An online evaluation is unable to tell you what caused the loss of hearing. It might be something as simple as too much earwax in the ear or something as severe as a brain tumor. Online tests can only tell you if your hearing is abnormal and that you need to seek further evaluations from an audiologist.

Hearing Center of Broward 3170 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 208, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064, 954-943-9020 5975 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33308, (954) 633-7374 4887 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33063, (954) 633-8630

Before Spending Your Money Online Speak to an Audiologist  

Before Spending Your Money Online Speak to an Audiologist