Hear This: Beware Old Bait & Switch

I’m not deaf as a stone yet, but I do have what’s diagnosed as moderate, age-appropriate hearing loss, averaging  from10-20-30% depending upon range.

That means you and I can enjoy a normal conversation, but I have trouble in theaters and at lectures without efficient sound systems, or listening to very high and very low tones, or English accents on Masterpiece theater. I was saying “what?” a lot.

I’d been using a $25 amplifier from Amazon in one ear and it seemed adequate despite some background noise.

Then I saw a newspaper ad from Miracle Ear offering its newest, smallest pair of 2 aids for $895, compared to all other aids they sell, ranging from $4,000 to $9,000.

Sounded good to me so I made an appointment, was tested by a professional and very pleasant hearing specialisst who explained the “bait and switch” deal: That set only works for 20% loss or less.

When my hearing fell just below that line on her graph, she gave me a “switch pitch” for the other, very high priced products.

As much as I liked her personally, I drove right to COSTCO HEARING CENTER for a cost comparison .

Once there, I was tested by an equally pleasant and professional hearing specialist,  and  shown brochures for several sets of hearing aids that research shows are equal to brands elsewhere, and I chose one of COSTCO’s Kirkland Signature brands. This store’s range is from about $1,700 0$3,000.

Since I have a mild to moderate loss I bought a less expensive model.

My advice is tobe tested by an audiologist in a medical doctor’s office, and follow their advice. If they determine you have mild to moderate loss, you can but need and want aids, go to COSTO and Do Not Pass Go.

(Hearing specialists are trained by their company. Audiologists, who need medical doctor supervision, receive special training and receive a “doctor” degree, similar to tht of a podiatrist. It is not a medical degree.)

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