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Hearing Aid Buying Guide: What To Expect Before You Buy

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Written By
Kasey Craig, Au.D.

Kasey is passionate about explaining hearing loss and communication strategies to her patients and their families, helping them get back to effective and fun communication. Her experience in public and private healthcare in the U.S. and abroad gives her perspective and familiarity about all sides of the hearing aid market. She studied linguistics at Rice University and got her Au.D. (Clinical Doctorate in Audiology) at the University of South Florida. When she is not helping her patients make the best decisions about their hearing health care and hearing aids, she enjoys photography and painting, in addition to hiking the hills of Scotland with her partner and kids.

Learn more about Kasey here.


  1. Thanks for the tip about how audiologists are the people to consult about buying hearing aids. I will be helping out my dad get a pair of hearing aids soon because he has been having trouble listening to music lately. It would be best to start thinking looking into buying hearing aids while the symptoms of hearing loss are still new to him.
  2. My mother (74) for the last 40 years has been dealing with both ears (she lost 80% hearing+ four surgeries, infections, treatments, expensive hearing aids, repairs, etc). One day, we bought a hearing amplifier for $20 USD aprox. She is happy and she has a ritual. If she needs a call, drive or receive visits, she uses it, rest of the time, no. Why? CLEANING/”FREE AREA”. Ears have cerumen & sweat. Before and after to put an amplifier aid, she cleans her ears with a tissue and also the silicone part too. Silicone part is washed every day at night or twice if it is a warm day. This ritual is to prevent infections. I check sales and I buy batteries packages. One battery is for almost 14-20 hours of USE (she turn it off at night and when it is not in use). Watching TV: she prefers closed caption mode, sometimes she combines the amplifier. If she is in a party or noise places: she turns amplifier off. She tried with rechargeable one but she was uncomfortable (the little cable behind her ear + her glasses = problem. She feels better with the one called “micro plus”. I buy two per year and every Christmas she receives batteries packages! Cellphones are a problem for her. Any hearing aid or amplifier can’t help her because she has to use “speaker” and she doesn’t feel ok. At home, she uses speaker with her phone set.
  3. I like how you mention that it’s important to consider what you need to do when it’s time to consider shopping for a hearing aid. Getting yourself tested is the first most important thing to do, as well as consulting with an audiologist to make sure that you’re suited for a hearing aid that you would be buying in the near future. While I haven’t the need for a hearing aid yet, I know that my mother needs one as she keeps complaining about being unable to hear out of her left ear.
  4. I like how you mentioned the importance of doing your research before buying hearing aids. My husband has been having some problems with hearing properly, and I want to visit an audiologist to see if he need hearing aids. I imagine that we’ll end up getting him a pair, so maybe it would be a good idea to do some research and compare prices before we make a decision.
  5. I am thinking that my wife will need to get hearing aids. It is getting pretty difficult to communicate because she can hardly hear anything that I say! It is interesting that professionals say it is a gradual decline in folks. That’s what I feel like it has been for my wife. It will be good for her to get some!
  6. I’m slowly losing my hearing and need to see an audiologist. Thanks for the advice about how the first thing to do is to get tested. I would also consider getting an audiologist that will help you get the best price on a hearing aid.
  7. If you have severe hearing loss, you may need one of the larger hearing aids.
  8. There is another side to this issue that you’ve never covered:: the ongoing battle between Costco (and other large retailers) and audiologists. Costco is lobbying state legislatures nationwide to reduce requirements to dispense hearing aids. Audiologists point to Johns Hopkins studies showing poorly treated hearing loss accelerates dementia and other cognitive decline. Audiologists may have a self-interest here, however, the Hopkins research is very compelling
  9. The expansion of the online hearing aid market offers another option for purchasing hearing aids:

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