The price gamut
Hearing instruments really do run the gamut in price.
They range from cheap gadgets that you can buy on
impulse from a TV ad or big box store to ultra-sleek,
sophisticated technology, fitted by a hearing care
professional. Even with such
a spread in cost, you should know that, as with most
other things, you get what you pay for.
Many of the low end devices aren’t properly classified
as hearing instruments at all. They’re “personal sound
amplifiers,” and that’s exactly what they do: give you
a volume knob for daily life. The problem is, if you’re
like most people with hearing loss, volume isn’t your
only problem: clarity and comprehension are just as
important. So as you crank up the sound on your $14.95
Hear-O-Matic, you could be doing yourself and your
hearing more harm than good.