Finding hearing aids Lamar, Colorado is easier than ever. You can find them online, or in any one of a number of hearing aid centers. But where should you buy them, and why? Should you opt for a better, personalized service from a hearing aid center like ours? Or should you see if you can hunt for the absolutely cheapest price you can find online? There are good arguments for both approach, but ultimately, we firmly believe that you should seek out an expert—and listen to their recommendations. Let’s take a look at why.
Should You Buy Hearing Aids Online?
In today’s world, you can buy almost anything online. And we won’t lie—that’s a great thing. You can buy hearing aids online from any number of sources, and get practically anything you might need, including:
- Analog or digital hearing aids
- In-ear hearing aids
- In-the-canal hearing aids
- Cleaning solutions and care kits
Not only that, but the wide variety of sources gives you access to good prices for these products. If that’s your #1 concern (and it’s understandable if it is), then being able to buy these things online is a good thing. But there are some big drawbacks when it comes to sourcing hearing aids online.
Why Visit a Center for Hearing Aids Lamar, Colorado
When you visit a hearing aid center, you don’t just turn up, pick one out, and leave as soon as possible! We offer a well rounded service, the point of which is to help you set up and get used to your new hearing aid. Not only that, but we’ll help you identify what kind of hearing loss you have, what’s causing it, and how best a hearing aid can help. Let’s take a look at what you get from a hearing aid center, besides a hearing aid.
You’ll Get a Personalized Hearing Aid Recommendation
First things first—you have to identify what’s causing somebody’s hearing loss. To do that, you first have to sit through what’s called an audiometric test, or better yet, a plain old hearing test! Your audiologist will play you a series of sounds in a controlled and silent environment, to assess your hearing loss. Of course, they’ll be able to identify at what volume you have trouble hearing things. But it’s not as simple as all that. They’ll also assess your hearing loss at different frequencies. So:
- They’ll play a series of high-pitched sounds at different volumes. This is to assess whether your hearing loss has significantly affected your high frequency hearing, e.g. the sound of birdsong.
- They’ll also play a series of low-pitched sounds at different volumes. Again, the point is the same. Things like rumbling, deep dog barks and similar are low-pitch sounds.
- Medium-pitch sounds encompass things like regular conversation, TV in the background and so on.
By assessing your hearing loss at different frequencies, your audiologist will be better able to help you. Modern hearing aids can be adjusted so that they only boost noise of certain frequencies. So, if your hearing loss is most severe at low frequencies, your audiologist can adjust your hearing aid to only amplify those sounds. If you don’t go through this process, you’ll have to turn the volume on your hearing aid up further than you should to compensate. But this will boost all noises, so the medium and high frequencies will be too loud. If you fit your own hearing aid, there’s a chance that that could happen to you.
Not only that, but your audiologist will be able to help you identify the source of your hearing loss. Anybody who worked in construction, or another environment where there’s lots of noise, is likely to experience hearing loss. However even something as simple as listening to earphones too loud can cause permanent and irreparable hearing damage!
You’ll Receive Expert Hearing Aid Advice
In addition, you’ll also get expert advice on your hearing aids Lamar, Colorado. If you’ve never owned one before, something you might not appreciate is that you have to take good care of it. You have to clean your hearing aid regularly to make sure that it doesn’t become clogged up with earwax, which can potentially cause an infection. Not only that, but actually wearing them comfortably isn’t always intuitive. Your audiologist can show you how it’s supposed to fit in your ear, and make sure you’re comfortable before you leave. Again, that isn’t something you’ll get if you buy a hearing aid yourself online.
If your hearing loss is only partial, your audiologist can also offer you some advice on stopping it from getting worse. Of course, you should avoid environments that are too loud—that’s a given. But aside from that, they can advise you on things like:
- Finding and buying protective equipment for your ears
- How hearing loss works, and why it gets worse over time
- How to help yourself hear a little better
You can find information on these things online, but they’re written by inexperienced bloggers, or people who are trying to sell you something. Audiologists make it their life’s work to help people with hearing loss, and you can benefit from their experience.
You’re Supporting Local Businesses
Last but not least, by visiting one of our hearing centers, you’re supporting local businesses. King Hearing Center and Sandia Hearing Aid Center are two locally owned and operated businesses—unlike Amazon, eBay and other online shops. By coming to us, you’re helping the local community, and making sure that we can help you and others for years to come. Isn’t that better than supporting a conglomerate that couldn’t care less? We think it is! So if you’d like to learn more, give us a call or an email today. So if you’re looking for hearing aids Lamar, Colorado we’d love to help you get your hearing back!