Our representatives are available practically anytime you need them to answer any questions you may have regarding affordable hearing aids and hearing loss.  Here are answers to some of our most asked questions—let us know in the comments section if there is anything else you have been wondering about!

Why are normal hearing aid prices so high, and what makes Audicus different?

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the inflated prices of hearing aids on the market. While most people think that new technology is causing prices to rise, it’s not always the case.  Audicus cuts out the middleman, which decreases myriad costs including marketing, overhead, service costs, and the price of a physical location. It may be shocking, but as Ed Belcher breaks it down in this post, production costs of hearing aids are only 8% of the total price. (To read about one woman’s quest for affordable hearing aids, check out this New York Times article that features Audicus!)

Audicus is always willing to go the extra mile to get someone a hearing aid. We’ve recently partnered with Hearing Charities of America to collect used hearing aids, which will be refurbished for people in need.

How can I make sure I choose the best hearing aid for my needs?

At Audicus we provide a simple step-by-step survey where you enter information from your hearing test. If you need any help reading your results, or have specific questions about hearing loss we have representatives here to help.  We then recommend one of our three current models that will best suit your needs.

We offer everything from the ultra-discreet, in-ear Uno device for mild to moderate hearing loss, to the Bluetooth optional Canto device for everyone from mild to profound hearing loss.  There is no need to fit the hearing aids in person, because we offer a free variety pack with different sized silicon end pieces that can be changed to make your new aids fit comfortably. Plus with a 45-day money-back guarantee, there’s no need to stress!

Where is the best place to get a hearing test?

We often get asked how it is possible to get the proper hearing aids when the majority of the process is completed online. The most important aspect is getting a proper hearing test, and understanding your hearing loss. If this is your first time ever getting a hearing test, you can check out this post on what to expect when you visit an audiologist.

There are a few places you can go to receive a hearing test. Students, grade K-12 (and certain university employees) can visit a nurse’s office for inexpensive or free hearing tests. If you have an Otolaryngologist, or Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, they will typically have an audiologist on staff that you can make an appointment with. Big box stores like Sam’s Club and Costco offer free hearing tests in addition to selling hearing aids, but appointments fill up, so make sure to call ahead.  For a more in depth list, you can read more here. One thing to keep in mind, is that online hearing tests are not accurate enough to determine what type of hearing aid you may need, so make sure you see a professional!

 By: Becca Blasdel

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