Navigation Links
Consumer Reports: Hearing Aid Shoppers Pay High Prices, Get Mediocre Fittings
Date:6/1/2009

and which aren't. One-fourth of respondents to the Consumer Reports Survey said they didn't know whether their aids had feedback suppression, and a third didn't know whether they had directional microphones. Both features can be critical to performance.

"Buying a hearing aid is not for the faint of heart. And it's not like buying a piece of electronics and walking away. In addition to purchasing the hearing aids, you're purchasing a service that comes with a complicated contract and you're entering into a relationship with a provider, so you need to be comfortable with that person. And to get the best results, you have to take the time to adjust to the aids and let your provider know about any problems," said Tobie Stanger, senior editor, Consumer Reports.

A Step-by-Step Shopping Summary

Consumers need to decide which type of hearing aid is best for them, and which product features make sense, keeping in mind that many features can add a lot of cost but may be of little value to some people. Consumer Reports offers the following advice:

1. Where to go. Veterans should try the nearest Veterans Affairs (VA) facility, rated highly by survey respondents who went to the VA and where veterans may be able to get their hearing aids for virtually free. Others should first consider a medical practice headed by an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat physician) who employs an audiologist to fit and dispense hearing aids. About one in five survey respondents got their hearing aids from a doctor's office, which received higher marks than brand name stores and independent free standing stores by hearing aid users.

2. What to expect from a provider. Providers should offer a choice of several brands, styles, and features; convenient hours; walk-in repairs; a soundproof booth to test an individual's hearing; and several types of hearing tests.
'/>"/>

SOURCE Consumer Reports
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Caldwell Consumer Health Becomes Revive Personal Products, Inc., with OPTIONS(TM) Line of Womens Sexual Health Products & Oral Health Brands; See Us at NACDS Booth 533 (The Emerson Group)
2. MyOutcomes Urges Government Leaders to Employ Consumer-Driven Outcomes Management in Reforming Behavioral Health System
3. Nurse Response Partners With Healthwise to Help Consumers Make Informed Decisions on Health
4. Nursing Home Consumer, Workforce Satisfaction Reaches New Highs
5. Joint Replacement Consumer Awareness Campaign Endorsed by Prominent Orthopaedic Scientist
6. Consumer Reports Poll: Thirty-One Percent of Americans Never Use Sunscreen
7. New Survey Shows Consumers Making Effort to Buy Healthy Foods But Buyer Beware: Zero Isnt Always Zero
8. Qforma Launches New Database to Help Consumers Find Top Community Medical Experts
9. New Consumer Fact Sheets on Medical Liability, Tort Reform and National Health Care
10. New Online Resource for Consumers, Athletes and Coaches Concerned About Athletic Banned Substances
11. President Obama, Sens. Kennedy & Baucus: Dont Buy Insurer Compromise for Bush-era Plan to Gut State Consumer Protection Laws
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/29/2015)... ... August 29, 2015 , ... It can ... protection against dribbled urine and sweat. "In order to prevent these problems, I ... EASY ACCESS DRYNESS ENHANCED MEN'S UNDERGARMENT provides optimal support for a male’s crotch. ...
(Date:8/29/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Next weekend is Labor Day weekend, the last bash of ... 22nd this year). For IT security personnel, it should also mark the perfect time ... more costly than a simple headache. , Joe Caruso, founder and CEO-CTO of ...
(Date:8/29/2015)... ... , ... The popular television program VOICES IN AMERICA, hosted by legendary star ... devoting an entire short segment to the subject of diabetes. Diabetes is a debilitating ... daily basis, but recent advancements in medical science may prove to be a significant ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... , ... August 28, 2015 , ... An online provider ... to make the purchase of CPAP equipment more affordable by offering shipping at no ... types of CPAP products and orders of any size. My Cpap Store is located ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... , ... August 28, 2015 , ... With the goal ... returned for the second year to the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, IL on ... to raise money to support music education in the underfunded school districts of Mendon ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Modified Men’s Underwear Promote More Comfort and Hygiene - Designed by InventHelp Client (LGI-1968) 2Health News:Business Cyber Security – Come Out of the Summer with a Clean Slate 2Health News:Business Cyber Security – Come Out of the Summer with a Clean Slate 3Health News:Business Cyber Security – Come Out of the Summer with a Clean Slate 4Health News:My Cpap Store Now Offering Delivery Special 0 Cost to You 2Health News:Best Drug Rehabilitation Interviews Country-Rock Duo Highway Run at the 2015 "Music With A Mission" Benefit Concert 2
... Wis., Oct. 9 October marks National,Domestic Violence ... people,in the United States are affected by domestic ... American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry,Charitable Foundation,s (AACDCF) Give ... to "restore a life by restoring a smile" ...
... in risk, study found , , TUESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) ... could cut their odds for deadly ovarian cancer, new research ... regimen for more than eight years reduced their risk for ... who saw the greatest benefit from the low-fat diet were ...
... Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ... degeneration (AMD) caused by a mutation known to produce ... treatments. The study appears in the October issue of ... the most common cause of vision loss in elderly ...
... Pantoliano,reveals a personal history of depression and his ... in a guest blog entry, http://www.nami.org/blog published ... Pantoliano,s entry comes during Mental Illness Awareness ... opening of his latest film, CANVAS, http://www.canvasthefilm.com ...
... mouse study shows , TUESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) ... may lead to a treatment for the hereditary, progressive ... mice, a molecule called C2-8 appears to reduce HD-related ... said the team from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurological ...
... recurrent heart attack risk, study finds , , TUESDAY, Oct. 9 ... someone who has had a heart attack will have another ... have shown that workplace stress boosts heart woes, but this ... attacks and other major events, the report,s authors said. , ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:600 Smiles Restored Thanks to the AACDCF's Give Back A Smile Program - October Marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2Health News:More Fiber, Less Fat Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer 2Health News:More Fiber, Less Fat Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer 3Health News:More Fiber, Less Fat Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer 4Health News:Model to study age-related macular degeneration could pave way for better treatment 2Health News:Actor Joe Pantoliano Discloses Depression; Talks About His Latest Movie and His Sensitive Side 2Health News:Molecule Promising Against Huntington's Disease 2Health News:Stressful Jobs Hard on the Heart 2Health News:Stressful Jobs Hard on the Heart 3
(Date:8/28/2015)... 28, 2015  Today, in final recognition of the ... Health Week, 1-800 Contacts is sharing how to keep ... lens wearers who do not properly care for their ... infections. Most contact lens wearers understand ... clean lens case is sometimes overlooked.  When proper steps ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... Aug. 28, 2015 ... the addition of the "Investigation Report on ... offering. Developed by AstraZeneca plc, quetiapine ... important drug for the treatment of schizophrenia. Approved ... was listed in the Catalogue of Drugs for ...
(Date:8/28/2015)... Aug. 28, 2015 ... the addition of the "Investigation Report on ... offering. Developed by Pharmacia & Upjohn ... agonist which effectively reduces intraocular pressure. As the ... (under the trade name of Xalatan) entered ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:1-800 Contacts Shares Tips on How to Clean Lens Cases 2China Quetiapine Market Investigation Report 2010-2019 2China Latanoprost Market Investigation Report 2015-2019 2
... the novel,selective relaxant binding agent (SRBA) being developed ... neuromuscular blockade as,compared to neostigmine in the Phase ... Spectrum, faster recovery from profound neuromuscular,blockade compared to ... were presented today at the 2007 annual meeting ...
... safety of nebulized,formoterol fumarate and safety/ efficacy of concomitant use with ... ... 16 Dey, L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan,Inc. (NYSE: MYL ... the annual scientific assembly of the American College of,Chest Physicians (ACCP) ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Sugammadex Trials Demonstrate Rapid Recovery from Profound Neuromuscular Blockade During General Anesthesia 2Sugammadex Trials Demonstrate Rapid Recovery from Profound Neuromuscular Blockade During General Anesthesia 3Sugammadex Trials Demonstrate Rapid Recovery from Profound Neuromuscular Blockade During General Anesthesia 4Sugammadex Trials Demonstrate Rapid Recovery from Profound Neuromuscular Blockade During General Anesthesia 5Data from Three Clinical Trials for Perforomist(TM) Inhalation Solution to be Presented at CHEST 2007 on October 24, 2007 2Data from Three Clinical Trials for Perforomist(TM) Inhalation Solution to be Presented at CHEST 2007 on October 24, 2007 3Data from Three Clinical Trials for Perforomist(TM) Inhalation Solution to be Presented at CHEST 2007 on October 24, 2007 4Data from Three Clinical Trials for Perforomist(TM) Inhalation Solution to be Presented at CHEST 2007 on October 24, 2007 5
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
Medicine Products: