Among the five key senses of the body, hearing ranks on the upper end of the list. Our lives would be an image of themselves if the hearing function was absent. We are able to listen and answer others, experience music and rhythm and have awareness of our surroundings because of hearing. So it becomes such a painful experience when our ears start giving in and wearing out. This loss drives us into isolation since we don’t want to be baggage to others in public spaces. But then that is why hearing aids exist-to helps you. You might already have a clue of what hearing aids you need but then where do you buy them from? When you decide to go down the route of wholesale buying, you need to know what factors to look into. This article is the answer to your hearing aid questions and is also a sensible tool for retailers in the sector.
Take time to think about the ‘buy-everything’ option. As the phrase goes, it means that you have to approach the wholesaler and not only purchase the actual hearing aid but also all components that augment it. This is among the most common ways of purchasing hearing aids by customers, and so retailers should seek this out from the wholesalers so as to get in on the act. The services on top of the hearing aid include fitting audiologist’s time, hearing tests and aftercare services. The lump sum charges paid in this transaction might seem rather high for most people but you should always keep in mind that you are getting an array of extra services from the wholesaler and their partners. This also requires the wholesaler to liaise with audiologists so as to enhance their service delivery.
Have you come across ‘service-led’ way of purchasing hearing aids? Most consumers may feel uneasy paying a lump sum fee all at once. Some may feel that they can’t pay such money without first getting the service while for others, the money required is just too much. It is this reasoning that leads most to the service-led way. The point here is to get your hearing aid and then pay for any other service you feel you need and when you need it. This way, you keep off services you don’t want.
You could also go for the self-programmed route. First, a hearing test must be done and the results verified and sent to you. You then proceed to send these results to the wholesaler who can then liaise with the manufacturer to ultimately sell to you a programmed hearing aid and accompanying computer software. Once you have the hearing aid, you can program it to the level you want.
Finally, you can choose just to get a pre-programmed hearing aid. This option will grant generic hearing aids and hence is a less expensive alternative.