Hearing aids should be fit by a licensed professional - an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist - after a comprehensive hearing evaluation. In addition, the FDA has determined that it is in your best health interest to have a medical examination by a licensed physician, preferably an ear specialist, before buying a hearing aid. Which hearing aid(s) will work best for you needs to be determined by an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, after a comprehensive hearing evaluation. There is often more than one option available for each person. Ask your professional about discount hearing aids. He or she may have lower cost models available that are appropriate for your hearing needs.
The cost of hearing aids generally depends on the technology you select and the type of features the instruments have. As the level of technology increases, hearing instruments become more automatic, and are equipped with more sophisticated features for people who regularly encounter dynamic listening situations. Hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all – what works best for one person may not be the best for someone else even if the hearing losses are very similar. Your satisfaction with your hearing aids depends on many factors including the expertise of the professional who fits them. Be sure to find a professional you trust and are comfortable with, who can work with you to select and fit hearing aids that will meet your needs. It is not recommended to purchase hearing aids from the internet for these reasons.