Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 2. Buying the feature and not the benefit

Common Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 2. Buying the feature and not the benefit

This is easily one of the biggest mistakes you can make when purchasing a hearing aid.

Our industry is one of the worst perpetrators of beating you over the head with technical jargon to upsell you to devices which may or may not improve your hearing ability. Input/output compression, multiple channels, zoom and adaptive microphones, and many other “names” of features.

What do all of these features mean? Just because your hearing aid has zoom microphones doesn’t mean it’s the right device for you. It is perhaps, if you have trouble in background noise as it can assist in helping the device select what sounds to amplify and which to leave alone, giving a benefit to the user in a noisy situation. 

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But if you don’t find yourself in these situations possible you paid for a feature that was not that important. Perhaps you would have been better served with a device that delivered a more relevant benefit to you. Many weak salespeople will be quick to spout off five or six features about the hearing aid you are considering, give you a price, and ask if you would like to purchase now. That is the game.

You need to keep this in mind – is the hearing aid salesperson matching the device to what YOU need?

We do not view your hearing healthcare as a game. We encourage you to invest in yourself and make the most out of every day. We assess your hearing needs and listen to what it is you need out of your hearing device. As we cover later in this guide, hearing aids are no longer just analogue or digital. Today, there is so much more to consider, which is why it is important to understand the benefit of the feature, and get the most benefit from each feature.

If the salesperson you are working with is not able to communicate to you the benefit that each feature provides, run away from the store. The person in front of you is not a true hearing consultant and has simply memorized, at best, the features of each hearing aid he or she is presenting. Honestly, just read most of the signage in the catalogue you are looking at and you can do that job for them.

Your hearing aid specialist should be able to explain the feature, advantage of the feature, and benefit of each and every hearing aid you are considering. After all, you don’t shop for a hearing aid often. Asking questions and identifying the features and benefits that fit you best is what we do. 

Think about what is actually important to your hearing, and make sure that those needs are addressed and explained by your hearing aid professional.

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Common Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 1. Not taking the time to do it right

Common Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 1. Not taking the time to do it right

This statement seems elementary, but you would be surprised by the amount of people who purchase a hearing aid without undertaking an proper, evidence based assessment and spending time to ensure the hearing aid really is the best match from the options available.

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You know the manoeuvre that many do when shopping for beds? Pushing down on the bed with their hand and expecting the heavens to open and light to shine upon the mattress in some form of affirmation. It’s silly, really. People lying across the bed with feet hanging over the side. 

Sounds silly but a similar thing happens when many people buy a hearing aid – they have them placed in their ears, switched on and asked “how does that sound?” – the answer is normally “wow that’s louder”. Of course it is, but is it actually giving the maximum benefit that it possibly could? Another question is how the hearing aid will perform when there is other noises in the environment such as a car or a restaurant.

Without testing in these conditions the only way to find out would be to wear the aid and report back to the audiologist, and this takes time and energy that could be easily saved.

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Helpful Tips

Ensure the hearing aid specialist understands the environments you have trouble hearing in:

  • Consider the noisy places you go to.
  • Ensure that the hearing aid is verified with soft, moderate and loud speech
  • Ask the hearing aid specialist to perform a speech clarity assessment in quiet and with noise present to ensure your aid will cope when you leave the quiet setup of a clinic room.

Optimising your hearing may take time so ensure you visit a specialist that is happy for you to return for adjustment appointments.

Recent reports suggest the success you get with hearing aids is largely dictated by the expertise of the hearing aid specialist you visit and not the particular hardware you wear on your ears.

A mid-range hearing aid that is well tuned will significantly outperform a top of the range device that has been badly tuned.

Look for specialists that encourage you to test their solutions and give the freedom to take as much time as you like.

  • Does the specialist make you uncomfortable through the consultation process?
  • Are they pushy and feel overpowering?
  • Do they offer demonstration sessions to let you weigh up the benefits of different hearing aids?

If the answers to the questions above are not positive, you should consider the establishment you are in.

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The Hearing Clinic UK's New Glasgow Clinic - is now Open

Work has been completed on our new clinical location at First Floor, 24 St. Vincent Place and we are delighted to announce that The Hearing Clinic UK’s flagship Glasgow location is now fully open.

This ambitious project, which has the aim to provide the best clinical audiology environment in the UK; has been achieved. The first customers that have visited and experienced our new clinical location in Glasgow have been impressed with the new facilities.

Our New SoundLounge (thanks to our unique partnership with Linn HiFi) provides the best facility to see how your hearing devices can work, and for us to optimise your hearing experience. We invite you to come and experience this unique facility.

Managing director Chris Stone said: “We are extremely excited to unveil our new clinical location in Glasgow. This new world class clinical location will provide our patients with the very best treatment options for their hearing.

This is a real milestone in the growth of The Hearing Clinic UK and will be used as a training centre for our new business partners as we help grow the business out from central Scotland across the UK.”

The Hearing Clinic UK - Glasgow

First floor,
24 St Vincent Place,
Glasgow, G1 2EU

Clinic Phone Number

0333 320 7788


Location of the previous The hearing clinic UK Clinical Location

Glasgow - 39 Bath Street Sub-Lease Available - Due To The Hearing Clinic Uk's Relocation To New Premises

The Hearing Clinic UK - 39 Bath Street, Glasgow to let due to relocation

Location

Location of the previous The hearing clinic UK Clinical LocationThe subject property is situated on Bath Street, close to the city’s central business district. The area boasts a wide selection of food, beverage and specialist retailing alongside health and beauty operators. Adjacent occupiers include Medica Skin Clinic, Macdonald Hairdressing and Saks Academies.

The property is close walking distance from Glasgow’s main retail throughfares and transport links such as Glasgow Central and Queen Street Station.

Accommodation

The property is arranged over the ground floor comprising the following approximate areas: Ground: 73.1 sq m 778 sq ft

Interested parties are advised to check these areas which are indicative only.

Passing Rent

£22,000 per annum exclusive of VAT and all other property costs.

Tenure

This is a sub-lease being marketed for the residual term until June 2019.

Rates

Rateable Value (2017/18) £13,100

Rates Payable (2017/18) £6,105 per annum

(Interested parties are advised to make enquiries with the Local Authority)

Other Associated Costs

To be confirmed.

Legal Costs

Each party to be responsible for their own legal and professional costs incurred in this transaction.

EPC

Energy Performance Rating of ’G’. Full report available on request.


Development of our new state of the art hearing clinic in Glasgow

Work has commenced on our most ambitious project yet! We are developing the largest hearing clinic of its type in Scotland. Located just off George Square in Glasgow with Investment of over £250,000, our flagship Clinic will be kitted out with the World’s finest sound systems courtesy of our unique partnership with Linn HiFi.

With a purpose build sound experience room, 6 clinical rooms, large reception area, call centre and board room this will be a one of a kind space for hearing healthcare.

Managing director Chris Stone said: “We are extremely excited by this new development and what it will mean to the patients we can serve. It’s going to be truly world class! This is a real milestone in the growth of The Hearing Clinic UK and will be used as a training centre for our new business partners as we help grow the business out from central Scotland across the UK. We can’t wait till the grand opening in Jan 2018.”


Phonak Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Phonak Rechargeable Hearing AidsNew advances in technology come along all the time, and with the latest hearing aid from Phonak, rechargeable devices are now available at The Hearing Clinic UK. Building on the success of previous high quality digital hearing aids, Phonak has made significant updates to Belong’s technology to deliver the best sound in background noise.

Plus, they’ve added all of Belong’s new features into a rechargeable hearing aid option too, giving you the flexibility to choose the model that’s right for you!

You already charge your portable devices, included your mobile phone, toothbrush, or even your watch. So why should your hearing aids be any different? The Belong range not only provides you with the very latest technology, you also have the option of choosing a rechargeable model at three of the performance levels: the B50, B70 and the B90 models.

Rest assured, which ever model you choose, you’ll not only hear better but you’ll feel better too, knowing your hearing aids are amongst the most technologically advanced and supporting you to hear at your best.