The price gamut
Hearing instruments really do run the gamut in price. They range from cheap gadgets that you can buy on impulse from a TV ad or big box store to ultra-sleek, sophisticated technology, fitted by a hearing care professional. Even with such a spread in cost,
you should know that, as with most other things, you get what you pay for.
Many of the low end devices aren’t properly classified as hearing instruments at all. They’re “personal sound amplifiers,” and that’s exactly what they do: give you a volume knob for daily life. The problem is, if you’re like most people with hearing
loss, volume isn’t your only problem: clarity and comprehension are just as important. So as you crank up the sound on your $14.95 Hear-O-Matic, you could be doing yourself and your hearing more harm than good.