Costco seems to get good reviews on this web site so I visited them today. I was not comfortable with several things, starting with the paperwork you need to fill out before the exam.
“The purchaser has been advised at the outset of their relationship with the Hearing Aid Dispenser that any examination or representation made by a licensed hearing aid dispenser in connection with the practice of fitting and selling of this hearing aid, or hearing aids, is not an examination, diagnosis, or perscription by a person licensed to practice medicine in this state, and therefore must not be regarded as medical opinion. Costco believes that it is in the best interest of the purchaser to see a physician prior to being fit with a hearing aid and has available a PHYSICIAN’S REFERRAL FORM and MEDICAL CLEARANCE FORM to be completed by the customer’s physician.”
“I have been advised that the Food and Drug Administration has determined that my best interest would be served if I had a medical evaluation by a licensed physician (preferabley by a physician who specializes in diseases of the ear) before purchasing a hearing aid.”
The audiologist seemed surprised that I wouldn’t sign this. Should I see my physician first? or and ENT?