since if you do you’ll save yourself a ton of money. For first time hearing aid buyers the experience can be bewildering as much as overwhelming. Especially for older folks who don’t understand that the market is competitive and there is more than one location/supplier to purchase a hearing aid. Once you’ve decided you need a hearing aid - try to narrow down one or two brands you would like to test. Also try to determine if you think you need a ITE aid, BTE aid, etc. Then pick up your phone and start calling hearing aid dealers to get price quotes. You’ll find in some cases a supplier might not give out the cost of an aid unless you come into his or her office. Don’t be fooled by that stall tactic, since deep down a hearing aid dealer wants to make a sale and if your persistent you’ll get a ball park figure, if not a solid price quote. Then once you find out the cost for a given hearing aid, call another location and request the “charge” for the exact same hearing aid. You’lll find after three, four phone calls price differences of several hundred of dollars, even $1000 plus. I’ve had one dealer tell me two brand new aids would run $6300 only to find someone a couple of miles away offering the same two aids for $4,800. Exact same aids - so you tell me whose taking whom for a ride? Also a hearing aid warranty is extremely important but don’t settle on a two or three year warranty. Before you pull out your credit card you ask for a four or five year warranty and if the dealer hesitates just tell him you want a free extended warranty or no deal. You’ll find the aid supplier will offer you an extended warranty because again (he/she) wants to close on a sale.
There are other practices you need to follow when buying expensive aids but comparing price quotes, getting a written four plus year warranty in your hand and asking a ton of question (before buying) will save you money and gray hairs down the road. Those who rush the process, only talk/meet with one hearing aid dealer or buy an aid without a “warranty” will most likely over pay many times over.
Remember the turtle won the race.