There are now so many different ways for Americans to buy hearing aids. They can make a purchase at their doctor’s office, grocery store, online retailers, or a clinic. This innovation within the hearing care industry has made it easier for consumers. But the question is: can wearers get the best from their hearing aids if they buy without the advice of an audiologist?

Highly Tuned Equipment

Back in the old days, hearing aids were simply micro amplifiers attached to an outer casing, created to fit around a person’s ear. This rudimentary design didn’t allow wearers to personalize their experience. Today, hearing aids are exquisitely produced pieces of technology that have the power to completely revolutionize someone’s perception of the world. However, each manufacturer uses its own sophisticated program software, which needs to be individually tuned to suit a person’s particular condition. Without these adjustments, a consumer won’t only reduce their hearing aid’s working capacity, but they may also undermine the effectiveness of it as a treatment solution.

Issues With Online Buying

Many patients who come through our doors at Audicles have initially spent money on a pair of hearing aids they bought online. But without the technical expertise needed to correctly program them, they’ve come to see them as largely ineffectual for treating hearing problems. In contrast, our expert audiologists can offer them clarity and precision in how to buy a product that can actually benefit their specific condition.
After their hearing aids arrive in our office, audiologists then carry out a personal fitting, where they can customize the device to work for the individual patient.

Hearing Aid Fittings

If you buy a hearing aid from a retailer other than a clinic, you’ll likely have to spend extra money if you decide to later get them fitted. At Audicles, this is all part of the service. Fittings don’t generally occur on just one occasion but take place over a number of different sessions. This means an audiologist can adjust your device for the specific environments in which you often find yourself – whether this is at home, on the road, or in work locations. In many cases, audiologists develop a lifelong relationship with their patients, meaning they know exactly how their condition is progressing each time they come back to be re-examined.

What Should I Do Next?

If you believe you have a hearing loss and are considering whether to purchase a hearing aid, we at Audicles recommend you instead contact us about a hearing evaluation. At this personal appointment with one of our certified audiologists, they will quickly and efficiently diagnose your specific type of hearing difficulty. After this, they can discuss treatment options. Not all conditions require hearing aids. But if this is the best option, they can offer life-changing advice on what could be the best solution.

Are you thinking of buying a hearing aid from somewhere other than a clinic? Why not contact us to request a callback about an appointment instead? We’re ready to improve your hearing today!

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Dr. Jane Watson Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Jane Watson Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Watson has served the San Antonio area for over 40 years. In combination with her clinical knowledge and passion, she exemplifies quality hearing healthcare. Dr. Watson completed her doctor of audiology training at the PCO in Pennsylvania and has witnessed first-hand the evolution of hearing technology. She has indeed mastered the art of hearing aid intervention and is an invaluable member of the Audicles team.
What Was Betty's First Experience at Audicles Like ...
“My first sign of hearing loss was gradually realizing that I couldn’t hear and was missing too much. My first impressions of Audicles were that I would recommend them, they had a good reputation and local. I knew that I needed help and found them very easy to work with, very thorough and very likable. Hearing aids have impacted my life a great deal, I was missing too much of what was going on. My advice to anybody considering visiting Audicles would be that they’re an excellent choice and I think they would be very happy with them.”
Betty P.
What Would Brian Rate Audicles Out of 10? ...
“I first realized I had signs of hearing loss in the early 90’s, my biggest fear at the time was having to wear hearing aids and feeling old and deaf. I went to visit Audicles and if I had to rate my first impressions on a scale of 1 to 10 I would give them a 12+. From day one of having my hearing aids, everything changed, when I take them off the world goes to only 50% hearing, so they really have positively impacted my life. I always recommend Audicles so if you are considering visiting, I would highly recommend and refer Audicles and Tracey Board.”
Brian O.
Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming ...
“My first signs of hearing loss started in 3rd grade, I had problems with my teacher, which in turn led to having a hearing test, which found high frequency hearing loss in my left ear. Audicles made me feel very comfortable right from the start and Dr. Watson’s passion to help kids hear better was very heartwarming, enough to keep me as a patient for 30+ years. My hearing aids have become a true blessing as I have gotten older, if you are considering visiting Audicles, don’t wait! They truly go above and beyond to help you.”
Donald Kotzer
What Happened at 4 Year Old Hunter's First Appointment ...
“Hunter was just four years old when we found out he had a profound hearing loss in both ears and as his parents we were so worried Hunter would have to live with this disability and would always be considered different. As soon as his hearing aids were turned on, he ran to the window and said “trucks.” He could hear the traffic for the first time. When we got home to his Memi’s house, he could hear the peacocks and he was so excited … it was priceless. The impact hearing aids have had on Hunter’s life is incredible, Hunter says “I am able to live a normal life and communicate easily with my family and friends. I love to hunt and fish, which are two things I can do better when I can hear.” For anybody considering visiting Audicles, we would not consider taking Hunter anywhere else, they are the most caring people you will ever meet. We love Dr. Board and all of the staff, they are extremely helpful and welcoming at all times.”
Hunter Brown
Isaac First Visited Audicles as a Little Kid ...
“My first signs of hearing loss came when I was a little kid, I was really happy when I visited Audicles for my first appointment. Hearing Aids have had a really good impact on my life, I can hear everything! I would definitely encourage anybody considering visiting Audicles to go.”
Isaac Leos
She Always Made Me Feel Like I Belonged ...
“I was only two when signs of hearing loss were detected so I don’t remember my first appointment, but one of my earliest memories was visiting Dr. Jane with my grandpa. She always made me feel like I belonged and always greeted me with a smile and a hug. My first impressions of Audicles were awesome, I remember sitting in the hearing booth thinking I was in a spaceship! The impact hearing aids have had on my life is indescribable, I would not be where I am without the help of Audicles, Dr. Jane went above and beyond to help me. I would say to anybody considering visiting Audicles, what are you waiting for?”
Jaret Gunn
There is Never a Better Time to Do It Than The Present ...
“I noticed the first signs of hearing loss at work, as I work with children in my teaching job, I found it harder and harder to hear them. My family were also giving me a hard time about the TV volume. I was so ready to increase my quality of life and not miss anything so I had no fears about visiting Audicles for my first appointment. I was made to feel right at home! They were professional, kind, patient and explained everything. Hearing aids have impacted my life in a big way, I can hear my grandchildren. I have been able to use mics and the technology offered for a variety of purposes was all for the good. If you are considering visiting Audicles, just do it! There is never a better time than the present. What do you have to lose?”
Kim M.
My First Signs of Hearing Loss Were ...
“I was really pleased with my first visit to Audicles, first impressions were very good, everyone is very nice and helpful. Wearing hearing aids has positively impacted my life as I can hear things now that I did not realize I was missing. If you are considering visiting Audicles I would say to go, you can’t find a better service.”
Loretta Anton