Where to Buy Hearing Aids in New Zealand?
Author: Anna Hayes
Buying hearing aids is something that most New Zealanders will have to face at some point in their life. For many, hearing loss is a gradual thing that happens over their life, while for others it can be the result of an illness or an accident. If you are faced with hearing loss, its better to deal with it before your brain gets used to not being able to hear certain frequencies. If you wait for years, it is harder to readjust to hearing those frequencies again later.
Where to Buy Heairng Aids in New Zealand
The biggest question you're likely to be faced with after being diagnosed with hearing loss, is where can you buy hearing aids in New Zealand? Luckily, there are a few options available to you.
Buy from your Audiologist
An audiologist is a trained and registered professional who deals specifically with hearing. If you visit your General Practitioner (GP), they will be able to give you a referral to an audiologist and prepare you for what is likely to happen next. The first thing the audiologist is likely to do is give you a hearing test, this audiogram shows what frequencies you are able to hear at, and which you are not. It also shows the level of your hearing loss. Your audiologist will explain your results to you, and then recommend an appropriate hearing aid from their associated hearing companies.
Buying your hearing aid from an audiologist will give you peace of mind in that they are highly trained professionals. It will however be the most expensive way to buy your aids.
Buy from an Independent Supplier
Buying your hearing aids from an independent supplier will potentially save you thousands, but you do need to do your research first. Many companies will sell very cheap Chinese brands, which may not be very high quality and you may struggle to get help if you have issues with your aids. In saying that, there are lots of reputable, New Zealand-based businesses selling high quality hearing aids, without the huge markups of audiologists.
So, how do you find the best company to buy your hearing aids from? Reading reviews is a great place to start. Most companies in New Zealand will have a Facebook page or a Google Business listing. Start by visiting Google Maps and searching for "hearing aids", then look through the results at their reviews and ratings. Their Google Business listing should give you the link to their website, otherwise you can type their name into a search to find their website. Once you've got a few business names that are looking good, you can also check their Facebook page for reviews.
A trustworthy product sales company in New Zealand will list on their website their phone number and other contact details, there should be information about the process for returns and damaged goods, and terms and conditions of trade. Take time to read through their website, and reassure yourself of the companies etiquette. You can always pick up the phone and call them and have a chat about their products and services so that you feel better about trusting their products.
The Price of Hearing Aids
For some, hearing aids are an expensive comodity. So take the time to search for which companies offer more affordable options to you. Some companies may offer finance options, but if they don't you may be able to apply for a finance card from companies like GE Money or Qcard so that you can pay off your hearing aids.
In some instances, you may be able to get assistance from the government. ACC may provide assistance if your hearing loss is related to a work related accident. Generally, children in New Zealand are eligible for free hearing aids under the Enable New Zealand funding scheme.
A Word About Reviews
Remember, people rely on reviews and ratings to help them make an informed decision about a company. So if you've had an experience - whether good or bad - make sure you take the time to review that business yourself in order to help others know where the best places to buy hearing aids are in New Zealand.