MOST POPULAR QUESTIONS about hearing aids on The Isle of Man
Why are hearing aids so expensive?
- Lack of consumer choice on the Island
- High refund rates of High Street chains
- The variability of hearing outcomes
- Difficulty in assessing improvements
- Labour intensive (high number of fine tuning appointments are often required)
What’s the Best Hearing Aid?
- The one that YOU like the best
- You can only discover this through a trial process
- Oticon Opn 1 is the most technologically advanced hearing aid
- However, some of our best reviews are from people that have not spent a lot of money (purchased budget hearing aids)
Where’s the best place to go?
- We are biased – & believe Independents offer the best overall experience
- Which? magazine agrees: in their last 3 surveys of end-users’ findings
- Boots score well in second place, as the best large retailer
- The Independent you visit should be well established, with good evidence of service (reviews)
- It is advisable to deal with someone quite local to you
- Island Hearing might be your best choice?
What do they cost?
- Thanks to the internet, there is now a fairly clear understanding about what these cost
- The most expensive products cost about £3000 per pair. If you seek out the better suppliers, you might have to pay £4000
- Two-thirds of what you pay is for the after care (not the hearing aids)
- Continuity of service is very important (so many dissatisfied users comment that the person they saw was different every time)
What makes a great hearing aid?
Primarily, it will be your willingness and diligence. A trial before you pay anything always helps. Pay some attention to world sales figures. Oticon and Phonak are doing the best.