I see it all the time.
A person will make an appointment to come into my practice and they – or a family member – is frustrated and confused. They have suffered from hearing difficulties for years … and gone through just about every stage possible when it comes to trying hearing aids.
First they bought one of those $59 devices from an ad they saw in the back of a magazine … which did not help at all.
Then they bought something off the Internet for a few hundred dollars, which worked about as well as the first item.
After that they tried still more product-based options based on the praises about – and discounted prices on – Product XYZ that they saw in advertisements, with the same disappointing results.
Multiple attempts. Thousands of dollars wasted. Their take on the whole process: “Hearing aids don’t work!” My response …