Who Owns What
Have you visited an audiologist or hearing professional that seemed to determined to fit you in a certain product? If you are not offered options at a hearing device consultation, it might be in your best interest to dig deeper.
Keep in mind, a hearing aid is just that… an aid. The competency and familiarity of the professional with that hearing device will ultimately determine the outcome of the fit.
In our clinic, we are often asked who owns what in the hearing industry. One of the most comprehensive visuals addressing this topic is the band map created by Abram Bailey at hearingtracker.com found below.
This hearing aid brand map is an outstanding visual to help keep track of the ever increasing retail outlets of various manufacturers. For instance, Connect Hearing is owned by Phonak and Hearing Life, an outlet of Oticon.
One of the advantages of being an independent, local hearing healthcare is the opportunity for our audiologists to make recommendations based on an individual’s specific needs. Instead of the decision coming from sale or unit requirements, independent private practices have the flexibility and autonomy to assess your situation and recommend a hearing aid that truly is best for you.
If you are beginning the search for hearing aids or looking for a second opinion, make sure to ask if the clinic works with all the manufacturers to ensure an unbiased recommendation.
For more information on who owns what, check out the best hearing aid brands article on hearingtracker.com or call our office at (303) 988-7299 to schedule an appointment with Modern Audiology, one of the top local, independent practices in Lakewood, Colorado!