Audiologist vs. Big Box Store

hearing lossChain stores are a convenient place to solve many of our problems. You can purchase whatever you need, from a gallon of milk to a new tire all within a few aisles of one another.

So it’s not hard to see why some people are turning to chain stores for their hearing aids. But while it may be convenient, there are many reasons you shouldn’t buy your hearing aids at the same place you buy your undershirts.

Before you throw a pair in your cart, consider everything you’re not getting when you buy hearing aids at a big box store.

An Audiologist

You can bet your loyalty card there’s no audiologist working at your local warehouse store – not even in the back. That means when it comes to choosing the right hearing aid for your specific type of hearing loss, you’re on your own. If you have questions about a specific model, you might need to ask a stock boy for help.

At Harbor Audiology in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Silverdale, Sequim, Port Angeles, Vancouver, and Federal Way, Washington, our expert audiologists will help you select the right hearing aids. We’ll perform a series of tests to discover the type and severity of your hearing loss, and then look for hearing aids that work best to address it. That’s a big difference.


At a chain store, you give the cashier money, and she gives you hearing aids. End of transaction.

If your aids break or need adjustments or cleaning, where do you take them? The store where you bought them may send them far away to be repaired, leaving you without hearing aids for weeks. Or they may provide no aftercare services at all.

When you purchase your hearing aids at Harbor Audiology, you know exactly where to take them, and who will be working on them. The same audiologists you see every time you come in will repair your devices for you right in our Tacoma or Gig Harbor office.

At Harbor Audiology, your aftercare services are included with the purchase of your hearing aid. Our audiologists provide a Complete Hearing Healthcare program, which comes with regular cleaning and adjustments, repair and damage warranties, yearly screenings, and free batteries for up to three years.That ten-items or less lane might be great for your groceries, but it’s not a great place to take care of your hearing loss.

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For comprehensive hearing healthcare, come to the Silverdale, Tacoma or Gig Harbor office of Harbor Audiology. Our audiologists will develop a treatment plan specifically for your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Call or Contact Us to make an appointment today.

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