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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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CONSUMERS CAUTIONED ABOUT OFFERS OF HEARING TESTS

Saskatchewan people are being warned to be very careful if they are offered a

free hearing test.



The Saskatchewan Justice Consumer Protection Branch has received calls from a

number of consumers who received notices of an appointment for a free hearing

test. People should know they may be in for a high-pressure sales pitch to buy

a hearing aid without a proper check-up to see if they need one.



Consumers are urged to check with their family doctor if they have any concerns

about hearing loss. They should also check the qualifications of hearing aid

sellers they deal with and be wary if a dealer is reluctant or unwilling to

discuss his or her training or credentials.



Before purchasing a hearing aid, consumers should get a breakdown of the costs

for hearing testing and hearing aid fitting, as well as the cost of the hearing

aid and any accessories such as batteries. The Consumer Protection Branch also

encourages consumers to compare prices as the cost for similar hearing aids can

vary substantially between hearing aid dealers.



Consumers who would like more information about offers of free hearing tests

should contact the Consumer Protection Branch of Saskatchewan Justice at 1-888-

374-4636.



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For more information, contact:



Al Dwyer, Registrar

Consumer Protection Branch

Saskatchewan Justice

Regina

Phone: (306) 787-2952
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