It just feels great to find a bargain, right? It can be invigorating when you’ve received a good deal on something, and the bigger discount, the more satisfied you are. It’s a little too easy, then, to make the price your main criteria, to always go for the least expensive option, to let your coupons make your consumer choices for you. But chasing a bargain when it comes to purchasing hearing aids can be a big oversight.
Health repercussions can result from choosing the cheapest option if you require hearing aids to manage hearing loss. After all, the whole point of getting hearing aids is to be able to hear well and to prevent health problems related to hearing loss such as mental decline, depression, and an increased chance of falls. Finding the right hearing aid to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget is the trick.
Choosing affordable hearing aids – some tips
Cheap and affordable aren’t necessarily the same thing. Look for affordability as well as functionality. That will help you find the best hearing aid possible for your personal budget. These tips will help.
Tip #1: Do your homework: Affordable hearing aids are available
Hearing aid’s reputation for being very pricey is not necessarily reflected in the reality of the situation. Most hearing aid manufacturers will partner with financing companies to make the device more affordable and also have hearing aids in a number of prices. If you’ve started exploring the bargain bin for hearing aids because you’ve already decided that really good effective models are out of reach, it could have serious health consequences.
Tip #2: Find out what your insurance will cover
Some or even all of the cost of hearing aids might be covered by your insurance. As a matter of fact, some states require that insurance cover them for both kids and adults. It never hurts to ask. There are government programs that frequently supply hearing aids for veterans.
Tip #3: Your hearing loss is unique – choose hearing aids that can calibrate to your hearing situation
Hearing aids are, in some ways, similar to prescription glasses. The frame is fairly universal (depending on your sense of style, of course), but the prescription is adjusted for your specific needs. Hearing aids, too, have specific settings, which we can calibrate for you, tailored to your precise needs.
You’re not going to get the same benefits by grabbing some cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf (or any helpful results at all in many instances). These amplification devices increase all frequencies rather than boosting only the frequencies you’re having trouble with. Why is this so important? Typically, hearing loss will only impact some frequencies while you can hear others perfectly fine. If you raise all frequencies, the ones you have no trouble hearing will be too loud. Simply put, it doesn’t really solve the problem and you’ll end up not using the cheaper device.
Tip #4: Not all hearing aids have the same features
It can be tempting to think that all of the modern technology in a good hearing aid is just “bells and whistles”. The problem is that in order to hear sounds properly (sounds such as, you know, bells and whistles), you likely need some of that technology. Hearing aids have specialized technologies tuned specifically for those with hearing loss. Many modern models have artificial intelligence that helps block out background noise or communicate with each other to help you hear better. Additionally, thinking about where (and why) you’ll be using your aids will help you choose a model that fits your lifestyle.
That technology is essential to compensate for your hearing loss in a healthy way. Hearing aids are a lot more sophisticated than a basic, tiny speaker that amplifies everything. Which brings up our last tip.
Tip #5: A hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid
Alright, repeat after me: a hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid. This is the number one takeaway from this article. Because hearing amplification devices try very hard to make you think they work the same way as a hearing aid for a fraction of the price. But that simply isn’t true.
Let’s break it down. A hearing amplification device:
- Is typically cheaply built.
- Supplies the user with little more than basic volume controls (if that).
- Takes all sounds and makes them louder.
On the other hand, a hearing aid:
- Will help you preserve the health of your hearing.
- Can regulate background noise.
- Has highly qualified specialists that adjust your hearing aids to your hearing loss symptoms.
- Is calibrated to amplify only the frequencies you have trouble hearing.
- Has batteries that are long lasting.
- Can achieve maximum comfort by being shaped to your ear.
- Can be programed to recognize distinct sound profiles, like the human voice, and amplify them.
- Has the ability to adjust settings when you change locations.
Your hearing deserves better than cheap
Everyone has a budget, and that budget is going to limit your hearing aid choices regardless of what price range you’re looking in.
This is why an affordable option tends to be the emphasis. When it comes to hearing loss, the long term advantages of hearing loss management and hearing aids is well recognized. This is why an affordable solution is where your attention should be. Just remember that your hearing deserves better than “cheap.”