What’s the Difference Between Affordable and Cheap Hearing Aids?

Display of over the counter hearing aids at a pharmacy.

It just feels good to find a bargain, right? Getting a great deal can be exhilarating, and more gratifying the better the bargain. So letting your coupon make your buying decisions for you, always looking for the least expensive items, is all too easy. When it comes to investing in a pair of hearing aids, chasing a bargain can be a huge mistake.

Health repercussions can result from choosing the cheapest option if you need hearing aids to manage hearing loss. Avoiding the development of health problems such as depression, dementia, and the risk of a fall is the whole point of using hearing aids after all. The trick is to choose the hearing aid that best suits your lifestyle, your hearing needs, and your budget.

Picking affordable hearing aids – some tips

Affordable is not equivalent cheap. Affordability, and functionality, are what you should be looking for. This will help you stay within your budget while allowing you to get the ideal hearing aids for your personal requirements and budget. These are helpful tips.

Tip #1: Do your homework: Affordable hearing aids are available

Hearing aid’s reputation for being incredibly pricey is not necessarily reflected in the reality of the situation. Most hearing aid manufacturers will partner up with financing companies to make the device more affordable and also have hearing aids in a number of prices. If you’ve already decided that the most reliable hearing aids are too expensive, you’re probably more likely to search the bargain bin than seek out affordable and reliable options, and that can have a lasting, harmful impact on your hearing and overall health.

Tip #2: Find out what your insurance will cover

Insurance may cover some or all of the expenses related to getting a hearing aid. As a matter of fact, some states mandate that insurance cover them for both children and adults. Asking never hurts. If you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for hearing aids through government programs.

Tip #3: Look for hearing aids that can be calibrated to your hearing loss

In some ways, your hearing aids are a lot like prescription glasses. Depending on your sense of fashion, the frame comes in a few options, but the exact prescription differs greatly from person to person. Hearing aids, too, have distinct settings, which we can calibrate for you, personalized to your exact needs.

Buying a cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf is not going to give you the same benefits (or any useful results at all in many cases). These amplification devices boost all frequencies rather than raising only the frequencies you’re having a hard time hearing. Why is this so significant? Hearing loss is often uneven, you can hear certain frequencies and sounds, but not others. If you boost all frequencies, the ones you have no problem hearing will be too loud. You will most likely end up not using this cheap amplification device because it doesn’t solve your real issue.

Tip #4: Not all hearing aids have the same features

There’s a tendency to look at all of the amazing technology in modern hearing aids and imagine that it’s all extra, just bells and whistles. The problem is that if you wish to hear sounds properly (sounds like, you know, bells and whistles), you most likely need some of that technology. Hearing aids have specialized technologies tuned specifically for those who have hearing loss. Background sound can be blocked out with many of these modern models and some can connect with each other. Also, choosing a model that fits your lifestyle will be easier if you take into account where (and why) you’ll be using your hearing aids.

It’s essential, in order to compensate for your hearing loss in a reliable way, that you have some of this technology. Hearing aids are a lot more advanced than a simple, tiny speaker that amplifies everything. Which brings us to our last tip.

Tip #5: A hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid

Okay, say this with me: A hearing aid is not the same thing as a hearing amplification device. This is the number one takeaway from this article. Because hearing amplification devices try very hard to make you believe they work the same way as a hearing aid for a fraction of the cost. But that just isn’t the case.

Let’s break it down. A hearing amplification device:

  • Supplies the user with little more than simple volume controls (if that).
  • Turns the volume up on all sounds.
  • Is usually built cheaply.

A hearing aid, on the other hand:

  • Is adjusted specifically to your hearing loss symptoms by a highly skilled hearing specialist.
  • Has long-lasting batteries.
  • Can limit background noise.
  • Is calibrated to amplify only the frequencies you have trouble hearing.
  • Will help you preserve the health of your hearing.
  • Has the capability to change settings when you change locations.
  • Can be shaped specifically to your ears for optimal comfort.
  • Can be programed to identify distinct sound profiles, like the human voice, and amplify them.

Your hearing deserves better than cheap

Everyone has a budget, and that budget is going to restrict your hearing aid choices no matter what price range you’re looking in.

That’s why we often emphasize the affordable part of this. When it comes to hearing loss, the long term benefits of hearing loss management and hearing aids is well documented. This is why an affordable solution is what your focus should be. Don’t forget, cheap is less than your hearing deserves.”

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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