Saving money just feels good, right? Getting a good deal can be thrilling, and more gratifying the better the deal. It’s a little too easy, then, to make the price your primary consideration, to always choose the least expensive option, to let your coupons make your buying decisions for you. When it comes to investing in a pair of hearing aids, going after a bargain can be a huge mistake.
Health consequences can result from going for the cheapest option if you need hearing aids to manage hearing loss. After all, the entire point of using hearing aids is to be able to hear clearly and to prevent health problems associated with hearing loss including cognitive decline, depression, and an increased risk of falls. The key is to find the hearing aid that best fits your lifestyle, your hearing needs, and your budget.
Choosing affordable hearing aids – some tips
Affordable is not equivalent cheap. Look for affordability and functionality. This will help you stay within your budget while allowing you to get the correct hearing aids for your personal requirements and budget. These tips will help.
You can find affordable hearing aids.
Hearing aid’s reputation for being extremely expensive is not always reflected in the reality of the situation. Most hearing aid makers will partner up with financing companies to make the device more budget friendly and also have hearing aids in a wide range of prices. If you’ve already decided that the most effective hearing aids are too expensive, you’re probably more inclined to search the bargain bin than seek out affordable and effective options, and that can have a long-term, harmful impact on your hearing and overall health.
Tip #2: Ask what’s covered
Insurance may cover some or all of the expenses associated with getting a hearing aid. In fact, some states mandate that insurance cover them for both children 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 needs
In some aspects, your hearing aids are similar to prescription glasses. The frame is rather universal (depending on your sense of fashion, of course), but the prescription is adjusted for your particular needs. Hearing aids, too, have specific settings, which we can tune for you, tailored to your exact needs.
You’re not going to get the same results by grabbing some cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf (or any useful results at all in many instances). These amplification devices increase all frequencies instead of raising only the frequencies you’re having trouble with. Why is this so important? Hearing loss is often irregular, you can hear certain frequencies and voices, but not others. If you make it loud enough to hear the frequencies that are too quiet, you’ll make it uncomfortable in the frequencies you can hear without a device. You will probably end up not using this cheap amplification device because it doesn’t resolve your real issue.
Tip #4: Not all hearing aids do the same things
It can be tempting to believe that all of the modern technology in a good hearing aid is simply “bells and whistles”. But you will need some of that technology to hear sounds properly. Hearing aids have innovative technologies calibrated specifically for those with hearing loss. Background sound can be blocked out with many of these modern designs and some can connect with each other. Also, choosing a model that fits your lifestyle will be simpler if you consider 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. A little speaker that turns the volume up on everything is far from the sophistication of a modern hearing aid. Which brings us to our last tip.
Tip #5: An amplification device isn’t the same thing as a hearing aid
Alright, say this with me: a hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid. This is the number one takeaway from this article. Because the manufacturers of amplification devices have a financial interest in convincing the consumer that their devices work like hearing aids. But that simply isn’t the case.
Let’s break it down. A hearing amplification device:
- Turns up the volume on all sounds.
- Is typically made cheaply.
- Gives the user the ability to adjust the basic volume but that’s about it.
On the other hand, a hearing aid:
- Can minimize background noise.
- Can be programmed with different settings for different places.
- Has long-lasting batteries.
- Can identify and amplify specific sound categories (such as the human voice).
- Can be shaped specifically to your ears for optimal comfort.
- Is calibrated to amplify only the frequencies you have a hard time hearing.
- Has highly qualified professionals that adjust your hearing aids to your hearing loss symptoms.
- Will help safeguard your hearing health.
Your ability to hear is too important to go cheap
Everyone has a budget, and that budget is going to limit your hearing aid options regardless of what price range you’re looking in.
That’s why we often highlight the affordable part of this. When it comes to hearing loss, the long term advantages of hearing loss management and hearing aids is well documented. This is why an affordable solution is where your attention should be. Just remember that your hearing deserves better than “cheap.”