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

Display of over the counter hearing aids at a pharmacy.

Finding a bargain just feels good, right? It can be exhilarating when you’ve found a good deal on something, and the bigger discount, the more pleased you are. It’s a little too easy, then, to make the price your main consideration, to always choose the least expensive option, to let your coupons make your buying choices for you. When it comes to purchasing a pair of hearing aids, going after a bargain can be a huge oversight.

If you need hearing aids to treat hearing loss, choosing the “cheapest” option can have health consequences. After all, the entire point of getting hearing aids is to be able to hear clearly and to prevent health issues related to hearing loss like cognitive decline, depression, and an increased chance of falls. Finding the correct hearing aid to fit your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget is the key.

Tips for finding affordable hearing aids

Cheap and affordable aren’t necessarily the same thing. Affordability, and functionality, are what you should be looking for. This will help you stay within your budget while allowing you to find the correct hearing aids for your personal needs and budget. These tips will help.

Tip #1: Research before you buy: Affordable hearing aids exist

Hearing aid’s reputation for being very expensive is not always reflected in the reality of the situation. The majority of manufacturers produce hearing aids in a broad range of price points and work with financing companies to make their devices more affordable. If you’ve already decided that the most reliable hearing aids are too expensive, you’re probably more inclined to search the bargain bin than look for affordable and effective options, and that can have a lasting, detrimental affect on your hearing and overall health.

Tip #2: Find out what your insurance will cover

Insurance may cover some or all of the costs associated with getting a hearing aid. Some states, in fact, have laws mandating insurance companies to cover hearing aids for children or adults. It never hurts to ask. There are government programs that often provide hearing aids for veterans.

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

In some ways, your hearing aids are a lot like prescription glasses. The frame is fairly universal (depending on your sense of fashion, of course), but the prescription is adjusted for your particular needs. Similarly, hearing aids might look alike cosmetically, but each hearing aid is calibrated to the individual user’s hearing loss needs.

You’re won’t get the same benefits by grabbing some cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf (or, in many instances, results that are even remotely useful). These are more like amplifiers that increase the sound of all frequencies, not only the ones you’re having difficulty hearing. Why is this so significant? Normally, hearing loss will only affect some frequencies while you can hear others perfectly fine. If you boost all frequencies, the ones you have no trouble 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 do the same things

It can be tempting to think that all of the modern technology in a quality hearing aid is simply “bells and whistles”. But you will need some of that technology to hear sounds properly. Hearing aids have specialized technologies tuned specifically for people with hearing loss. Background noise can be blocked out with many of these modern designs and some can communicate with each other. In addition, considering where (and why) you’ll be using your aids will help you decide on a model that fits your lifestyle.

It’s essential, in order to compensate for your hearing loss in an efficient way, that you have some of this technology. A tiny speaker that turns the volume up on everything is far from the sophistication of a modern hearing aid. Which brings up our last tip.

Tip #5: A hearing amplification device isn’t a hearing aid

Okay, repeat after me: a hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid. This is the most important takeaway from this article. Because hearing amplification devices try very hard to make you think they do the same thing as a hearing aid for a fraction of the cost. But that simply isn’t true.

Let’s have a closer look. An amplifier:

  • Turns the volume up on all sounds.
  • Gives the user the ability to adjust the basic volume but that’s about all.
  • Is usually made cheaply.

Conversely, a hearing aid:

  • Can pick out and amplify specific sound categories (such as the human voice).
  • Can limit background noise.
  • Boosts the frequencies that you have a tough time hearing and leaves the frequencies you can hear alone.
  • Can achieve maximum comfort by being molded to your ear.
  • Can be programmed with different settings for different locations.
  • Has batteries that are long lasting.
  • Has highly qualified specialists that program your hearing aids to your hearing loss symptoms.
  • Will help protect your hearing health.

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.

This is why an affordable solution tends to be the emphasis. The long-term advantages of hearing aids and hearing loss treatment are well documented. This is why an affordable solution is where your attention should be. Don’t forget, cheap is less than your hearing deserves.”

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