Affordable or Cheap Hearing Aids – What’s the Difference?

Display of over the counter hearing aids at a pharmacy.

Finding a bargain just feels great, right? Getting a good deal can be invigorating, and more rewarding the better the bargain. So letting your coupon make your buying decisions for you, always looking for the least expensive products, is all too easy. But going after a bargain when it comes to buying hearing aids can be a big oversight.

Health consequences can result from choosing the cheapest option if you need hearing aids to treat hearing loss. Preventing the development of health problems like depression, dementia, and the risk of a fall is the whole point of using hearing aids after all. Finding the right hearing aid to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget is the key.

Finding 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 find 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 very pricey is not always reflected in the reality of the situation. The majority of manufacturers sell hearing aids in a broad range of price points and work with financing companies to make their devices more budget friendly. If you’ve already decided that the most effective hearing aids are too expensive, you’re probably more likely to search the bargain bin than look for affordable and effective options, and that can have a lasting, harmful affect on your hearing and overall health.

Tip #2: Ask what’s covered

Some or even all of the expense of hearing aids might be covered by your insurance. Some states, in fact, have laws requiring insurance companies to cover hearing aids for children or adults. It never hurts to ask. If you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for hearing aids through government programs.

Tip #3: Your hearing loss is unique – find hearing aids that can tune to your hearing needs

Hearing aids are, in some aspects, similar to prescription glasses. The frame is fairly universal (depending on your sense of style, of course), but the prescription is calibrated for your specific needs. Similarly, hearing aids might look alike cosmetically, but each hearing aid is calibrated to the individual user’s hearing loss needs.

Buying a cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf is not going to give you the same results (or any helpful results at all in many cases). These amplification devices increase all frequencies rather than boosting only the frequencies you’re having trouble with. What’s the significance of this? Normally, hearing loss will only affect some frequencies while you can hear others perfectly. If you make it loud enough to hear the frequencies that are too quiet, you’ll make it painful in the frequencies you can hear without a device. You will most likely end up not using this cheap amplification device because it doesn’t resolve 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. But you will need some of that technology to hear sounds properly. The specialized technology in hearing aids can be tuned in to the user’s level of hearing loss. Background noise can be filtered out with many of these modern designs and some can communicate with each other. Also, choosing a model that fits your lifestyle will be simpler if you take into account where (and why) you’ll be using your hearing aids.

That technology is necessary to compensate for your hearing loss in a healthy way. A little speaker that cranks 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

Alright, repeat after me: A hearing aid is not the same thing as an amplification device. If you take nothing else away from this article, we hope it’s that. 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 cost. But that just isn’t true.

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

  • Takes all sounds and turns up their volume.
  • Gives the user the ability to control the basic volume but that’s about it.
  • Is often cheaply built.

On the other hand, a hearing aid:

  • Can be programed to identify specific sound profiles, like the human voice, and amplify them.
  • Can be molded specifically to your ears for optimal comfort.
  • Has highly qualified specialists that program your hearing aids to your hearing loss symptoms.
  • Can limit background noise.
  • Will help you preserve the health of your hearing.
  • Can be programmed with various settings for different places.
  • Increases the frequencies that you have a difficult time hearing and leaves the frequencies you can hear alone.
  • Has batteries that are long lasting.

Your ability to hear is too crucial to go cheap

Regardless of what your budget is, that budget will determine your options depending on your overall price range.

This is why an affordable solution tends to be the focus. The long-term advantages of hearing aids and hearing loss management are well recognized. That’s why you should concentrate on an affordable solution. Don’t forget, cheap is less than your hearing deserves.”

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