Saving money just feels great, right? It can be invigorating when you’ve received a good deal on something, and the larger discount, the more satisfied you are. It’s a little too easy, then, to make the price your primary consideration, to always go for the least expensive option, to let your coupons make your consumer choices for you. But going after a bargain when it comes to purchasing hearing aids can be a big oversight.
If you need hearing aids to treat hearing loss, going for the “cheapest” option can have health consequences. 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 mental decline, depression, and an increased chance of falls. Finding the correct hearing aid to fit your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget is the trick.
Picking affordable hearing aids – some tips
Affordable is not equivalent cheap. Affordability, as well as functionality, are what you should be keeping your eye on. This will help you stay within your budget while enabling you to find the ideal hearing aids for your personal requirements and budget. These tips will help.
Tip #1: Do your homework: Affordable hearing aids exist
Hearing aids have a reputation for taking a toll on your wallet, a reputation, though, is not always represented by reality. The majority of manufacturers produce hearing aids in a wide range of price points and work with financing companies to make their devices more affordable. If you’ve already made the decision that the most reliable hearing aids are too expensive, you’re probably more likely to search the bargain bin than look for affordable and reliable options, and that can have a long-term, harmful impact on your hearing and overall health.
Tip #2: Find out what your insurance will cover
Some or even all of the expense of hearing aids may be covered by your insurance. Actually, some states mandate that insurance cover them for both kids and 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 – choose hearing aids that can tune to your hearing needs
Hearing aids are, in some ways, similar to prescription glasses. Depending on your sense of style, 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, tailored to your precise needs.
You won’t get the same results by grabbing some cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf (or any helpful results at all in many cases). These are more like amplification devices that increase the sound of all frequencies, not only the ones you’re having trouble hearing. Why is this so important? Hearing loss is usually uneven, you can hear certain frequencies and voices, but not others. If you increase 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 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 clearly. The specialized technology in hearing aids can be dialed in to the user’s level of hearing loss. Background noise can be filtered out with many of these modern models and some can connect with each other. Additionally, considering where (and why) you’ll be using your aids will help you decide on a model that fits your lifestyle.
That technology is necessary to compensate for your hearing loss in a healthy way. A tiny speaker that cranks the volume up on everything is far from the sophistication of a modern hearing aid. And that brings us to our last tip.
Tip #5: A hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid
Okay, say this with me: a hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid. If you get nothing else 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 price. But that simply isn’t the case.
Let’s take a closer look. A hearing amplification device:
- Takes all sounds and makes them louder.
- Is often cheaply built.
- Provides the user with little more than basic volume controls (if that).
Conversely, a hearing aid:
- Can identify and amplify specific sound types (like the human voice).
- Is calibrated to amplify only the frequencies you have a hard time hearing.
- Has the ability to adjust settings when you change locations.
- Can be molded specifically to your ears for maximum comfort.
- Has highly qualified specialists that adjust your hearing aids to your hearing loss symptoms.
- Can regulate background noise.
- Will help protect your hearing health.
- Has long-lasting batteries.
Your ability to hear is too crucial to go cheap
No matter what your budget is, that budget will restrict your options depending on your general price range.
That’s why we often highlight the affordable part of this. The long-term benefits of hearing aids and hearing loss treatment are well recognized. This is why an affordable solution is where your attention should be. Don’t forget, cheap is less than your hearing deserves.”