It just feels great to save money, 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 criteria, to always go for the least expensive option, to let your coupons make your buying decisions for you. But chasing a bargain when it comes to buying hearing aids can be a big oversight.
If you need hearing aids to manage hearing loss, choosing the “cheapest” option can have health repercussions. After all, the entire point of using hearing aids is to be able to hear well and to prevent health problems related to hearing loss including cognitive decline, depression, and an increased risk of falls. The key is to choose the hearing aid that best fits your lifestyle, your hearing requirements, and your budget.
Tips for finding affordable hearing aids
Cheap and affordable aren’t necessarily the same thing. Keep an eye on affordability and functionality. That will help you get the best hearing aid possible for your personal budget. These are helpful tips.
You can find affordable hearing aids.
Hearing aids have a reputation for taking a toll on your wallet, a reputation, though, is not necessarily represented by reality. Most hearing aid makers will partner up with financing companies to make the device more affordable and also have hearing aids in a wide range of prices. If you’ve already made the decision that the most effective 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 lasting, negative 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 requiring insurance companies to cover hearing aids for kids or adults. Asking never hurts. If you’re a veteran, you might be eligible for hearing aids through government programs.
Tip #3: Look for hearing aids that can be tuned to your hearing loss
In some aspects, your hearing aids are a lot like prescription glasses. The frame is rather universal (depending on your sense of fashion, of course), but the prescription is calibrated for your specific needs. Hearing aids, too, have distinct settings, which we can tune for you, tailored to your precise needs.
You won’t get the same benefits by grabbing some cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf (or any helpful results at all in many cases). These are more like amplifiers that raise the sound of all frequencies, not only the ones you’re having problems hearing. Why is this so significant? Hearing loss is usually uneven, you can hear certain frequencies and voices, but not others. If you raise the volume enough to hear the frequencies that are low, you’ll make it uncomfortable in the frequencies you can hear without amplification. In other words, it doesn’t really solve the problem and you’ll end up not using the cheaper device.
Tip #4: Different hearing aids have different functions
There’s a temptation to view all of the amazing technology in modern hearing aids and imagine that it’s all extra, simply bells and whistles. The problem with this idea is that if you wish to hear sounds clearly (sounds like, you know, bells and whistles), you likely need some of that technology. Hearing aids have innovative technologies tuned specifically for people with hearing loss. Many modern designs have artificial intelligence that helps block out background noise or connect with each other to help you hear better. In addition, considering where (and why) you’ll be using your aids will help you select a model that fits your lifestyle.
That technology is essential to compensate for your hearing loss in a healthy way. Hearing aids are a lot more advanced than a simple, tiny speaker that boosts the volume of 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 most important takeaway from this article. Because the providers of amplification devices have a monetary interest in persuading the consumer that their devices work like hearing aids. But that’s untruthful marketing.
Let’s have a closer look. An amplifier:
- Is usually built cheaply.
- Turns the volume up on all sounds.
- Gives the user the ability to adjust the basic volume but that’s about all.
A hearing aid, conversely:
- Will help you maintain the health of your hearing.
- Can pick out and boost specific sound categories (like the human voice).
- Can limit background noise.
- Increases the frequencies that you have a difficult time hearing and leaves the frequencies you can hear alone.
- Can achieve maximum comfort by being molded to your ear.
- Has the capability to adjust settings when you change locations.
- Is set up specifically to your hearing loss symptoms by a highly skilled hearing professional.
- Has batteries that are long lasting.
Your hearing deserves better than cheap
No matter what your budget is, that budget will determine your options depending on your general price range.
This is why an affordable option tends to be the focus. When it comes to hearing loss, the long term benefits of hearing loss management and hearing aids is well documented. That’s why you should concentrate on an affordable solution. Just remember that your hearing deserves better than “cheap.”