Saving money just feels great, right? It can be invigorating when you’ve found a great deal on something, and the bigger discount, the more satisfied you are. So letting your coupon make your shopping decisions for you, always going after the least expensive items, is all too easy. When it comes to buying a pair of hearing aids, going after a bargain can be a huge oversight.
If you require hearing aids to treat hearing loss, choosing the “cheapest” option can have health repercussions. After all, the whole point of using hearing aids is to be able to hear well and to prevent health problems related to hearing loss like mental decline, depression, and an increased chance of falls. The key is to find the hearing aid that best fits your lifestyle, your hearing requirements, and your budget.
Tips for picking affordable hearing aids
Affordable is not equivalent cheap. Keep an eye on affordability as well as 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 are helpful tips.
Tip #1: Research before you buy: Affordable hearing aids are available
Hearing aid’s reputation for being extremely expensive 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 inclined to search the bargain bin than seek out affordable and effective options, and that can have a lasting, negative affect on your hearing and overall health.
Tip #2: Find out what your insurance will cover
Some or even all of the cost of hearing aids may be covered by your insurance. Some states, in fact, have laws mandating insurance companies to cover hearing aids for kids or adults. It never hurts to ask. There are government programs that frequently provide hearing aids for veterans.
Tip #3: Look for hearing aids that can be calibrated to your hearing loss
Hearing aids are, in some ways, similar to prescription glasses. Depending on your sense of style, the frame comes in a few choices, but the exact prescription differs considerably from person to person. Hearing aids, too, have specific settings, which we can calibrate for you, tailored to your exact needs.
You won’t get the same benefits by grabbing some cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf (or any useful results at all in many cases). These are more like amplification devices that increase the volume of all frequencies, not just the ones you’re having problems hearing. Why is this so significant? Hearing loss is usually irregular, 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. 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 believe 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 clearly. Hearing aids have specialized technologies calibrated specifically for people who have 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 choose 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 cranks the volume up on everything is far from the sophistication of a modern hearing aid. And that brings up our last tip.
Tip #5: A hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid
Alright, say this with me: A hearing aid is not the same thing as a hearing 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 do the same thing as a hearing aid for a fraction of the cost. But that’s dishonest marketing.
Let’s break it down. A hearing amplification device:
- Gives the user the ability to control the basic volume but that’s about it.
- Turns the volume up on all sounds.
- Is typically cheaply built.
On the other hand, a hearing aid:
- Can be programmed with different settings for different places.
- Has batteries that are long lasting.
- Can pick out and boost specific sound types (such as the human voice).
- Will help you maintain the health of your hearing.
- Increases the frequencies that you have a hard time hearing and leaves the frequencies you can hear alone.
- Can be molded specifically to your ears for maximum comfort.
- Can regulate background noise.
- Has highly skilled specialists that program your hearing aids to your hearing loss symptoms.
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 emphasize the affordable part of this. The long-term benefits of hearing aids and hearing loss management are well documented. That’s why you should concentrate on an affordable solution. Just remember that your hearing deserves better than “cheap.”