It just feels great to find a bargain, right? It can be exhilarating when you’ve found a great deal on something, and the larger discount, the more satisfied you are. So letting your coupon make your buying decisions for you, always going after the least expensive products, is all too easy. But going after a bargain when it comes to buying hearing aids can be a big mistake.
Health repercussions can result from choosing the cheapest option if you require hearing aids to manage hearing loss. Preventing the development of health problems such as depression, dementia, and the risk of a fall is the entire point of using hearing aids after all. Finding the correct hearing aid to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget is the trick.
Finding affordable hearing aids – some tips
Cheap and affordable aren’t necessarily the same thing. Affordability, as well as functionality, are what you should be looking for. This will help you keep within your budget while allowing you to get the correct hearing aids for your personal needs and budget. These tips will help.
You can find affordable hearing aids.
Hearing aids have a reputation for taking a toll on your pocketbook, a reputation, however, is not always represented by reality. Most 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 started searching the bargain bin for hearing aids because you’ve already decided that really good effective models are out of reach, it could have serious health consequences.
Tip #2: Ask what’s covered
Some or even all of the expense of hearing aids might be covered by your insurance. As a matter of fact, some states mandate that insurance cover them for both children and 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
Hearing aids are, in some aspects, similar to prescription glasses. The frame is pretty universal (depending on your sense of style, of course), but the prescription is adjusted for your particular needs. Hearing aids, too, have specific settings, which we can tune for you, personalized to your precise needs.
Buying a cheap hearing device from the clearance shelf won’t give you the same benefits (or, in many instances, results that are even slightly useful). These amplification devices increase all frequencies instead of raising only the frequencies you’re having trouble with. What’s the significance of this? Normally, hearing loss will only impact some frequencies while you can hear others perfectly. If you boost all frequencies, the ones you have no problem hearing will be too loud. Simply put, it doesn’t really solve the problem and you’ll wind up not using the cheaper device.
Tip #4: Different hearing aids have different functions
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. The sophisticated technology in hearing aids can be dialed in to the user’s level of hearing loss. Background sound can be blocked out with many of these modern models and some can connect with each other. Also, selecting a model that fits your lifestyle will be simpler if you consider where (and why) you’ll be using your hearing aids.
That technology is crucial 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: An amplification device is not the same thing as a hearing aid
Okay, repeat after me: a hearing amplification device is not a hearing aid. If you get nothing else from this article, we hope it’s that. Because the makers of amplification devices have a financial interest in persuading the consumer that their devices work like hearing aids. But that just isn’t true.
Let’s take a closer look. An amplifier:
- Takes all sounds and turns up their volume.
- Supplies the user with little more than basic volume controls (if that).
- Is typically built cheaply.
On the other hand, a hearing aid:
- Can be shaped specifically to your ears for maximum comfort.
- Increases the frequencies that you have a hard time hearing and leaves the frequencies you can hear alone.
- Can regulate background noise.
- Has batteries that are long lasting.
- Is adjusted specifically to your hearing loss symptoms by a highly skilled hearing specialist.
- Will help protect your hearing health.
- Can be programmed with different settings for different places.
- Can pick out and boost specific sound categories (such as the human voice).
Your ability to hear is too important to go cheap
No matter what your budget is, that budget will restrict your options depending on your overall price range.
That’s why we normally emphasize the affordable part of this. When it comes to hearing loss, the long term benefits of hearing loss management and hearing aids is well recognized. This is why an affordable solution is where your attention should be. Just remember that your hearing deserves better than “cheap.”