If you’ve recognized that you need to buy hearing aids, what will you do next? Hearing aids will soon become an essential part of your life so choose wisely. Quality hearing aids can be purchased from a hearing aid specialist, while the cheaper flimsy ones can be found only on the internet. Only you can decide how much you can afford to spend and what quality of hearing aids you are willing to invest in. When you are shopping for hearing aids, there are some sacrifices that you should be ok with, but is your hearing one of them?
Cheap Internet Knockoffs Are Not Really Hearing Aids
Despite the fact that they seem to be a bargain, those internet hearing assistance devices will wind up costing you more. They are not really efficient and they don’t work that well. The money you save on the device itself, you lose by having to continuously replace the batteries, and you will replace them a lot.
Amplifying sound is the only thing these poor-quality devices do. Modern, top quality digital hearing aids incorporate different technologies to deliver a device customized to your needs. Several important features will be sacrificed if you choose to get a cheap online device.
You need to understand that your new hearing aids are an investment in your future. It’s great to try to stretch your budget, but it’s not a good idea when it comes to something that affects every aspect of your life like your hearing. If you are unable to afford quality hearing aids, there might be other ways for you to get them, so don’t settle for something that is less than what you really need.
Analog Vs. Digital
Digital hearing aids deliver better quality sound that is more reliable. If you come across analog hearing aids, move on and shop for the digital units, instead.
Reputable retailers don’t even have analog devices at this time. You need to be careful because analog devices are still in existence if you don’t know what to look for. Analog means the type of signal the hearing aid gets and the quality. With analog hearing aids, the quality of the sound is very inconsistent.
Choosing The Ideal Features
Features and style are the two factors of hearing aid shopping. You want a comfortable style that comes with features that make your life easier. A few common features to consider include:
- Remote controls
- Rechargeable batteries
- Variable programming
- Noise reduction
- Environmental noise control
- Directional microphones
- Wireless connectivity
- Direct audio input
Take Into Consideration The Different Styles
You will see, when you start researching hearing aids, that there are many styles to pick from. Thankfully, there are so many styles to choose from that finding a style that works for your needs is almost guaranteed. The various styles of hearing aids include:
- In-the-Ear (ITE)
- In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Open Fit
- Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)
- Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE)
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
The names provide a pretty good definition for each style. BTE means “behind the ear” and that’s just where it goes. It attaches to clear tubing and an ear-mold that sits at the opening of the ear canal.
Did you already figure out that ITE devices go “inside of the ear”? This device goes at the opening of the ear canal and is just one unit. There is nothing behind the ear. ITC indicates “in the canal” and they are very much like ITE’s but ITC’s go further into the ear canal and that means that you can’t see them so much.
RIC devices and RIE hearing aids have a “receiver in the canal” and a “receiver in the ear” respectively, which are then connected to a piece behind the ear. Both styles are generally less conspicuous than BTE hearing aids.
Finally, open fit units are BTE devices but instead of connecting to an ear-mold, a tiny tube goes into the ear canal. Having something inside the ear is uncomfortable for some people. When this is the case, an open fit model, which has a little tube going into the ear from a BTE, would be the best choice.
When you’ve taken all of these styles and options into consideration, it’s time to choose the one that will best fit your needs. For instance, if you use your phone or a computer a lot, you will probably want a device that has Bluetooth capability. You will save money on replacement batteries if you get a model with a rechargeable battery and a telecoil is great for listening to lectures or seminars.
Finally, Consider Your Buying Options
Most qualified retailers will custom fit the device and give a free trial period. That’s where you want to go to buy your hearing aids. Having the opportunity to try your new hearing aids before you purchase them will give you confidence that you are making the correct choice.
A good warranty will come with a quality hearing aid, so don’t overlook that. What kind of coverage does it come with? Some will only pay for replacement parts, some cover the labor, as well, and how about a new hearing aid if something goes wrong?
Before picking out hearing aids schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional for a checkup and hearing test, also. Your hearing issue might not even call for hearing aids.