You already recognize that you need to get hearing aids, so now what? Hearing aids will soon become an essential part of your life so purchase wisely. If you find some hearing aids that are only available on the internet, then you can be fairly certain that they are probably pretty flimsy. Only you know how much you can afford to spend and what quality of hearing aids you are willing to invest in. When shopping for hearing aids, what sacrifices are you willing to make.
Cheap Internet Imitations Are Not Actually Hearing Aids
Although they seem to be a bargain, those internet hearing assistance devices will end up costing you more over time. They are very low-quality and don’t perform very well. Batteries can get expensive when you need to replace them all the time.
These low-quality devices will help amplify sound, which is the basic feature of hearing aids but they don’t do anything else. Customization to your exact needs can be accomplished with the combined technologies found in a modern high-quality digital hearing aid. You will miss out on quite a few important features if you choose to purchase a cheap internet device.
Your new hearing aids are an investment in your future and you need to understand them that way. Hearing impacts every aspect of your life so it’s not the place you want to look to save money. There may be other ways you can get hearing aids if you can’t afford them, so make sure you get what you really need.
Digital Vs. Analog
A higher quality, more dependable sound is produced by digital hearing aids and they’re far more consistent too. Analog units are outdated and are not worth even considering.
It’s likely that all of the hearing aids you find at quality retailers will be digital. You should be careful because analog devices are still in existence if you don’t know what to look for. Low-quality analog signals are what the older hearing aids work with. The sound quality is very inconsistent with old analog devices.
Selecting The Perfect Features
When you go looking for hearing aids think about the two elements which are features and style. You want features that make your life better in a style that is comfortable. A few common features to consider include:
- Variable programming
- Noise reduction
- Direct audio input
- Rechargeable batteries
- Environmental noise control
- Wireless connectivity
- Directional microphones
- Remote controls
Take Into Consideration The Different Styles
There are many styles available, as you will see when you start researching hearing aids. There is most definitely a style that will meet your needs, and that’s the good news. Some of the different styles are:
- In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
- In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE)
- Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)
- Open Fit
To get a fairly good idea of each style just take a look at their names. BTE means “behind the ear” and that’s just where the piece goes. An ear-mold rests at the ear’s opening and has a clear tube which attaches it to the BTE.
As is obvious by its name, ITE devices go “in the ear”. It’s a single unit that rests in the opening of the ear canal. Nothing goes behind the ear. ITC means “in the canal” and they are very similar to ITE’s but ITC’s go further into the ear canal and that means that you don’t see them so much.
RIC and RIE, as the name implies, have a receiver unit that sits in the ear and then connects by a wire to a piece behind it. These types of hearing aids are not as obvious as a BTE.
Instead of having ear-molds, open fit units, which are a type of BTE, have a little tube that goes into the ear canal. Having something inside the ear is unpleasant for some people. When this is the situation, an open fit device, which has a little tube going into the ear from a BTE, would be the best choice.
Your job is to go over each of these options and decide which of them is most important to you. As an example, if you use your phone or a computer regularly, you will want a device that has Bluetooth capability. Rechargeable batteries save you money on replacement batteries and telecoil is great if you have to listen to lectures or seminars a lot.
Lastly, Your Buying Options Should be Considered
You should go to a qualified retailer to buy your hearing aids, one that custom fits the devices and offers a free trial period. The fact is, when it comes to hearing aids, you can’t be certain until you try them, so having the chance to try them for a while helps.
A quality hearing aid will come with a good warranty so be sure to look into that as well. What’s covered? Will you get a new hearing aid if something goes wrong or will the warranty only cover parts and possibly labor?
Make an appointment with a hearing specialist for a checkup and hearing test before you purchase your hearing aids. Some changes in your hearing don’t require hearing aids.