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Finding a bargain just feels good, right? It can be invigorating when you’ve found a good deal on something, and the larger discount, the more pleased you are. So letting your coupon make your shopping choices for you, always looking for the least expensive products, is all too easy. But chasing a bargain when it comes to purchasing hearing aids can be a big oversight.

If you require hearing aids to treat hearing loss, going for the “cheapest” option can have health consequences. After all, the entire point of getting hearing aids is to be able to hear clearly and to prevent health problems associated with hearing loss including cognitive decline, depression, and an increased chance of falls. Choosing the correct hearing aid to suit your hearing needs, lifestyle, and budget is the key.

Choosing affordable hearing aids – some tips

Cheap and affordable aren’t always the same thing. Affordability, as well as functionality, are what you should be looking for. That will help you find the best hearing aid possible for your personal budget. These are helpful tips.

Tip #1: Research before you buy: Affordable hearing aids are available

Hearing aids have a reputation for taking a toll on your pocketbook, a reputation, however, is not necessarily represented by reality. Most manufacturers produce hearing aids in a wide range of price points and work with financing companies to make their devices more affordable. If you’ve started searching the bargain bin for hearing aids because you’ve already resolved that really good effective models are out of reach, it could have serious health consequences.

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 mandating insurance companies to cover hearing aids for kids or adults. It never hurts to ask. If you’re a veteran, you might be eligible for hearing aids through government programs.

Tip #3: Find 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 significantly from person to person. Similarly, hearing aids may look alike cosmetically, but each hearing aid is tuned to the individual user’s hearing loss 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 sound of all frequencies, not just the ones you’re having difficulty hearing. Why is this so significant? Normally, hearing loss will only impact some frequencies while you can hear others perfectly. If you raise the volume enough to hear the frequencies that are too quiet, you’ll make it painful in the frequencies you can hear without amplification. Simply put, it doesn’t actually solve the problem and you’ll end 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 just “bells and whistles”. The problem is that if you wish to hear sounds clearly (sounds such as, you know, bells and whistles), you probably need some of that technology. Hearing aids have specialized technologies tuned specifically for those who have hearing loss. Many modern models have artificial intelligence that helps filter 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 crucial to compensate for your hearing loss in a healthy way. A little speaker that turns the volume up on everything is far from the sophistication of a modern hearing aid. And that brings us to our last tip.

Tip #5: An amplification device isn’t the same thing as a hearing aid

Okay, repeat after me: A hearing aid is not the same thing as a hearing amplification device. This is the number one takeaway from this article. Because hearing amplification devices try really hard to make you believe they work the same way as a hearing aid for a fraction of the cost. But that’s dishonest marketing.

Let’s take a closer look. A hearing amplification device:

  • Takes all sounds and turns up their volume.
  • Gives the user the ability to adjust the basic volume but that’s about it.
  • Is usually made cheaply.

Conversely, a hearing aid:

  • Has highly skilled specialists that program your hearing aids to your hearing loss symptoms.
  • Can be programmed with different settings for different locations.
  • Is tuned to amplify only the frequencies you have trouble hearing.
  • Has long-lasting batteries.
  • Can be programed to recognize specific sound profiles, like the human voice, and amplify them.
  • Can reduce background noise.
  • Will help safeguard your hearing health.
  • Can be molded specifically to your ears for optimal comfort.

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 highlight the affordable part of this. The long-term benefits of hearing aids and hearing loss management are well recognized. This is why an affordable solution is what your focus should be. Just remember that your hearing deserves better than “cheap.”

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