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When Choosing a Hearing Aid, What Should You Look For?

Woman suffering from hearing loss choosing a hearing aid.

If you’ve decided that you need to purchase hearing aids, what will you do next? Hearing aids will soon become an essential part of your life, so finding the right kind makes a difference. If you find some hearing aids that are only available from the internet, then you can be sure they are likely to be pretty flimsy. Only you can decide how much you are prepared 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 Knockoffs Are Not Actually Hearing Aids

Even though 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 work very well. Batteries will be expensive if you need to replace them all the time.

These low-quality devices will amplify sound, which is one basic feature of hearing aids but they don’t do anything else. Modern, high-quality digital hearing aids combine various technologies to create a device which can be customized to your exact needs. You will miss out on some important features if you decide to purchase a cheap internet device.

Your new hearing aids are an investment in your future and you need to see them that way. It’s great to try to find a bargain, but not when it concerns something that affects every facet of your life like your hearing. Be sure to get the hearing aids you really need. Even if you can’t afford them there might be other solutions.

Digital Vs. Analog

A higher quality, more reliable sound is delivered by digital hearing aids and they’re more consistent also. If you run across analog hearing aids, move on and look at the digital units, instead.

If you shop at a reputable hearing aid retailer, all of the units will be digital. You need to 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 process. With analog hearing aids, the quality of the sound is very inconsistent.

Choosing The Ideal Features

Features and style are the two elements of hearing aid shopping. You want a comfortable style that offers features that make your life better. Some common features to consider include:

  • Remote controls
  • Synchronization
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • Telecoils
  • Direct audio input
  • Variable programming
  • Directional microphones
  • Environmental noise control
  • Noise reduction
  • Rechargeable batteries

Take Into Consideration The Different Styles

When you start researching hearing aids, you’ll find out that there are many styles on the market. That is great news because it means there is undoubtedly a style that will be ideal for your needs. Some of the different styles are:

  • Open Fit
  • In-the-Ear (ITE)
  • Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE)
  • Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
  • Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)
  • In-the-Ear (ITE)

fairly obvious description of each style is given by the names. BTE means “behind the ear” and that’s just where it goes. An ear-mold rests at the ear’s opening and has clear tubing which connects it to the BTE.

Did you already work out that ITE hearing aids go “inside of the ear”? This device is at the opening of the ear canal and is just one unit. There is nothing behind the ear. ITC devices are very similar but they go deeper inside the ear, making them harder to see.

RIC devices and RIE devices have a “receiver in the canal” and a “receiver in the ear” respectively, which are then connected to a unit behind the ear. Both styles are generally less conspicuous than BTE hearing aids.

Rather than having ear-molds, open fit devices, which are a kind of BTE, have a thin tube that goes into the ear canal. If you can’t deal with the feeling of having something stuck inside your ear, this style is a good choice for you.

After going over all of these options, it’s time to choose which style and options will fit your needs the most. To give an example, if you use your phone or a computer a lot, you will want a device that has Bluetooth capabilities. You will save money on replacement batteries if you get a model with a rechargeable battery and a telecoil is ideal 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 purchase your hearing aids. Truthfully, when it comes to hearing aids, you can’t be sure until you try them, so having the chance to try them for a while helps.

A good warranty will come with a quality hearing aid, so don’t overlook that. What’s covered? Some will only pay for replacement parts, some cover the labor, also, and how about a new hearing aid if can’t be fixed?

Schedule an appointment with a hearing professional for a checkup and hearing test before you buy your hearing aids. Your hearing trouble may not even require hearing aids.

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