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Woman suffering from hearing loss choosing a hearing aid.

You already recognize that you need hearing aids, so now what? Finding the correct hearing aids is an important choice because they will play a major part in your life. High-quality hearing aids can be purchased from a hearing aid specialist, but the cheaper flimsy ones can only be found on the internet. Only you can decide how much you are prepared to spend and what quality of hearing aids you are willing to purchase. What should you look for when investing in hearing aids?

Cheap Internet Knockoffs Are Not Actually Hearing Aids

Cheap hearing assistance devices are not actually the bargain they would appear to be. They are not very efficient and they don’t work that well. You have to replace dead batteries so often that it winds up costing a lot.

These low-quality devices will amplify sound, which is the basic function of hearing aids but they don’t do anything else. Customization to your specific needs can be accomplished with the combined technologies found inside of a modern high-quality digital hearing aid. You can decide to go cheap and purchase one online but you will lose out on important features.

Your new hearing aids are an investment in your future and you need to understand them that way. It’s great to try to stretch your budget, but it’s not a good idea when it concerns something that impacts every aspect of your life like your hearing. If you are not able to afford quality hearing aids, there might be other ways to get them, so don’t settle for something that is not what you really need.

Digital Vs. Analog

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

It’s likely all of the hearing aids you see at a quality retailer will be digital. If you’re not aware of the difference you might mistake an analog device for a digital. Analog refers to the type of audio signal the hearing aid receives and the quality. With analog hearing aids, the quality of the sound isn’t consistent.

Looking For The Perfect Features

When you go shopping for hearing aids consider 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 think about include:

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

Consider the Styles

When you get started researching hearing aids, you’ll find out that there are many styles available. That is good news because it means there is absolutely a style that will be perfect for your needs. The various styles of hearing aids include:

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

The names provide an apt definition of each style. BTE means “behind the ear” and that’s exactly where the piece goes. It connects to clear tubing and an ear-mold that sits at the opening of the ear canal.

On the other hand, ITE hearing aids sit, as you may have guessed, 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 into the ear, making them harder to see.

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 tend to be less noticeable than BTE hearing aids.

Lastly, open fit units are BTE devices but rather than connecting to an ear-mold, a thin tube goes into the ear canal. If you don’t like the feeling of something in your ear, this style is a smart choice for you.

Looking at all of these options, it’s time to decide which style and options will best fit your needs. For example, Bluetooth is a great feature to have, especially if you talk on your smartphone or computer regularly. Rechargeable batteries save you money on replacement batteries and telecoil is good if you have to listen to lectures or seminars a lot.

Lastly, Your Buying Options Should be Taken Into Consideration

You should go to a qualified retailer to buy your hearing aids, one that custom fits the devices and offers a free trial period. Having the opportunity to try out your new hearing aids before you buy them will give you confidence that you are making the best decision.

You also want to look closely at the warranty which comes with the hearing aids. What’s covered? Some pay only for replacement parts, some cover the labor, as well, and how about a new hearing aid if can’t be fixed?

Before buying hearing aids make an appointment with a hearing care professional for a checkup and hearing test, also. Your hearing trouble might not call for hearing aids.

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