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Woman suffering from hearing loss choosing a hearing aid.

What is the next move when you’ve recognized that you need to get hearing aids? Finding the right hearing aids is an important decision since they will become such a major part of your life. High-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 searching for hearing aids, what sacrifices are you willing to make.

Cheap Internet Imitations Are Not Actually Hearing Aids

Despite the fact that they seem to be a bargain, those internet hearing assistance devices will end up costing you more over time. They are very poor in quality and don’t work very well. What you save on the device itself, you lose by having to continuously replace the batteries, and you will replace them a lot.

These cheap devices will help amplify sound, which is one basic feature of hearing aids but that’s all they do. You get a number of different technologies in a modern high-quality hearing aid which can be customized to your specific needs. You will miss out on some important features if you choose to buy a cheap internet device.

You have to appreciate your new hearing aids for what they are – an investment in your future. Hearing impacts every facet of your life so it’s not the place to try and save money. Be certain to get the hearing aids you actually need. Even if you can’t afford them there might be other solutions.

Analog Vs. Digital

Digital hearing aids offer higher quality sound that is more dependable. It’s not even worth spending the time to consider analog units.

If you shop at a reputable hearing aid seller, all of the units will be digital. It’s worthwhile to recognize analog devices are still out there, though, and to understand the difference. Low-quality analog signals are what the older hearing aids process. With analog hearing aids, the quality of the sound isn’t consistent.

Finding The Ideal Features

There are actually two aspects to hearing aid shopping: features and style. You want features that make your life easier in a style that is comfortable. A few common features to think about include:

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

Consider the Styles

When you start researching hearing aids, you’ll see there are many styles available to you. There is undoubtedly a style that will meet your needs, and that’s the good news. Some of the different styles are:

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

fairly obvious definition of each style is offered by the names. BTE hearing aids include a piece that sits behind the ear. An ear-mold sits at the ear’s opening and has a clear tube which attaches it to the BTE.

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 only one unit. There is nothing that goes behind the ear. ITC means “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 devices have a “receiver in the canal” and a “receiver in the ear” respectively, which are then connected to a unit behind the ear. These hearing aids are not as obvious as a BTE.

Lastly, open fit units are BTE devices but rather than connecting to an ear-mold, a tiny tube goes into the ear canal. Having something inside the ear is unpleasant for some people. If this is the situation, 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 account, it’s time to choose the one that would best fit your needs. For instance, if you use your phone or a computer a lot, you will want a device that has Bluetooth capability. You can 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

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 a chance to try your new hearing aids before you buy them will give you confidence that you are making the right decision.

A quality hearing aid has a good warranty so make sure you check that out as well. What’s covered? Some pay only for replacement parts, some cover the labor, also, and what about a new hearing aid if can’t be fixed?

Make an appointment with a hearing specialist for a checkup and hearing test before you buy your hearing aids. There could be many reasons you might notice a change in your hearing and they don’t all require hearing aids.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.