If you’ve decided that you need to invest in hearing aids, what’s your next move? Hearing aids are soon to become an essential part of your life so purchase wisely. If you find some hearing aids which are only available on the internet, then you can be sure they are probably pretty flimsy. Only you can decide how much you are prepared to spend and what quality of hearing aids you are willing to purchase. When shopping for hearing aids, there are some sacrifices that you should be ok with, but is your hearing one of them?
Those Internet Imitations
Internet hearing assistance devices are not really the bargain they would appear to be. They don’t get the job done very well or very efficiently. The money you save on the device itself, you end up losing because you have to continuously replace the batteries, and you will replace them a lot.
Amplifying sound is the only thing these low-quality devices do. Customization to your specific needs can be accomplished with the combined technologies found inside of a modern high-quality digital hearing aid. You will miss out on quite a few essential features if you decide to buy a cheap internet device.
You need to see your new hearing aids for what they are – an investment in your future. Hearing impacts every aspect of your life so it’s not the place to try and save money. Be sure to get the hearing aids you really need. Even if you can’t afford them there could be other solutions.
Digital Vs. Analog
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 consult with a reputable hearing aid seller, all of the hearing aids will be digital. You have 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 work with. The sound quality is very inconsistent with analog devices.
Finding The Perfect 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. Some standard features to consider include:
- Environmental noise control
- Remote controls
- Variable programming
- Directional microphones
- Noise reduction
- Rechargeable batteries
- Direct audio input
- Wireless connectivity
Take Into Consideration The Different Styles
There are many styles available, as you will see when you start researching hearing aids. That is good news since it means that there is surely a style that will be ideal for your needs. Some of the different styles are:
- Open Fit
- In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)
- In-the-Ear (ITE)
- Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE)
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
To get a pretty good idea of each style just take a look at their names. BTE means “behind the ear” and that’s just where it goes. A clear piece of tubing attaches the BTE to an ear-mold which rests in the opening of the ear canal.
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 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 don’t see them so much.
RIC and RIE, as the name implies, have a receiver unit that sits in the ear and connects by a wire to a piece that attaches behind it. 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. This format is a good choice for people who don’t like the feel of something stuck in their ear.
Thinking about all of these options, it’s time to determine which style and options will best fit your needs. Bluetooth capability, for example, is a feature you would want if you talk on your phone or a computer frequently. If you listen to seminars and lectures, telecoil is an excellent way to go and you won’t have to keep shelling out money for new batteries if you get a hearing aid with a rechargeable one.
Lastly, Your Buying Options Should be Considered
A certified retailer that has a free trial period and offers custom fitting is the best place to get your new hearing aids. Having the opportunity to try out your new hearing aids before you purchase them will give you confidence that you are making the best decision.
You should also look closely at the warranty that comes with the hearing aids. What does it cover? Some pay only for replacement parts, some cover the labor, also, and how about a new hearing aid if something goes wrong?
Schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist for a checkup and hearing test before you buy your hearing aids. Your hearing issue might not call for hearing aids.