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Woman suffering from hearing loss choosing a hearing aid.

What is the plan when you’ve realized that you need to buy hearing aids? Hearing aids will soon become an important part of your life so purchase wisely. There are different kinds of hearing aids out there including some pretty cheap ones that are found only on the Internet. If you truly think that you can get a quality device for less money from the internet, then the sacrifice is how well you hear, and that’s your decision. What should you expect when investing in hearing aids?

Those Cheap Internet Imitations

Hearing assistance devices which are found on the internet are not really a bargain and their not really hearing aids. They are very poor in quality and don’t work very well. The money you save when you buy the device itself, you lose by having to continuously replace the batteries, and you will replace them a lot.

The only function which these cheaper devices have is sound amplification. Customization to your specific needs can be accomplished with the combined technologies found in a modern quality digital hearing aid. Several essential features will be sacrificed if you choose to purchase a cheap online device.

Your new hearing aids are an investment in your future and you need to see them that way. Hearing impacts every facet of your life so it’s not the place to try and save money. If you can’t afford good quality hearing aids, there may be other ways for you to get them, so don’t settle for something that is not what you really need.

Digital Vs. Analog

A higher quality, more dependable sound is delivered by digital hearing aids and they’re far more consistent also. It’s not even worth spending the time to consider analog units.

It’s likely all of the hearing aids you find at quality retailers will be digital. If you don’t know the difference you may confuse an analog hearing aid for a digital. Low-quality analog signals are what the older hearing aids work with. Analog hearing aids have some major issues with consistent sound quality.

Selecting The Ideal Features

Features and style are the two elements when hearing aid shopping. You want a comfortable style that offers features that make your life easier. A few common features to consider include:

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

Think about the Styles

You will notice, when you begin researching hearing aids, that there are many styles to pick from. That’s good news because it means there is certainly a style that will be ideal for your needs. The various styles of hearing aids include:

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

To get a fairly good idea of each style just take a look at their names. BTE hearing aids include a piece that sits behind the ear. It connects to a clear tube and an ear-mold that sits at the opening of the ear canal.

Did you already figure out that ITE devices go “in the ear”? This device is at the opening of the ear canal and is just one unit. There is nothing 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 won’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 behind it. Both styles are generally less noticeable than BTE hearing aids.

Finally, open fit units are BTE devices but instead of connecting to an ear-mold, a thin tube goes into the ear canal. If you can’t deal with the feeling of something in your ear, this style is a smart choice for you.

Your job is to look at each of these options and determine which of them matter the most to you. For instance, Bluetooth is a great feature to have, especially if you talk on your smartphone or computer a lot. 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.

Lastly, Your Buying Options Should be Considered

A competent retailer that has a free trial period and offers custom fitting is the best place to purchase your new hearing aids. It’s hard to be confident that you are making the right choice if you don’t have the opportunity to try your hearing aids before you buy them.

A good quality hearing aid will come with a good warranty so make sure you check that out as well. What’s covered? Do you get a new hearing aid if something goes wrong or will the warranty only cover parts and possibly labor?

Make an appointment with a hearing professional for a checkup and hearing test before you purchase your hearing aids. Some changes in your hearing don’t require hearing aids.