What to Shop For When Selecting Hearing Aids

Woman suffering from hearing loss choosing a hearing aid.

If you’ve recognized that you need to get hearing aids, what will you do next? Finding the right hearing aids is an important decision since they will become such a major part of your life. If you find some hearing aids that are only available on the internet, then you can be sure that they are probably pretty flimsy. Only you can decide how much you can afford to spend and what quality of hearing aids you are willing to purchase. When searching for hearing aids, what sacrifices are you willing to make.

Those Internet Imitations

Hearing assistance devices that are purchased from the internet are not really going to save you money and their not really hearing aids. They don’t perform very well or very efficiently. What money 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 they don’t do anything else. Modern, top quality digital hearing aids integrate different technologies to deliver a device customized to your needs. Several important features will be sacrificed if you choose to purchase a cheap online device.

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

Digital Vs. Analog

A better quality, more dependable sound is produced by digital hearing aids and they’re more consistent too. If you run across analog hearing aids, move on and shop for the digital units, instead.

Reputable suppliers don’t even carry analog units anymore. You need to be careful because analog devices are still out there if you don’t know what to look for. Analog refers to the kind of signal the hearing aid gets and the quality of the sound. The sound quality is very inconsistent with old analog models.

Selecting The Perfect Features

Features and style are the two elements of hearing aid shopping. You want features that make your life easier in a style that is comfortable. Some common features to think about include:

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

Take Into Consideration The Different Styles

There are numerous styles available, as you will see when you start researching hearing aids. Luckily, there are so many styles to choose from that finding a style which works for your needs is almost a guarantee. The various styles of hearing aids include:

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

To get a fairly good idea of each style just have a look at their names. BTE means “behind the ear” and that’s just where the piece goes. An ear-mold sits at the ear’s opening and has a clear tube that connects it to the BTE.

On the other hand, ITE pieces 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 less visible.

RIC and RIE, as the name suggests, have a receiver unit that rests in the ear and then connects by a wire to a piece behind it. These hearing aids are less conspicuous than a BTE.

Rather than having ear-molds, open fit models, which are a kind of BTE, have a little 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 smart choice for you.

After taking all of these styles and options into consideration, it’s time to choose the one that will best fit your needs. As an example, Bluetooth is a useful function to have, particularly if you talk on your smartphone or computer a lot. 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

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. It’s hard to be confident that you are making the right choice if you don’t have a chance to try your hearing aids before you purchase them.

A good warranty will come with a quality hearing aid, make sure to look for that. What kind of coverage does it come with? Will you get a new hearing aid if something goes wrong or does the warranty only cover parts and maybe labor?

Make an appointment with a hearing specialist for a checkup and hearing test before you buy your hearing aids. There are 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.