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Woman suffering from hearing loss choosing a hearing aid.

What is the next move when you’ve realized that you need to invest in hearing aids? Hearing aids are soon to become an important part of your life so purchase wisely. High-quality hearing aids can be purchased from a hearing aid specialist, but the cheaper flimsy ones can be found only on the internet. It’s up to you to decide what you want from the device and how much you can afford to spend. When you are shopping for hearing aids, there are some sacrifices that you should be ok with, but is your hearing one of them?

Those Internet Knockoffs

Hearing assistance devices which can be found on the internet are not really a bargain and their not really hearing aids. They are not very efficient and they don’t function that well. You have to replace dead batteries so often that it winds up costing you a lot.

The only feature that these cheaper devices perform is sound amplification. You get a number of different technologies in a modern high-quality hearing aid which can be completely customized to your exact needs. Several essential features will be sacrificed if you choose to get a cheap online device.

You need to recognize that your new hearing aids will be an investment in your future. Hearing impacts every facet of your life so it’s not the place you want to look to save money. There may be other ways that you can get hearing aids if you can’t afford them, so make sure you get what you really need.

Analog Vs. Digital

Digital hearing aids offer better quality sound that is much more reliable. Analog units are out-of-date and are not worth even considering.

It’s likely that all of the hearing aids you see at a quality retailer will be digital. You should be careful because analog devices are still out there if you don’t know what to look for. Analog refers to the kind of audio signal the hearing aid gets and the quality of the sound. Analog hearing aids have some major issues with consistent sound quality.

Looking For The Perfect Features

Features and style are the two factors when hearing aid shopping. You want a comfortable style that comes with features that make your life better. A few common features to consider include:

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

Take Into Consideration The Different Styles

There are a lot of styles available, as you will see when you begin researching hearing aids. That is great news because it means that there is undoubtedly a style that will be ideal for your needs. Some of the different styles are:

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

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

As is obvious by its name, ITE devices go “in the ear”. This device goes at the opening of the ear canal and is only one unit. Nothing goes behind the ear. ITC devices are very similar but they go deeper inside the ear, making them harder to see.

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.

Lastly, open fit units are BTE devices but instead of connecting to an ear-mold, a thin tube goes into the ear canal. Having something inside the ear is awkward for some people. When this is the case, an open fit model, which has a tiny tube going into the ear from a BTE, would be the smartest choice.

After taking all of these styles and options into account, it’s time to choose the one that would be best for you. Bluetooth capability, for instance, is a feature you would want if you use your phone or a computer regularly. 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.

Lastly, Your Buying Options Should be Taken Into Consideration

Most qualified retailers will offer custom fitting and a free trial period. That’s where you will want to go to purchase your hearing aids. The fact is, when it comes to hearing aids, you can’t be certain until you try them, so having the opportunity to wear them for a while helps.

You should also take a close look at the warranty that comes with the hearing aids. What does it cover? Do you get a new hearing aid if something goes wrong or will the warranty only cover parts and maybe labor?

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

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