Hearing aids are devices designed to improve your hearing ability if you experience hearing loss. They amplify and process sounds so it can be easier to understand. It is therefore important to find or choose the right hearing aid which works best for you, and at the same time, you feel comfortable wearing at all times.
Determining the right hearing aid for you relies on several factors, namely your hearing loss condition and severity, manual dexterity, lifestyle, and especially, budget. With all the available variations of hearing aids, finding the ones which totally suits you will seem difficult. To help you with it, below are some useful tips you can use in finding affordable hearing aids which can also be your perfect fit.
Types of Hearing Aids
Before you decide on your purchase, one of the first steps you have to take is to know the various types of hearing aids. Recently, there are five major styles of digital hearing aids:
Mini-Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid (mBTE)
MBTEs use a thin wire and a custom-made earmold or a non-custom dome-style ear-canal piece to attach it to the ears.
Traditional Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aid (BTE)
BTEs are worn behind the ear. The tube that connects the outer case to the receiver sends sound into the ears.
Completely-in-the-Canal Hearing Aid (CIC)
CIC hearing aids are worn completely within the ear canal and only a tiny removal handle shows outside the ear.
In-the-Canal Hearing Aid (IIC)
IIC hearing aids are so tiny that no one will notice you’re wearing them.
Traditional In-the-Ear Hearing Aid (ITE)
ITEs are custom hearing aids which rest in the bowl of your ears.
Evaluate Your Coverage
In the US, the Veterans Affairs offer hearing aids for the veterans. Aside from that, some health insurance offers at least partial coverage or discounts for hearing aids while others do not. If you have health savings or a flexible spending account, you can use it to pay for hearing aids with pre-tax dollars. So it’s best to check on your insurance plan if your hearing aids can be covered whether fully or partially so you can spend less on your purchase.
Buy What You Need
Discuss your main hearing concerns with your audiologist before you shop for hearing aids. They will help you determine the best suitable device for you. Aside from that, feel free to try on the various models until you find one that you’re comfortable wearing. After you picked the model, look around for different prices, warranties, and a money-back trial period for your choice of hearing aid style.
Try looking for bargains or asking for a price break in the market. Your hearing aids don’t have to be expensive. Economy hearing aids are also available, but some of them might even provide you the advantages you need without spending too much for expensive or premium ones. Buying online can save you money as well, but in some cases you may have to send them back for adjustments or pay a local hearing specialist to help you.
Secure a Written Contract
A good contract allows you to return your aids and return most of your money if you’re dissatisfied with the product or the product won’t function as intended. It is, therefore, necessary to secure a written detailed contract that covers the details of the trial period’s length and coverage of the warranty. It should also detail the adjustment services, the loss and damage insurance coverage, and the package for your price.
Hearing aids don’t really have to be expensive in order to give you a quality hearing. You just have to know what you really need and pick out the ones which give you both comfort and satisfaction. For more smart tips on hearing aid purchasing, call us at (888) 210-5846. You can also visit Beltone Audiology for a deeper insight on hearing aids. We’ll be there to assist you every step of the way!