With the old saying telling us. “You get what you pay for”. It would be easy to think that to have the best hearing aids you have to pay lots of money.
Which in turn can make those working on a budget feel like all the good hearing aids are out of their price range.
With the constant evolving technology. Hearing aids now come with a variety of extras that can increase the quality of your life.
Above all, it is important to remember that your hearing is one of your most important senses. When it begins to fail you, although it can be a scary time, there are options available to you.
What about the cheap hearing aids though?
Are they worth it or are they just a waste of your money?
When choosing hearing aids the most important thing is that you always use a qualified audiologist.
Not only will they be able to diagnose your degree of hearing loss but they will be able to advise you on the best hearing aids to suit you. A good audiology practice will have a range of hearing aids to suit all budgets.
You should ask yourself two main questions.
- What do you want your hearing aid to do?
- What kind of lifestyle do you lead?
These may seem like silly questions, especially the first one. You obviously want your hearing aid to help you hear better. By answering these questions, it will help you decide if you will be able to get by with a standard hearing aid. Or will you need one with some of the added extras that this new technology has afforded us.
Should I just get a budget hearing aid?
With hearing aids costing anything from between £500-£3,500 per ear. It can be tempting to look online and see that there are many other cheaper options.
You are cautioned to be wary of these though.
The most common form of hearing loss is sensorineural hearing loss and affects frequencies over 1,000Hz. This frequency includes half the range of female speech range, most of the male speech range and nearly all the range of children’s speech.
Very cheap, poorly made hearing aids will more than likely not amplify the higher frequency sounds enough, essentially making them useless.
These inexpensive hearing aids also cannot normally separate voices from background noise and instead will amplify all noise which can quickly become overwhelming.
Inexpensive hearing aids will likely –
- Be poorly made
- Have a low life expectancy.
- Have an uncomfortable fit.
- Not suitable for your degree of hearing loss.
- Have no customisation options.
- Not come with technical support and aftercare.
By working with a qualified audiologist they will be able to advise you on the best kind of hearing aid that works with your budget.
You may not be able to afford the all singing and all dancing hearing aid. With all the latest technology, but you will be able to find one that fits into your lifestyle. It could be that you lead a very active lifestyle and would benefit from an In-The-Canal model.
Or maybe you tend to live a very solitude life. Not needing the added extras of environmental noise reduction.
You and your audiologist will be able to figure this out together. If the model you choose doesn’t work for you. Then you will have aftercare support to iron out all of the kinks. This is something that you won’t get with cheap hearing aids purchased online.
Benefits of using an audiology practice –
- High quality hearing aids with comfort and fit in mind.
- Hearing aids that work with your degree of hearing loss.
- Aftercare and technical support available.
- Professional advice whilst still working within your budget.
- Be able to customise what you need your hearing aid to do to fit in with your lifestyle.
Above all, it is important to remember that your hearing is one of your most important senses. When it begins to fail you, although it can be a scary time, there are options available to you. Whether you decide to go down the NHS or the private route.
The NHS do provide hearing aids, although most of these are the Behind-The Ear option. They are well made and have the technology that is vital to ensuring that any disruption to the quality of life is as limited as possible.