How to Choose Affordable Hearing Aids

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We all enjoy a good bargain. But when it involves your health, be careful what you purchase and pay attention to the little details.

The names “hearing aid” and “hearing amplifier” might seem similar but they are actually completely different devices. And your overall hearing and health could suffer serious consequences if you make the wrong decision about this.

Hearing amplifiers

A small device that goes inside of your ear, a hearing amplifier raises the volume of external sound. Technically categorized as personal sound amplification products by the government, these devices tend to be quite simple and one-dimensional. A hearing amplifier is like cranking the volume up on the world.

Because of their one-size-fits-all strategy, hearing amplifiers aren’t recommended for individuals who have moderate to extensive hearing loss.

Clear difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers

It starts to become fairly obvious that hearing aids aren’t the same as hearing amplification devices when you consider that amplifiers are not recommended for people with even moderate hearing loss. Obviously, hearing aids are recommended for individuals with hearing loss.

Both hearing aids and hearing amplifiers have the ability to increase volumes. But one of these devices has a much higher degree of amplification technology and sophistication.

  • Hearing aids are designed to identify and boost certain frequencies of sound. That’s because people often lose their hearing one wavelength at a time. Frequencies at the higher and lower end of the spectrum are commonly the first to go. Instead of making everything louder, hearing aids work to plug holes in what you’re hearing. This selective strategy is much more effective for individuals with hearing loss.
  • Hearing aids can be tuned to your environment. There are numerous factors that will determine the specific acoustics of a space. These adjustments can even happen automatically with some modern hearing aids. A dedicated device or smartphone can calibrate hearing aids that don’t do it automatically. You will avoid fewer locations because you will be able to hear better in a wider variety of places as your hearing aids make minute adjustments.
  • Picking out and amplifying speech is one of the primary functions of a hearing aid. To some extent, that’s due to the uneven way hearing loss progresses, but it’s also because communication is such a fundamental function of your hearing. So this function has been prioritized by hearing aid manufacturers who have put significant resources into improving it. There are state-of-the-art algorithms and processes working within hearing aids to make sure that, even in a crowded and noisy place, voices come through clearly.

To put it bluntly, correctly managing hearing loss depends on these features. And these are features that are not present in most personal hearing amplifiers.

The right deal for your ears

Untreated hearing loss can bring about cognitive decline, not to mention increasingly diminished ability to hear. With amplifiers, you’re very likely to do more damage to your hearing because the device doesn’t differentiate frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe levels. And who needs to do that?

Unless your hearing loss is being caused by earwax, hearing aids and some surgeries are the only approved treatments for hearing loss at this time. Ignoring hearing loss and avoiding treatment doesn’t save you money ultimately. Overall healthcare costs have been found to increase by over 40% with untreated hearing loss. Luckily, there are affordable solutions. Just ask us.

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20373077

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.