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Affordable Hearing Aids: Before You Buy

By Edited Aug 19, 2016 1 0

For the majority of hearing impaired, with some exceptions such as some with pre-lingual hearing loss and those lacking the body makeup for them to be used, affordable hearing aids are much sought after. Though not every person who deals with full or partial deafness is compelled to seek out means to help them hear, a good number of individuals are plagued by their difficulty or inability to hear. Limitations in social, professional and personal aspects in the lives of those with a hearing impairment can vary from one person to the next and may have a lot to do with the cause of hearing loss, personal situations and many other factors. Regardless of what factors play a part with those that have a desire to hear better it is often cost that stands between them and an efficient hearing device.

Getting the Most Affordable Hearing Aids

Often finding the most cost-effective choice involves more than merely walking into the hearing clinic and saying give me your cheapest aid. Sometimes even hearing aid comparisons can be deceiving. Here are some important steps and factors to consider to truly get the best deal. It is also important to remember that the most affordable does not always equal the lowest price tag.

Life expectancy. What is the average amount of time that can be expected for this device to remain functional? What seems to be the best deal in the world can easily be negated if the product needs to be replaced constantly or on a more regular basis than a product with a slightly higher price tag.

Warranty and cost. What is covered in the warranty and cost of the hearing device? There are many situations that can arise and present a need for repair or replacement. For the best hearing aid comparisons one want to know the length of warranty and to what extent it covers the following; loss of device, part repair, parts replacement, defects, full replacement and damage. Does the purchase price cover the fitting, programming and visit cost? Is there a separate charge to have it readjusted? Some places will cover many different things inside the cost of the device this can be a good area that when thoroughly researched can save hundreds of dollars or more

Quality. Quality plays several roles when it comes to affordable hearing aids. One must consider the quality of sound and functionality, design quality as well as the quality of the brand. All of these can be important factors in making the right choice. As an example there are a lot of really low-budget hearing devices but for the average user it was not worth saving hundreds of dollars because of how ineffectively the devices function.

Ease of Use. Having to interact with the hearing device and the level of interaction may vary from one model to the next but for those that will be expected to change their own batteries, adjust fit or get hands-on with it in any other way ease of use is important.

Selection. A common concern and complaint amongst hearing aid shoppers is that they are not provided enough of a selection before having to make a choice as to whether or not to buy. Requests to see a selection of different styles, brands and models before being pressured into making a choice.


Average Cost Of Hearing Aids

The average cost range for the most sought after hearing devices (digital) is $1500-$6000. That's a pretty broad range and with the overall average cost sitting around $3000 that's a lot of money to have to fork out. However, when you take into consideration the life expectancy of the hearing aid, what's covered in the cost along with the benefits to the user or patient (an increased ability to hear) and then factor in what the monthly cost would break down to be – it may not seem so expensive.

It is important to note that the different costs are often associated with different styles of aides. Different styles and models will often include different designs and technology. For more specific prices talk to your hearing care professional to find out which type of hearing aid would work best for you. Just some of what's available on the market include behind the ear (BTE), in the canal (ITC), completely in the canal (CIC) and in the ear (ITE).

Some hearing aid suppliers  may also be willing (or able) to work out monthly payments or discounts in the right situation. Don't be afraid to approach the subject of lower-cost options on effective and affordable hearing aids. If you feel the price was too high and that there may be more cost-effective and affordable options you can take your hearing test results (audiogram) that you should have received from your audiologist elsewhere to comparison shop.

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