How to Find Affordable Hearing Aids

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Who doesn’t love finding a good bargain? But when it has to do with your health, be careful what you buy and pay attention to the small details.

The terms “hearing aid” and “hearing amplifier” may seem similar but they are actually very different devices. And making the wrong choice could have important ramifications for your hearing and your overall health.

Hearing amplifiers

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

Because of their one-size-fits-all approach, hearing amplifiers are not appropriate for individuals who have moderate to significant hearing loss.

Clear difference between hearing aids and personal amplifiers

It begins to become pretty apparent that hearing aids aren’t the same as hearing amplification devices when you recognize 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 make things louder. But one of these devices has a much higher degree of amplification technology and sophistication.

  • Hearing aids are made to identify and magnify certain wavelengths of sound. That’s because people tend to lose their hearing one frequency at a time. Wavelengths at the higher and lower end of the spectrum are usually the first to go. Hearing aids work to fill in the gaps in your hearing rather than just making everything louder. This selective approach is much more effective for people who suffer from hearing loss.
  • Hearing aids are specifically manufactured to help you process speech. In part, that’s due to the irregular way hearing loss progresses, but it’s also because communication is such an important function of your hearing. So this function has been prioritized by hearing aid producers who have put substantial resources into enhancing it. In order to make certain voices come through clearly even in a crowded room, sophisticated technology and algorithms are packed inside of modern hearing aids.
  • Whatever environment you find yourself, your hearing aids can tune in to it. The acoustics of any given space will change depending on a long list of factors. These adjustments can even be made automatically with some modern hearing aids. A dedicated device or smartphone can tune hearing aids that don’t do it automatically. By making minute adjustments to the settings of your hearing aid, you’re able to hear better in a wider variety of settings, meaning there will be fewer places you wish to avoid.

To put it bluntly, properly treating hearing loss depends on these features. And these are qualities that are not present in the majority of personal hearing amplifiers.

Finding the best option at an affordable price

Neglected hearing loss can contribute to cognitive decline, along with increasingly diminished hearing abilities. With amplifiers, you’re likely to do more harm to your hearing because the device doesn’t differentiate frequencies and will most likely turn everything up to unsafe volumes. And that isn’t good for anyone.

Right now, the only approved treatments for hearing loss, if it isn’t caused by earwax, are certain surgeries and hearing aids. You won’t save any money long term by neglecting to get treatment for your hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss has been demonstrated to increase your general healthcare costs over 40%. Luckily, there are affordable solutions. We can help.

References

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

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