The Truth About Cheap "Hearing Aids"

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There are a couple separate ways to interpret the word “cheap hearing aids”. For somebody on a tight budget, it means “affordability”. On the other hand, it implies low-quality, turning a seemingly economical purchase into a not-so-smart decision, epitomized by the saying “You get what you pay for”.

Unfortunately, determining whether you’re getting a great deal from whether you’re buying a really low-quality device can be challenging. With regard to hearing aids, this couldn’t be more relevant.

With hearing aids, the saying “you get what you pay for” is especially valid. This doesn’t always imply going for the top-tier option, but instead, scrutinizing offerings that boast a price tag too tempting to be authentic. Customers need to recognize that important information is often excluded from the marketing campaigns of cheap hearing aids.

Cheaper hearing aids are basically only amplifiers

Boosting the overall volume is typically the only thing cheap “hearing aids” can handle. When you simply amplify everything, the sounds you want to hear better are amplified but so are undesirable background noise you don’t want.

The purpose of having a hearing aid is entirely defeated if it also amplifies undesirable sound.

A contemporary state-of-the-art hearing aid, in contrast, does a lot more than simply turn up the volume. It reduces background sound while skillfully managing sound and improving clarity. Real hearing aids simulate natural hearing with great accuracy and are custom tuned to your specific hearing needs.

Hearing aids vs. PSAPs

There are strict rules about what an advertiser can call a hearing aid as written by the Food and Drug Administration.

Unfortunately, many personal sound amplification products PSAPs are inaccurately advertised as hearing aids even though they only amplify sound.

Most reputable companies follow the rules. But you may find some uninformed salespeople or products on Amazon or eBay that mislead consumers into believing that these devices meet the classification of a hearing aid. Some even inaccurately advertise that they are FDA-approved.

For most types of hearing loss they won’t be helpful at all

The slow loss of hearing usually involves difficulty with certain frequencies instead of a sudden complete loss. You may have a difficult time understanding a small child or a woman, for instance, but you have no issue understanding a man with a low voice.

A cheap hearing device usually results in total volume amplification. But simply cranking up the overall volume will not be sufficient for individuals who have a tough time hearing particular frequencies. And turning up the overall volume could result in added damage to your hearing because the frequencies you don’t have trouble with will be booming in your ears.

High-quality hearing aids provide a solution by being programmable to make up for the loss of particular frequencies. They offer a more personalized hearing experience by shifting frequencies you can’t hear very well to frequencies you hear better.

Feedback can be an issue

Cheap hearing aids are generally not custom fit to your ears. Without that custom fit, you’ll create a feedback loop. The microphone picks up the sound from the speaker in your ear as it jiggles around. This will result in a deafening screech.

They normally won’t help you on your cellphone

Functionality is often sacrificed when opting for budget options, and this is true for many inexpensive hearing aids lacking Bluetooth connectivity. The lack of Bluetooth becomes crucial when considering phone connectivity. With cheaper hearing devices, when you try to amplify phone calls, your device will amplify every little sound, like your ears or lips brushing on the phone, or clothing and hair.

In comparison, digital hearing aids utilize telecoil or Bluetooth technology, creating a wireless connection between your hearing aid and the phone. Overall communication and clarity will be improved so you can be sure you will hear your daughter’s voice on the phone.

They were never meant to treat hearing loss

Most individuals would most likely be surprised by this. These amplifiers were never intended to treat hearing loss. They were designed to help individuals who have fairly good hearing hear things a bit louder.

Cheap devices might help a little if you only have slight hearing loss. But they won’t be of much help for individuals who actually need hearing aids.

Finding quality, affordable hearing aids

Getting affordable quality hearing aids isn’t difficult. They might even be covered by insurance or other third parties. There are also affordable brands, leasing plans, and financing possibilities. If you think you have hearing loss, begin by getting checked out. Make an appointment with us so we can help you find the best and most affordable hearing aids for your degree and type of hearing loss.

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