With such a wide range of prices advertised and quoted for a pair of hearing aids, patients often ask us, “What’s wrong with the less expensive ones?” The answer is nothing. In fact, budget hearing devices could be the perfect choice for you. The only way to find out which is best for your hearing lifestyle is to partner with an Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser like those at HearMD who understand the art and science of selecting and fitting hearing aids.
The advanced technology of today’s hearing aids means you have more features to choose from. These added features, while providing additional benefits, also make hearing aids more expensive. However, depending upon your unique listening needs, more is not necessarily better.
Think of it this way. If you were a serious athlete planning on running a marathon and you decided to purchase a treadmill to do some off-season training, you might choose a high-priced , full-featured model on which you could run full speed at varying degrees of inclines, all while the machine kept track of your heart rate and tracked your progress. You would probably also want to have a personal trainer, experienced in achieving the highest possible performance to assist you in getting the most out of your investment and workouts. However, if you just wanted to take an occasional walk and perhaps lose a few pounds, an entry-level treadmill with basic features might just do the trick.
The same considerations are true when it comes to selecting appropriate hearing aids. If you are very active and are often in a variety of noisy environments, then you will probably be happier with hearing aids which include advanced features such as directional microphones, feedback cancellation and/or or automatic adjustments. If you live a quiet life and don’t mind making manual adjustments, then more economical hearing aids might be perfect for you. In short, it is the art of selection and fitting combined with the science of technology that will have the most direct impact on your level of satisfaction. In conjunction with this, you will be most satisfied with your hearing aid fitting results when you have the involvement of an experienced Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispenser who can tailor the features of the hearing aids to your personal needs. This will ensure that you achieve maximum benefit.
Our Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers at HearMD are skilled at matching your needs to the most appropriate technology and fitting the devices to provide maximum benefit. We have been trained to make our recommendations for the type and style of hearing devices based upon five important criteria:
- Your personal lifestyle
- Your level of hearing loss
- The physical characteristics of your ear canal
- Your cosmetic preferences
- Your budget constraints
Our Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers ask many questions because we want to get to know you and your specific hearing needs. We believe by investing time into understanding what your life is like and what is important to you, we will be able to ensure your optimal hearing while providing you the best value. If you would like to get started on a journey to better hearing for better living, please call us today for an appoi