Unfortunately, the cost of a hearing aid is a primary reason cited as to why people with hearing loss do not seek treatment. With today’s tough economic times, many consumers are seeking cheap hearing aids.
Like any consumer product, the more you pay for a hearing aid the more features and technology you will get. For persons with a less active lifestyle who do not find themselves in demanding listening situations, entry-level (inexpensive) hearing aids are often a solid solution. However, individuals with a more active and demanding lifestyle may have more success in higher priced hearing aids, due to the more sophisticated technology.
Digital hearing aids are now considered standard in the hearing aid industry, so consumers looking at entry-level hearing aids will find they offer a wide variety of options and features that in the past would have only been found in higher end hearing aids.
When purchasing inexpensive or expensive hearing aids the first step is to have a full hearing evaluation by a qualified hearing aid professional (audiologist or licensed hearing instrument dispenser). Based on your hearing loss, budget, lifestyle and listening demand the hearing professional will assist you in finding the best hearing aids for you and your unique needs.