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Buying Hearing Aids: Finding the Right One for You

Whether we’re talking about cars, clothes or hearing aids, quality costs. You’ve learned that after a few years of shopping for cars and clothes, but hearing aids, well, this may be your first foray into hearing technology. 

If you have done any research you have surely found that hearing aids can be a hefty investment; however, the trend among hearing aid manufacturers is choice in price. There are entry level models and then there are Rolls-Royce models. 

Quality costs in all things and hearing aids are no different.  The cost of hearing aids ranges between $1000 – 5000 per hearing aid. And since it is most often recommended to wear two (two hearing aids are better than one), you can expect to double that cost. 

Like any investment you need to do research and purchase a product that is right for you by taking into consideration all of your goals and priorities. So what are some of the priorities when choosing a hearing aid? 

Self-Esteem

There’s a stigma in some people’s minds about hearing aids. If you wear a hearing aid, you must be “broken.” Although this is far from the truth, this is not a problem considering hearing aids come in a variety of styles and sizes. Thanks to a new focus in design, hearing aid manufacturers now offer hearing aids in a wide range of styles and sizes. 

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids slip into the ear canal and offer high cosmetic appeal since they are nearly invisible. Then there are the latest in behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids that are light, sleek and powerful. The popular open-fit BTEs offer not only a natural feel, but also a cosmetically appealing appearance since they sit nestled behind the ear. 

Wearing Comfort

Considering you wear hearing aids for the majority of your day, you want a style that will feel both natural and comfortable. Open fit hearing aids are all the rage in wearing comfort. Discuss this priority with your hearing professional to ensure the right style is chosen for you. 

Lifestyle Factors

If you lead an active life – playing golf, jogging in the morning or just out and about, buy hearing aids that protect against moisture build-up. If you lead a quiet, sedate life, you may not have to spend the money on water-proofing and other features that will never get used. 

Automated Hearing Aid Features

If you don’t want to fuss with your hearing aids, automation equals convenience. Put in your hearing aids each morning and take them out at night. Simple. 

On the other hand, if you don’t mind making a manual adjustment, flipping a little switch or scrolling a little volume control wheel, there are quality hearing aids that put you in charge of what you hear – safely. 

Wireless Connectivity

Today’s hearing aids offer wireless connectivity so you can stay in touch with family, friends and the folks back in the main office using your hearing aid as a wireless receiver so you hear the conversation directly through the hearing aids. 

This eliminates problems of feedback and fumbling to get that Blackberry hooked up so you can carry on a conversation or text your best friends. 

The Right Fit for You

The most important step in choosing the right hearing aids for you is to discuss with your hearing professional your priorities and together you’ll arrive at selecting hearing aids that do what you need them to do. 

For more information on hearing aid priorities and selecting the right hearing aids for you, visit: When It Comes to Hearing Aids, Priorities Count.

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