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There are a couple different ways to interpret the word “cheap hearing aids”. On the one hand, it implies affordability, a wise choice for a budget-conscious individual. But we’ve all heard the phrase “You get what you pay for”, and in this example, the word “cheap” indicates low-quality hearing aids.

Regrettably, distinguishing between a thrifty purchase and an item of negligible value is frequently challenging. With regard to hearing aids, this couldn’t be more relevant.

With hearing aids, the axiom “you get what you pay for” rings especially relevant. This means eliminating the devices that are priced in the “too good to be true” zone, not automatically opting for the most expensive choice. Companies marketing cheap hearing devices frequently leave out important details about their products that customers should be aware of.

Cheaper hearing aids are pretty much only amplifiers

Cheap “hearing aids” generally offer minimal functionality, primarily amplifying or reducing overall volume. When you just 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 completely defeated if it also amplifies undesirable sound.

Contrastingly, a high-quality, contemporary hearing aid goes beyond mere volume adjustment. It reduces background noise while expertly managing sound and improving clarity. Real hearing aids simulate natural hearing with great accuracy and are custom tuned to your particular hearing needs.

PSAPs vs. Hearing Aids

The Food and Drug Administration has drafted guidelines for those who sell hearing devices and have stringent rules as to what can be labeled hearing aids.

Sadly, there are many devices out there that market themselves as hearing aids when they’re actually personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), named this because they can only amplify sound.

There are many legit and reputable providers that comply with appropriate marketing. But there are some vendors, especially online, that might be misinformed about what characterizes the difference between hearing aids and PSAPs, and consequently, they put out misleading claims about their products. You may even find some that state that they are approved by the FDA when that’s actually not true.

For most kinds of hearing loss they won’t be effective at all

Most individuals who lose their hearing will gradually lose particular frequencies of sound before others. For instance, you may have no problems hearing a man with a low voice, but have difficulty with a woman’s or child’s voice, finding it difficult to understand.

You get overall amplification with cheap hearing aids. However, if you have trouble with particular frequencies, merely boosting the volume proves inadequate. And turning up the overall volume could lead to added damage to your hearing because the frequencies you don’t struggle with will be booming in your ears.

High-quality hearing aids can be programmed to boost selected frequencies offering a much better solution. They can automatically adjust the frequency you struggle to hear to one that is more audible, providing a more tailored and reliable hearing experience.

Feedback can be an issue

Cheap hearing aids are typically not custom fit to your ears. Without that custom fit, you’ll generate a feedback loop. As the speaker in your ear wiggles around, the microphone picks up the sound. This will result in a deafening screech.

They normally don’t have cellphone support

When people are looking for a budget-friendly device, they frequently sacrifice functionality like Bluetooth connectivity. When considering phone connectivity, the lack of Bluetooth is a major obstacle. With cheaper hearing devices, when you try to amplify phone calls, your device will amplify every little sound, like your lips or ears brushing on the phone, or clothing and hair.

More advanced hearing aids are digital and use Bluetooth connectivity to connect directly to your phone. This advanced feature ensures that when your daughter talks on the other end, her voice is transmitted directly into your hearing aids, improving clarity and overall communication.

They were never intended to treat hearing loss

The majority of people would probably be surprised by this. These amplifiers were never intended to treat hearing loss. They were made to amplify sound for individuals who have relatively good hearing.

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

Finding quality, affordable hearing aids

Obtaining affordable quality hearing aids is not difficult. They may even be covered by insurance or other third parties. There are also affordable brands, leasing programs, and financing possibilities. The first step is to get a hearing test if you think you may have hearing loss. Make an appointment with us so we can help you get the best and most affordable hearing aids for your degree and type of hearing loss.

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