Choosing Discount Hearing Aids


Hearing aids come in a variety of makes and models.  They are worn in and on the ear in different ways.  The ENT doctor, or otolaryngologist, will practically make the decisions for you if you allow it.  If, however, you want to save yourself some money, you can march into the doctor's office with some information of your own.  Discount hearing aids are one way to save yourself some money without sacrificing quality. 

Many sellers offer discount hearing aids that are identical to the full priced hearing aids that you get directly from the manufacturer.  Often, the only difference is the price, which may be half the price you pay the maker or even less.  When you are looking into such a deal, make sure the two devices are actually the same in every respect except for price. 

There are many features and parameters to check to make sure your discount hearing aids are the real thing.  For one thing, if you want to buy a model that is a fully digital one, make sure the discount hearing aids are listed as 100 percent or fully or totally digital.  Otherwise, you might end up with a model that has some components that are analog.  This will give you less flexibility in the programming and processing of your aids. 

Compare the number of frequency bands or channels.  Having more will give your fitter more latitude in accommodating your hearing losses if they are not consistent through all the ranges.  With more channels, your audiologist can give more amplification to the frequencies you have trouble hearing and less to the ones you don't.  If the manufacturers' hearing aids' channels are not the same as your discount hearing aids', they will respond differently to programming. 

Carefully scrutinize the data of the two hearing aids to determine if both are actually the same model with the same directional microphone capabilities.  Some brand names offer directional microphones in some of their models but not on others.  If one has this feature and one doesn't, then the discount hearing aids you are looking at are not the same as the manufacturers' models that you suspect you are dealing with. 

Another aspect of the hearing aids to be checked is whether they have memory presets and if so, how many and what kind are they.  This will help you determine whether you your discount hearing aids are the same as the originals.  More is not always better, as personal preferences vary, but just make sure to get the number and type of memory presets that you want. 

You can become easily confused, if you're not careful, by the different styles of discount hearing aids.  BTE, or behind the ear, hearing aids are readily available at lowered prices.  You can also get the other varieties, and you should be aware if you are getting an ITE, or in the ear, hearing aid, which fits in the shell of your outer ear.  Be sure to recognize the different ear canal varieties, such as IC, in the canal, and CIC, completely in the canal. 

Finally, you will, of course, want to make sure you get the best price possible.  Compare the prices of identical models and styles and make sure you get the best reliable deal.  Just make sure there is a good policy on returns in case you are not happy with them.  That, after all, is the most important factor in choosing discount hearing aids.

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