Longview, TX 903-708-6138
Marshall, TX 903-730-6394
Shreveport, LA 318-383-0071
Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, TX and Shreveport, LA

Woman suffering from hearing loss choosing a hearing aid.

If you’ve decided that you need to invest in hearing aids, what’s your next move? Hearing aids will soon become an essential part of your life, so selecting the right kind matters. If you find some hearing aids which are only available from the internet, then you can be sure they are likely to be pretty flimsy. If you truly believe that you can buy a quality device for less from the internet, then the sacrifice will be how well you hear, and that’s your choice. When searching for hearing aids, what sacrifices are you willing to make.

Cheap Internet Knockoffs Are Not Really Hearing Aids

While they seem to be a bargain, those internet hearing assistance devices will wind up costing you more over time. They are very poor in quality and don’t work very well. Batteries will be expensive if you need to replace them constantly.

The only function that these cheaper devices have is sound amplification. Customization to your exact needs can be accomplished with the integrated technologies found inside of a modern high-quality digital hearing aid. You can go cheap and purchase one online but you will lose out on several essential features.

Your new hearing aids are an investment in your future and you need to see them that way. Hearing impacts every facet of your life so it’s not the place to try and save money. Be sure to get the hearing aids you actually need. Even if you can’t afford them there might be other solutions.

Analog Vs. Digital

A higher quality, more dependable sound is delivered by digital hearing aids and they’re more consistent too. Analog units are outdated and are not worth considering.

Reputable sellers don’t even carry analog devices at this time. It’s worthwhile to know analog devices are still out there, though, and to understand the difference between the two. Analog refers to the kind of signal the hearing aid receives and the quality of the sound. The sound quality is very inconsistent with old analog models.

Choosing The Ideal Features

When you go looking for hearing aids consider the two aspects which are features and style. You want features that make your life better in a style that is comfortable. Some standard features to consider include:

  • Directional microphones
  • Noise reduction
  • Variable programming
  • Remote controls
  • Synchronization
  • Direct audio input
  • Bluetooth
  • Telecoils
  • Environmental noise control
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Wireless connectivity

Take Into Consideration The Different Styles

When you begin researching hearing aids, you’ll find out that there are many styles available. Thankfully, there are so many styles to pick from that finding a style which works for your situation is almost a guarantee. The various styles of hearing aids include:

  • Behind-the-Ear (BTE)
  • In-the-Ear (ITE)
  • In-the-Ear (ITE)
  • Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE)
  • Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC)
  • Open Fit

To get a fairly good idea of each style just have a look at their names. BTE hearing aids consist of a piece that sits behind the ear. An ear-mold rests at the ear’s opening and has a clear tube that connects it to the BTE.

On the other hand, ITE pieces sit, you guessed it, in the ear. It’s a single unit that goes in the opening of the ear canal. There is nothing that goes behind the ear. ITC means “in the canal” and they are very similar to ITE’s but ITC’s go further into the ear canal and that means that you don’t see them so much.

RIC devices and RIE devices have a “receiver in the canal” and a “receiver in the ear” respectively, which are then connected to a piece behind the ear. Both styles are usually less noticeable than BTE hearing aids.

Instead of having ear-molds, open fit units, which are a kind of BTE, have a thin tube that goes into the ear canal. Having something inside the ear is unpleasant for some people. If this is the case, an open fit model, which has a tiny tube going into the ear from a BTE, would be the smartest choice.

Your job is to assess each of these options and decide which of them matter the most to you. To give an example, if you use your phone or a computer regularly, you will want a device that has Bluetooth functionality. If you listen to seminars and lectures, telecoil is an excellent way to go and you won’t have to keep shelling out money for new batteries if you get a hearing aid with a rechargeable one.

Finally, Consider Your Buying Options

Most qualified retailers will custom fit the device and give a free trial period. That’s where you will want to go to purchase your hearing aids. The truth is, when it comes to hearing aids, you can’t be sure until you try them, so having the opportunity to wear them for a while helps.

A good quality hearing aid will come with a good warranty so make sure you check that out as well. What kind of coverage does it come with? Some will only pay for replacement parts, some cover the labor, as well, and how about a new hearing aid if something goes wrong?

Schedule an appointment with a hearing professional for a checkup and hearing test before you buy your hearing aids. Your hearing trouble may not even require hearing aids.