Buying Hearing Aids Help Part 2

As part of our “Buying Hearing Aids Help” series, we have been putting together some top tips and guides including advice and information for you to understand the whole process easier.

In the previous blog post Part 1, we talked about private dispensers and what methods of elimination you can go through to help you decide who to go with.

In this post we will be covering the hearing aids in themselves; how much they cost and  how to choose one.

PRICING

Private digital hearing aids can cost between £600 and £3,500 depending on their style and how complex they are. Many private dispensers charge extra for the hearing aids that are more discreet in the ear (ITE), in-the canal (ITC) and aids that fit completely in the ear canal.

Obviously you want a hearing aid that will last as long as possible, giving you value for money. Most hearing aids last about five years or so, but then you will need to pay for it to be replaced.

Hearing aids that fit completely in the ear may not last as long. With behind-the-ear aids (BTE), you may also have to pay for new ear-moulds from time to time.

Remember that you will need to budget to fork out for a regular supply of batteries, which can cost about £20 a year for each hearing aid.

WHICH STYLE IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Hearing aids are available in a huge range of styles and varying features but the key thing to know it not all of these styles and hearing aids will suit your hearing loss.

A hearing aid for one person might not necessarily be right for you due to the shape of your ear, your hearing needs and your personal style.

If you have mild to moderate hearing loss a very small hearing aids would be best suited for you. They may not be a good idea though for the technologically savvy person or if you find it hard to manage lots of fiddly controls and buttons, unless you get a remote control.

It is obvious that the phrase ‘what you pay for, you get’ applies here. If you buy a cheap hearing aid it will be poorer quality and unlikely to perform well in difficult listening situations where there is lots of background noise e.g. a music concert, a shopping centre or a sports theatre.

If you simply want a spare aid in case you lose or misplace yours, then a cheaper one would suffice. However, if you pay more it will be of greater quality and will come with advanced features.

You need to ask yourself what you want out of the hearing aid and what you are able to handle.

Stay tuned for the next part of the series when we look at what features are available when buying a hearing aid…

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