Today we are featuring a guest blog written for The Medical Strategist by Paul Harrison.

Worried About the Cost of Hearing Aids? Why Spending More May be Worthwhile

Nobody likes to part with cash, even when it comes to something that will make life better.

So, when it comes to hearing aids, it is natural to start with the cheapest option. According to the team at the cheapest won’t necessarily be the best  hearing aid for you.

Hearing Aids Covered by a 3rd Party Payer 

Health insurance offers hearing aids for those who meet certain guidelines. Usually, only the behind-the-ear hearing aids are available due to the cost of manufacturing and the fact that these suit all types of hearing loss. Behind-the-ear systems are bulky and visible to others, but do make it easier to change the settings and volume and are better for severe hearing loss.

Disposable Hearing Aids for Lower Costs

When trying to keep the costs down, people may turn to disposable hearing aids. These are easier to make because they are not custom made. They can be made in bulk and sold quickly. The downside is that because they’re not made for you specifically, they  won’t offer the best hearing capabilities. In addition, these aids may be ill-fitting and cause hearing loss due to the fit.  After all, buying a hearing aid is not like buying a pair of headphones.

Analogue vs. Digital Hearing Aids

The analogue systems are designed specifically for the wearer. They will amplify the sound for your needs and fit perfectly to offer more comfort. They are cheaper to manufacture than the digital hearing systems and can be easier to get use to if you have worn them for some time. The downside is the fact that they are analogue systems. The lack of technology means that there is still noise and distortion to the sound.

Digital hearing aids do cost more but they offer a better quality of sound. The computer technology helps to remove the noise, distortion and feedback that wearers may experience with other types and amplifies the sound to suit the wearer’s level of hearing loss. The extra cost is often worth it for a better quality of hearing.

The choice is up to you but spending more money does mean better quality. If you can get your hearing aids through the NHS, this is often the way to go. If not, consider spending more for analogue or digital technologies over disposable hearing aids.

Author bio:

Paul Harrison has written many hearing-related articles for YourHearing. Previously, he has covered topics including a look into the different types of hearing aids and natural methods to cure hearing loss. Your Hearing offers advice and tips to those who have lost their hearing but still want to take control of their life.