FDA-Approved Hearing Aids Made Affordable
Finding the right hearing aids to fit your budget and lifestyle can be time consuming and confusing. There are many different types, styles, and models for sale over a huge price range. When it comes to hearing aids, high quality does not have to mean high cost. With affordable, FDA-approved hearing aids only a mouse click or call away, you can finally afford that much needed pair of hearing aids instead of limiting yourself to only one aid. Here are a few helpful tips and tricks that can help you save on better hearing.
Best Hearing Aid Value For The Money
According to reports, less than one third of adults who need hearing aids buy them. Often the expense of hearing aids delays this important purchase until years after people start to experience hearing loss. Some of the main reasons given for the lag time are high cost and the fact most health insurance plans do not cover hearing aids. It’s worth noting that Medicare does not cover the cost of hearing aids either; veterans may qualify for free ones through the Department of Veterans Affairs. More on that later. And even if your employer offers a Flexible Spending Account or FSA to cover miscellaneous medical expenses like hearing aids, wouldn’t you want to get the best hearing aid value for your money?
Eliminate The Middleman
Did you know there’s a sizeable markup on hearing aids purchased from doctors’ offices, audiology centers and even big box retailers? While it is highly recommended that you get your hearing tested by a doctor or audiologist prior to purchasing hearing aids, you can save substantial amounts of money by cutting out the middleman and ordering directly from an FDA-approved manufacturer. In a study by the Better Hearing Institute, direct-to-consumer or mail order hearing aids are just as beneficial as traditional, more expensive hearing aids. On the average, the direct-to-consumer buyer enjoys an 80% cost savings with mail order hearing aids.
*Data in table sourced from: Kochkin, S. A comparison of consumer satisfaction, subjective benefit, and quality of life changes associated with traditional and direct-mail hearing aid use. Hearing Review. 2014;21(1):16-26.
And while veterans may be eligible for a free pair through the VA, it can be difficult to schedule an appointment and get access to ongoing support; there may even be travel considerations. Having a second set of low cost hearing aids as backups can prove to be a good idea.
Focus On The Features
What features should you look for in an affordable, FDA-approved hearing aid? Unlike a low cost Personal Sound Amplification Product or PSAP that simply make all sounds louder, hearing aids are designed to address the most frequent types of hearing loss in the most common environments. Look for hearing aids, either analog or digital, that offers a “one-size-fits most” sound processing programming built in, eliminating time consuming trips to a doctor or audiologists office for programing adjustment. An easy-to-use volume control, availability of parts, (including of replacement domes), tubes and batteries, 24/7 access to customer service and technical support, a risk-free trial period, and comprehensive warranty are all factors to consider when making this important purchase.
Take the time to do your research, get your hearing tested and try on a few different styles of hearing aids, including direct-to-consumer options to find the best ones for your type of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing.
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