Factors to Consider before Buying a Hearing Aid

Factors to consider before buying hearing aids

Has your hearing been impacted by major life changes?

Hearing loss can happen to people of every generation! Consider the last question; when was the last time you attended a hearing test? If it was anytime in the last 3 months or so, a consultation is recommended to determine your hearing needs.

Hearing loss is not limited to the elderly. In fact, hearing loss can happen at any age and can affect how a person communicates or performs everyday tasks such as driving a car.

Just as important are questions such as:

  • What if the hearing aid fails?
  • How long will it take for the hearing aid to be replaced?
  • How long will the insurance on the hearing aid last?
  • How should the hearing aid be disposed of after several years of use?

There are several factors to consider before buying a hearing aid for the first time or if you’re considering an upgrade.

Types of hearing aids

Hearing aids help people who are hard of hearing hear better and make the way certain sounds are felt different from those who can hear naturally.

Hearing impairment is a condition that affects one or both ears. This condition can have various causes and can affect any individual at any age. People suffering from hearing impairment or deafness may find the sounds in their world very difficult to understand.

There are different types of hearing aids that are used to assist people with hearing loss.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

In-the-canal hearing aids are a new type of hearing aid that is gradually taking over from the older type of hearing aids, the behind-the-ear or aural-canal model. Instead of being worn outside the ear canal, ITC hearing aids are inserted directly into the ear canal.

This allows for better hearing and also ensures that the hearing aid is much less visible to others. In-the-canal hearing aids are recommended by hearing centres in Singapore for those who are looking for the kind of hearing solution.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

Contemporary hearing aids use behind-the-ear technology and they often look quite modern and discreet in terms of their appearance.

They now come with advanced sound detection technology that makes it easier to hear in noisy and crowded settings. New and modern BTE hearing aids, even as small as a quarter, must account for both audio amplitude and frequency.

Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids

With these hearing aids, the sound is transmitted directly to the recipient’s cochlea, and they are amplified across the entire spectrum. For the complete set of hearing aids to perform its task, it must be inserted into a vacant part of the user’s ear canal.

Benefits of buying hearing aids

Dozens of product reviews and comparisons are available online to help people find a modern hearing aid that meets their specific needs.

If a hard-of-hearing person has been looking for a way to navigate the world around them more effectively, then they should consider turning to a hearing device like a hearing aid. Hearing aids are designed to help people hear better by offering them an improved ability to detect and distinguish sounds.

Here are some benefits of buying hearing aids:

  • Improve overall hearing quality
  • Hold conversations longer
  • Relieve hearing strains overtime

Prices of hearing aids

Hearing loss affects millions around the world, around 500,000 in Singapore. And if you're one of them, finding the right hearing aid to suit your needs can be challenging. Hearing aid prices start at about $650 and can go up to $7000 depending on features and required configuration.

To make the purchase worth it though, be sure to consult with a hearing specialist first and get a comprehensive hearing assessment. Doing so gives you knowledge on the extent of your hearing loss and be recommended with the right hearing aid for your hearing situation.