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There are a couple different ways to think about the term “cheap hearing aids”. For anyone on a small budget, it means “affordability”. But we’ve all heard the phrase “You get what you pay for”, and in this case, the term “cheap” suggests low-quality hearing aids.

Unfortunately, deciding if you’re getting a great value from whether you’re buying a really low-quality device can be challenging. This is especially relevant in the realm of hearing aids.

With hearing aids, the axiom “you get what you pay for” is especially valid. This doesn’t always mean picking the top-tier option, but rather, scrutinizing products that boast a price tag too enticing to be genuine. Customers need to recognize that essential information is frequently left out of the marketing campaigns of cheap hearing aids.

They usually just amplify sound

Increasing the overall volume is typically the only thing cheap “hearing aids” are capable of. When you just amplify everything, the sounds you want to hear better are amplified but so are undesirable background sounds you don’t want.

The purpose of having a hearing aid is completely defeated if it also amplifies undesirable sound.

A modern state-of-the-art hearing aid, in comparison, does much more than simply turn up the volume. It expertly manages sound, maximizing the clarity of desired sounds while reducing background noise. Real hearing aids simulate natural hearing with great accuracy and are custom tuned to your particular hearing needs.

Hearing aids vs. PSAPs

There are strict rules about what an advertiser can call a hearing aid as published by the Food and Drug Administration.

Unfortunately, many personal sound amplification products PSAPs are falsely advertised as hearing aids even though they only amplify sound.

There are many legitimate and reputable companies that comply with proper marketing. But there are some vendors, especially online, that might be misinformed about what characterizes the difference between hearing aids and PSAPs, and as a result, they put out misleading claims about their products. Some even inaccurately advertise that they are FDA-approved.

For most types of hearing loss they won’t be helpful at all

The progressive loss of hearing usually involves difficulty with particular frequencies instead of a sudden complete loss. For instance, you may have no trouble hearing a man with a low voice, but struggle with a woman’s or child’s voice, finding it challenging to comprehend.

A cheap hearing device usually results in overall volume amplification. But simply cranking up the overall volume will not be adequate for people who have a hard time hearing particular frequencies. And turning the overall volume up could result in added damage to your hearing because the frequencies you don’t have trouble with will be roaring in your ears.

High-quality hearing aids can be programmed to increase particular frequencies providing a much better solution. They provide a more customized hearing experience by shifting frequencies you can’t hear very well to frequencies you hear better.

Feedback can be an issue

You won’t get a custom fit with cheap hearing aids. Without that custom fit, you’ll create a feedback loop. The microphone picks up the sound from the speaker in your ear as it jiggles around. This will generate a deafening screech.

They normally don’t have cellphone support

Functionality is often sacrificed when opting for budget options, and this holds true for lots of inexpensive hearing aids lacking Bluetooth connectivity. The lack of Bluetooth becomes critical when considering phone connectivity. Attempting to amplify a cheap hearing aid while on the phone leads to capturing not only the caller’s voice but also the sounds of your ear, lips, clothing, and hair brushing against the phone, making it even more difficult to hear the person on the other end.

More advanced hearing aids are digital and utilize Bluetooth connectivity to connect directly to your phone. This state-of-the-art feature ensures that when your daughter talks on the other end, her voice is transmitted directly into your hearing aids, enhancing clarity and overall communication.

They’re not designed for people with hearing loss

This may come as a shock because so many individuals think otherwise. These amplifiers were never intended to treat hearing loss. They were made to help people who have fairly good hearing hear things a bit louder.

Cheap devices may help a little if you only have slight hearing loss. But they won’t be of much use for people who actually need hearing aids.

Finding quality, affordable hearing aids

There are many ways to get hearing aids affordably. Insurance or other third parties might cover them. You can also find financing options, leasing programs, and more affordable brands. The first step is to get a hearing test if you suspect you may have hearing loss. Schedule an appointment with us so we can help you find the best and most affordable hearing aids for your degree and type of hearing loss.

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References
https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/consumer-products/hearing-aids

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