The word “cheap” has dual meanings. For somebody on a small budget, it means “affordability”. Conversely, it indicates low-quality, turning a seemingly economical purchase into a not-so-smart decision, epitomized by the saying “You get what you pay for”.
Unfortunately, determining whether you’re getting a great deal from whether you’re getting a very low-quality device can be tricky. This is especially true in the realm of hearing aids.
The saying “you get what you pay for” is particularly potent with hearing aids. This means eliminating the devices that are priced in the “too good to be true” zone, not automatically opting for the most costly option. Customers need to be aware that important information is often excluded from the marketing campaigns of cheap hearing aids.
They usually just amplify sound
Cheap “hearing aids” generally provide limited functionality, mainly amplifying or decreasing overall volume. If you amplify the volume to hear the TV better, you’ll also get background noises like the dishwasher, a fan in a different room, a barking dog, or the sound of your house slippers going across the floor.
If everything is louder, it totally defeats the purpose of having a hearing aid.
On the other hand, a high-quality, modern hearing aid goes beyond simple volume adjustment. It skillfully manages sound, enhancing the clarity of desired sounds while reducing background sound. Authentic hearing aids are tailored to your distinct hearing needs, closely mimicking natural hearing with greater accuracy.
PSAPs vs. Hearing Aids
There are strict rules about what an advertiser can call a hearing aid as written 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 providers that comply with correct marketing. But you may find some uninformed salespeople or products on Amazon or eBay that deceive consumers into believing that these devices meet the definition of a hearing aid. Some even inaccurately advertise that they are FDA-approved.
For most kinds of hearing loss they won’t be helpful at all
The majority of people who lose their hearing will gradually lose particular frequencies of sound before others. For instance, you might have no trouble hearing a man with a low voice, but struggle with a woman’s or child’s voice, finding it difficult to comprehend.
A cheap hearing device usually results in total volume amplification. But simply turning up the overall volume will not be sufficient for people who have a hard time hearing particular frequencies. Furthermore, turning up the volume significantly to hear the sound of your granddaughter playing on the floor might result in your adult son’s speech sounding like a roar, potentially adding to hearing loss if exposed to high volumes for prolonged periods.
High-quality hearing aids can be programmed to boost selected frequencies offering a much better solution. They can automatically adjust the frequency you struggle to hear to one that is more audible, delivering a more tailored and reliable hearing experience.
Feedback can be a problem
Cheap hearing aids are generally not custom fit to your ears. A feedback loop is frequently the outcome of poorly fitting hearing aids. The microphone picks up the sound from the speaker in your ear as it jiggles around. This will result in a deafening screech.
They normally don’t have cellphone support
When individuals are looking for a budget-friendly device, they frequently sacrifice functionality like Bluetooth connectivity. The absence of Bluetooth becomes critical when considering phone connectivity. Trying to amplify a cheap hearing aid while on the phone leads to capturing not just the caller’s voice but also the sounds of your ear, lips, clothing, and hair rubbing against the phone, making it even more difficult to hear the person on the other end.
More sophisticated hearing aids are digital and utilize Bluetooth connectivity to connect directly to your phone. Overall communication and clarity will be improved so you can be sure you will hear your daughter’s voice on the phone.
They were never meant to treat hearing loss
Most individuals would most likely be surprised by this. These amplifiers were never intended to treat hearing loss. They were made to amplify sound for individuals who have fairly good hearing.
If you have very slight hearing loss then cheap devices may help a little. But individuals who actually need hearing aids won’t find these cheaper devices very helpful.
Where can you get quality affordable hearing aids?
Getting affordable quality hearing aids isn’t difficult. They might even be covered by insurance or other third parties. There are also affordable brands, leasing plans, and financing options. If you suspect you have hearing loss, start by getting checked out. Make an appointment with us so we can help you get the best and most affordable hearing aids for your degree and type of hearing loss.