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The Way To Select A Cut-Price Hearing Aid

By Owen Jones

When you go to consult your ‘ENT’ (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor, your otolaryngologist or your audiologist, it is better to have some personal knowledge of hearing aids and the type of hearing aid you would like and can afford. If you do not have this knowledge, you may come away from the doctor’s surgery feeling that you have been rail-roaded into making a snap decision and purchasing something that you would rather not have.

It is much better to go in with some knowledge on hearing aids, then to listen to what the doctor has to say to you and then to do some more study on that supplementary information.

Many doctors’ surgeries will recommend you a range of first-rate hearing aids, but they are rarely bargain basement priced. You normally have to pay the full recommended retail price, which does not make sense, because everything is on sale somewhere nowadays.

The problem that you will face, if you attempt to get a cut-rate model is how to avoid forgeries and seconds. Therefore, it is imperative to check the item that you are buying against the specifications of an authentic device.

If you do this right, you could save between 25% and 50% on the MRRP (manufacturer’s recommended retail price). In order to make sure that you have the legitimate article, take away literature on the doctor’s recommended hearing aids from the doctor’s office.

Get as much data on two or three hearing aids as you can along with the doctor’s prices. Now you can go for a walk through town and surf the Internet looking for the exact same devices at cut-rate prices.

Be suspicious of look-a-likes and forgeries. I once saw dozens of people buying hugely low-priced Nokia 97 mobile phones. Not many people noticed that it said: Nokla 97 on the phones’ casing and of course, most of the functions of the original did not work. Checking the country of origin can be a sure sign, although most things appear to be made in China these days.

If the doctor’s recommendation was for a digital unit, be sure not to be fooled by phrases such as ‘programmable analogue’ or even ‘programmable digital’, because they are not completely digital, even though they are better than straight analogue hearing aids.

A truly digital device will have channels so that your audiologist can fine tune the device to your particular hearing problems. Make sure that the unit you are looking at has the same quantity of channels as your doctor’s.

Check that the two items are worn in exactly the same way, because many manufacturers will make quite a few models of hearing aid, so an HA991 could easily be confused with an inferior HA990, for instance.

Check the data for both devices carefully especially with regard to the aid’s sensitivity, directional microphones and sound reproduction capabilities.

Do both items have the same amount of presets? And do they both have a memory for your preferred settings? These presets are not necessarily essential, but once you have used them, you will soon find them tremendously handy. This is a lot of information to keep in mind, but it is the only reliable method if you want to learn how to choose a discount hearing aid shrewdly.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece writes on many subjects, but is currently concerned with hearing aids comparisons. If you would like to know more or check out some great offers, please go to our website at Digital Hearing Aids Prices.

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