Are you wanting to rekindle those moments of effortlessly staying connected with work, family, and friends? The good news is that modern hearing aids have evolved to become not just tools for better hearing but also accessible companions that can seamlessly integrate into your life.
In today’s world, remarkable advancements in hearing aid technology have made them not only more effective but also more affordable than ever before. So, if you’re contemplating the idea of embracing in-ear hearing aids to enhance your quality of life, here’s a glimpse into some of the popular features that make them worth considering:
Bluetooth Hearing Aid Technology
Bluetooth-compatible hearing aids allow you to connect with specific Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your smartphone or iPad. In fact, Bluetooth technology has made it possible for your phone to send the sound directly through your hearing aid(s). This allows for convenient, clear, custom-set communication, as well as hearing in both ears, which results in a much clearer signal compared to using a phone on one ear.
Some advanced hearing aids are equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) that helps learn your listening preferences and target the sounds you need and want to hear, making those sounds more prominent.
For example, when seated in a noisy room with a friend or spouse, hearing aids with AI can automatically shift to provide more comfort or more clarity to help you hear and communicate your best. These hearing aids also can remember your preferred settings and automatically adjust when you enter locations you often visit.
Digital Adaptive Directional Microphones
Newer digital hearing aids typically include two microphones, helping detect which direction a sound is coming from. Adaptive directional microphones are designed to prioritize speech coming from in front when other sound may interfere. This may help you hear speech better in a complex listening situation.
Rechargeable hearing aids
Most of the major hearing aid manufacturers now offer rechargeable hearing aid options. In general, rechargeables offer technological advances beyond the battery, including improved signal processing and more automatic adjustments. These help you hear better and more comfortably in complex listening situations, like in the car, social settings, talking on the phone or watching TV. Most of this advanced technology is available in non-rechargeable options as well. Make sure you understand the pros and cons of rechargeable and disposable batteries before deciding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Budget-Friendly Hearing Aid Options
See some of the answers to the most common questions around affordable hearing solutions.
What are some affordable hearing solutions that are available on the market?
Some of the most common affordable hearing solutions available today include over-the-counter hearing aids and prescription hearing aids.
How do over-the-counter hearing aids compare to prescription hearing aids?
Over-the-counter hearing aids are often less expensive than prescription hearing aids, but they also tend to be less effective and have fewer customizable features. They may not provide the same level of sound quality, customization, or comfort as prescription hearing aids. We recommend you consult with your audiologist to find the best overall option for your hearing needs.
Is it possible to get a hearing solution that is both affordable and effective?
Yes, it is possible to find a hearing solution that is both affordable for your budget and effective in aiding your hearing needs. It is important to work with a local, professional audiologist to determine the best solution for your specific needs and budget.
The Cost of Affordable Hearing Solutions
What should you expect to pay for hearing aids equipped with these features?
There are significant differences across hearing aid technology. Digital hearing aids use tiny computer chips to process sound. More sophisticated computer chips have better processing which help make it easier for you to hear and understand in all situations. Typically, the cost of hearing aids start at about $650 to $2,700 per ear, depending on the sophistication of technology purchased. The length of time or amount of the professional hearing aid-related services also can affect purchase price, in addition to if you have over-the-counter hearing aids or not.
Do be aware that advertisements offering big discounts or special “discount plans” are usually based upon inflated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). “Free trials” are often non-custom devices fit without verification. Also, be wary of advertisements promising discounts for trying new hearing aids under “study or clinical trial.” These marketing techniques can be misleading because hearing aid manufacturers conduct these studies prior to new product release. Beware of what appear to be less expensive options or third-party discount programs for hearing aids. These may not include all the professional services necessary to meet your ongoing needs. In addition, they sometimes only offer off-brand, lower-end technology.
To keep this breakthrough technology an affordable hearing solution, Associated Audiologists accepts most major insurance plans, and also has options for Medicare Advantage or replacement plans. In addition, there are financing and private pay options available to help make hearing aid technology more affordable, too.
Learn more about the latest hearing aid technology and affordable options. Schedule an appointment with a doctoral-level audiologist.