We all want to find a bargain and get the best deal. But for some items, the price is directly related to the quality of the product and the experience you get while using it. Hearing aids are an excellent example of something that may seem expensive upfront but pays for itself time and time again.
While working with your audiologist to purchase a hearing aid from a well-known manufacturer is not the only option, it is the best. If you search online right now you will find there are a number of devices on the market for just a fraction of the price of a high-end hearing aid. The problem? These are not hearing aids. Instead, they are personal sound amplification devices, known as PSAPs.
PSAPs are simple amplification devices that make the sounds around you louder. But without the individualized programming you get from your audiologist, the right volume setting is just a guess. You can actually damage your hearing further by turning the device up too high.
In addition, these cheaper devices are not made well. Not only will you end up having to replace them, but they can burn through batteries at remarkable speed. Some devices will require you to change the batteries daily. This expense can add up.
Hearing aids recommended by your audiologist are built to last. Their superior technology provides a better hearing experience. There are even rechargeable options that don’t require you to spend any additional money on new batteries.
A 2013 study found that adults with hearing loss make approximately 25 percent less money and were more likely to be unemployed than those with normal hearing. This is because communication is an important component of any job, from interacting with customers to working with your colleagues to solve a problem. And if you cannot be part of these crucial conversations, it is difficult to be as good at your job as you could be.
Untreated hearing loss puts you are greater risk of injury, specifically falls.
In addition, being able to hear helps you be aware of your surroundings. You can hear oncoming traffic, someone walking behind you and the chirp from your smoke alarm when it needs a battery change.
While hearing aids are an expensive purchase, they can increase your quality of life and keep your safer, healthier and happier. To learn more or to get started, contact the experts at ENT of Athens today.