Buy hearing aids can be a very expensive business. Top of the range models can cost upwards of £/$2000. This sort of cost can put people off having a better quality of life. Can you buy cheap hearing aids and if so then where is the best place to buy them.
What you need to know when buying cheap hearing aids.
I am going to review three cheap hearing aids here but there are a few fundamental things you will need to have before you make any decision on what type of device to buy.
Firstly, and most importantly you need to know the level of hearing loss you have. This is critical to ensuring that any hearing aid you purchase will meet your needs. To determine your hearing level you should have an audiogram done. This can be done by your doctor or by going to a hearing aid supplier who will generally have this facility on site.
Once you have established your hearing loss level, mild, moderate, severe or profound then you need to ask yourself what you want your new hearing aid to do. Is it primarily for use at home? Will you be wearing it to work? Will it need to be able to work in a noisy environment? Do you want it to be hidden from view?
Make a list of all the things you want from your hearing aid. Then set yourself a budget. My advice is always to set your budget as high as possible. After all, you are investing in your future quality of life and generally speaking the more you spend the better the device will be.
Where is the best place to buy cheap hearing aids?
If you know your hearing loss level or have a recent audiogram and have made a list of what you want your hearing aids to do then the best place that I have found for cheap devices is Amazon.
There are thousands of products to chose from and they range from a few £/$’s up to the very expensive models. I have chosen 3 different models to look at here and all of them are under £/$100.
Where to buy – AMAZON.
Price – £39.95
This is what I would call an entry level hearing aid. It fit’s both ears so doesn’t require any custom fitting and There are no bells and whistles with it but it does have a volume control. The main features are,
Digital technology delivering quality sound to your ear
Comfortable fit and almost invisible
Adjustable Volume -Fits Both Left & Right Ears
Medically Approved Digital Hearing Aid
Intelligent volume control
It is a pleasant looking device and comes in a sturdy presentation box. On the negative side, the description doesn’t tell you what level of hearing loss it caters for or where it is best used.
Where to buy – AMAZON
Price – £74.95
If you have done the homework that I mentioned above then the information provided for this hearing aid will allow you to make a better choice before you purchase. The main features of this device are,
This amazing new super small device fits in your ear – in fact, it’s so discreet you can hardly notice it.
Simply slip it in your ear and adjust the volume to suit your hearing needs and away you go! The design is so compact and comfortable that you’ll soon forget you’re wearing it.
The advanced microelectronic amplification circuitry will give you enhanced hearing without any whistles or interference that you find with cheaper imitations.
And because we are selling direct to customers we are able to offer the Infini Ear at an affordable price.
Other companies like you to believe that improved hearing costs a fortune, but not with Infini Ear.
No more batteries!
And what’s more, you’ll never have to worry about the cost or having to replace batteries.
The Infini Ear is fully rechargeable!
All you need to do is pop it into the charger and turn it on. You can charge it while you sleep. It’s so much more convenient than having to fiddle about with batteries.
As it doesn’t need to carry batteries it’s smaller than other devices. Ditch your old-fashioned fiddly device and try the new Infini Ear.
There are a few positives regarding this device that should be pointed out. The fact that you get two hearing aids will please a lot of people and also that they are rechargeable, so you no longer have to worry about batteries. Their small size will also be pleasing to those who don’t like their hearing aids to be seen by others.
On the negative side. Once again there is no mention of the level of hearing loss that these devices cover. I would also like to have seen information on how long a fully charged battery lasts.
Where to buy – AMAZON
Price – £97.58
One of the first things noticeable from the product description is that it actual tells you what level of hearing loss this device is aimed at. The rest of the information is very comprehensive and will allow you to make a very informed choice regarding this product. The main features of this device are,
Siemens is the largest manufacturer of hearing aids all over the world. This LATEST DESIGNED TOUCHING model is, Ready-To-Wear, 100% Pure Digital, Mini Size, Super High Power, Behind-The-Ear hearing aid. It suits for moderate to severe hearing loss. TOUCHING provides superior sound quality with low distortion – at a very competitive price. Unique in its class, TOUCHING uses a highly advanced feedback cancellation system, for comfortable hearing.
Features 1.100% digital signal processing chip 2.Low distorted, low noise digit acoustic fidelity output 3.Microphone noise abatement 4.Excellent feedback elimination system 5.New robust design with reinforcement, moisture-proof new outward appearance 6.Rocker volume control 7.Single easy to adjust NH Trimmer 8.Button control with two functions: Soft/Loud 9.Suit for the people with moderate and severe hearing loss.
Specification 1.Sturdy and good looking housing in fine finish. 2.Use one AA battery (not included) 3.For Moderate to severe hearing loss 4.Low frequency noise reduction mode 5.Siemens is the world’s largest manufacturer of hearing aids with 6.superior quality – at a very competitive price.
Package Content 1 BRAND NEW Siemens TOUCHING, 100% Digital, Mini Size, Super High Power, Behind-the-Ear, hearing aid 1 User Manual 3 different size ear plugs to fit your ear 1 carrying case.
Instructions 1.The wire plug connected to the headset.Then earplug connector (hard) to the headset, earbuds (silica gel) to connect to the headphone connector pedestal 2.The battery installation: Gently open the battery compartment cover, put a battery into the battery compartment in the right direction, then close the battery compartment. 3.Before you use this item, you have to turn the ON-OFF switch to Off, and turn the sound volume to minimum 4.Then put this item on your ear, keep it tightly 5.Next, turn this item ON, adjust the volume until you hear a clear sound.
It is clear to me that this is the most sophisticated of the three devices I have looked at. There is a good description of the device and they have even included the fitting instructions. It also comes with a 1-year manufacturers warranty.
To round things up
So there you have it, 3 different models, at 3 different prices and all under £100. This is only the tip of the iceberg. As I have said above there are thousands of hearing aids available online.
Amazon is one of the biggest and best sales platforms in the world. That is why I have endorsed them here. They have a reputation second to none and their returns policy also offers you a good measure of protection.
If none of these products is what you are looking for and you want to browse more, then just click the Amazon link at the bottom left-hand side of this page and type in hearing aids. This will bring you up many many more choices.
As always I would love to hear from you. Have you ever bought a cheap hearing aid online? How did you find the experience? Was the device what you expected? Please feel free to leave a comment below and I will answer it as soon as possible.