Hearing aids in the 21st Century are as different from your grandparents’ hearing aids as your smartphone is from an old rotary-dial telephone. Today’s hearing aids are smaller, more attractive, and more comfortable to wear. They use sophisticated digital signal processing and sound management algorithms to more closely emulate natural hearing, and they are loaded with convenient features to enhance the hearing experience. In short, hearing aids do a much better job of treating hearing loss than ever before.
Hot New Features
Some of the hottest new additions hearing aid manufacturers have included in their lineup are smartphone-compatible and rechargeable models. Many high-end hearing aids now connect wirelessly to your smartphone, allowing you to discretely change settings and stream audio like phone calls, directions, and music directly to your hearing aids.
Rechargeable models are a fairly recent addition as well. The wearer docks the hearing aids overnight for a charge that lasts up to 24 hours. This is an attractive convenience feature for many hearing aid wearers who otherwise have to maintain a supply of batteries and change them on a weekly basis.
The high-end models that include these features are fairly expensive. At a retail location, you would typically pay $2,000-$3,000 or more per aid. Fortunately, as a VSP member you don’t have to pay that high a price to enjoy the new technology. VSP members have access to special offers from TruHearing, which offers the same hearing aids at up to 60% off average retail pricing.
How to Get the Best Value
Advances in hearing technology have reached the point that you don’t have to pay a lot of money to get a good hearing aid. Even the basic hearing aids sold today are better than the top-model hearing aids of ten years ago. So shopping for hearing aids today is less about choosing a good hearing aid over a bad hearing aid, it’s more about getting the best value.
It’s important to get the best hearing aid for you at a price you can afford. A basic hearing aid might work just fine for some people, but others may be disappointed by its performance. On the other hand, you may spend more for a top-of-the-line model, when a more reasonably priced hearing aid would address your needs just as well.
Understanding the Technology
So how do you know which hearing aid will be the best value for you? First you need to understand the differences in technology levels and how they are categorized. Hearing aids today are categorized by their sound quality and features. They start on the low end with Basic, and then go to Standard, Advanced, and finally Premium. As you move up levels, the sound quality improves from a more synthetic experience to a one that is closer to natural hearing.
Think of it like the difference between a hand-held radio compared and a high-end stereo system. Although you can listen to the same song through both, a stereo system will give you higher fidelity and a better overall listening experience than a hand-held radio. Simply put, lower technology-level hearing aids will provide a less natural hearing experience—especially in more complex sound environments—while more advanced models will provide you with more natural sound in every setting.
High Quality and Great Price
VSP members and their extended family can save up to 60% on digital hearing aids, saving them thousands of dollars. To take advantage of this offer, call TruHearing at 1-855-205-6259. For more details, visit truhearing.com/vsp.
This is a guest post from our partners at TruHearing.