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How to Save More and Hear Better with Hearing Aids?

Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:18:27 PM Asia/Calcutta

With very few insurance plans covering hearing aids, customers often complain that they have no other option left than to let go of a lump sum amount from their pockets at once! Therefore, it is not surprising why people come up with the most commonly asked question, ‘Why hearing aids cost so much?’ So read on to find out whether a hearing aid machine is really worth the price you are paying for.

Considering the price of hearing aids, especially if you are going for the advanced and updated digital hearing aids of this day, the price you are having to pay is a huge barrier to many. But if you buy hearing aids by carefully considering certain things, then we assure you that you would get the most out of your hearing aid machine and at the same time you will be able to save your pocket! Finding the right hearing aid price list and what aspects you must look for in your device is what we are here to help you with.

 

What is the Price of Hearing Aids?

In India, the price of hearing aids can be quite difficult to quote, because they come in a large variety of styles and features. To put it roughly, the price of a basic hearing aid machine can be around 10,000 - 35,000, while premium or advanced digital hearing aids can go up to 1 - 2.5 lakhs.

To learn more about how to find the right hearing aid price list and the things to consider before you buy hearing aids, click here.

 

Why Such a Huge Price Range?

The price of hearing aids depends upon the features that they come in. The higher the number of features, the higher would the price go. But, most hearing aids are really worth the price. Primarily because, you can hear really well with them, especially if you were missing out the joy of hearing, and secondly because your lifestyle becomes so much easier and better. Some advanced digital hearing aids can let you be a part of the hearing world via the wireless media and the internet, thus helping you live a better quality of life.

If you ask why do the hearing aids come in such a huge price range, we would say that they are worth it and you won’t regret buying them. Starting from good sound quality, performance, advanced features, customized designs and fits, and of course, the happiness that comes along with it, to leading a healthy life, you would want to pay a little amount for all these wonderful things. After all, nobody wants to live a life without sounds. No words can explain how frustrating and distressing it is to live with a hearing loss.

You may often get tempted to go for attractive offers and discounts. But before you actually buy any device, do consider certain points (which we are about to discuss in the next section), and also remember to go through the terms and conditions and the policies of the hearing aid dealer carefully. Don’t get distracted by misleading offers. Also, do consider comparing several dealers and go for the one who would provide you with the best service. Most importantly, consulting with a certified and professional Audiologist is a MUST in any case! He or she will help you make the right decision - for which you won’t be regretting in the long run.

 

What to Consider Before You Buy Hearing Aids?

Although we have covered this section in our previous blogs: ‘Choosing the Right Type of Hearing Aid Device’ and ‘What to Consider When Comparing Hearing Aid Brands’, but briefing up again would be helpful -

  • The sound clarity

  • The performance of the hearing aid machine

  • Whether you are getting good warranty periods and what things are covered in them

  • Whether you are getting the right fit

  • Whether your hearing aid machine is meeting your personal needs

  • Check for the hearing aid price list and go for the best price

  • Whether the hearing aid dealer is reliable

  • Check for the longevity and the durability of the device. Look for a good battery life

  • There are digital hearing aids that come with wireless connectivity technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc at affordable prices. You can check out on those

  • Definitely go for the aesthetics, but never make that the first priority. For instance, you might want to go for the smallest and invisible hearing aid machine to hide your weakness. But that shouldn’t hamper with the quality of your hearing experience. Better hearing should always be your first priority and you must focus on it above anything else. Other things will be sorted out by themselves.

You might also want to consider checking out our blog on ‘5 Tips to Get the Best Out of Your Digital Hearing Aids’.

Always remember, better hearing is a key to living a better quality of life.

Listen Up! : 10 tips to adjust to your new hearing aids

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:45:45 PM Asia/Calcutta

The first few days of using a hearing aid are weird. It’s almost like the first few days of marriage - you feel a rush of new, like your life has changed but still can’t get past that initial discomfort. Any Hearing Aid Clinic in India always considers this period of discomfort among new users of the hearing aid and they also suggest a few exercises to help users get accustomed to the hearing aid, but it is often seen that new-users often do not consider these suggestions seriously and end up with discomfort once again. Then they’re forced to consult an audiologist to help them get accustomed to their hearing aids. Hearing Plus, as one of the leading chains in Hearing Aid Clinic India, takes notice of this problem. Here is a list of 10 tips that will help you get adjusted to your new hearing aids in an easy and organic way.

1.Start in a quiet room

The first day of wearing a hearing aid is quite an experience. It is advisable to sit in a quiet room and get used to your newly rediscovered ability to fathom faint sounds. The ticking of a clock and the sounds of vehicles outside are things that you will have to get used to. At first, these sounds may seem unnaturally loud. This is because the brain isn’t used to these sounds. But do not worry. The brain is pretty adept at adjusting to anything new. Just let the brain work its magic. All you’ve got to do is let your brain figure out a way to make it comfortable for you. Sitting and consciously listening to sounds in a quiet room really helps. Some healthcare professionals often may ask you to note down words or sounds that you may find bothersome to listen to. Keep practising listening and you will notice that your listening ability will improve a lot with every subsequent follow-up visit. If you still find certain words bothersome, consult your healthcare professional.

2.Never get discouraged or irritated if it feels funny

Have you ever seen anyone getting adjusted to spectacles on the first day itself? No. Right?! It takes a few days for your nose to get adjusted to your spectacles resting on it. Hearing aids behave in a similar way. It will take a while for you to get adjusted to the new found listening ability and the device itself. Do not be discouraged by it. Simply keep wearing it till it becomes part of your being. Most people feel irritated or embarrassed and stop wearing hearing aids within a week. If you feel irritated by your hearing aids, it is advisable to be in touch with your audiologist. Choose any Hearing aid clinic in India that ensures that they’re available to look after your needs till it gets comfortable.

3.Wear it only a few hours a day initially

It is recommended by most hearing aid clinic in India to wear your hearing aids for at least 8 hours in a day. In the beginning, wear your hearing aids only for a few hours in a day that too not at a stretch and gradually increase the usage duration with time. This will help you understand the difference and help your mind and ears to get conditioned to the change.

4.Always practice talking to people in groups

A hearing aid can make sounds chaotic especially when in a group. Many of those who have just been introduced to hearing aids find it very difficult to adapt to the change. The sound of group chatter is something that can get very difficult to get used to as people speak in different frequencies and hearing aid microphones are extremely sensitive. So the surreal experience could quickly turn out to be a chaotic one. Some people feel very uneasy using these hearing aids and hence are only motivated to stop using it. There are hearing aid clinic in India that will program your hearing aid helping you specifically to understand speech in noise. While just starting out with your hearing aids, practice to talk to people in groups. Practice is the only way out.

5.Avoid experimenting with volume

What many people do is experiment with the volume settings. They feel like increasing or decreasing the volume level may help them hear better or clearer. The brain takes it’s time to adjust to the new sensation it is going to experience as you start using hearing aids. In case you feel that the volume settings in your hearing aids need to change, it is advisable to avoid any kind of self-experimentation and consult your audiologist right away.

6.Set the television to a ‘normal’ volume

It is very common for new users to blare the volume of the TV thinking it will help them hear things clearer. That will not help your brain and ear to adapt to the hearing levels of the hearing aid. Instead set the volume of the TV to normal and continue like that even if the volume sounds a little faint. Over time, the ears adjust and you are able to hear well.

7.Use captions and subtitles to the fullest

Most modern hearing aid clinics in India now encourage new hearing-aid users to practice watching videos with captions and subtitles with low volume. This is sort of a brain exercise to help adapt to certain words and the sounds associated with it.

8.Listening exercises with eyes closed

Similar to how the nose and tongue equally play a part in the brain’s processing of taste, the eyes also help in perception and hence hearing. Practising hearing using hearing aids with your eyes closed helps in understanding depth and distance with your newfound hearing ability.

9.Read aloud to yourself

It is extremely important to read aloud to yourself. Self-hearing is extremely important. This helps you to practice and understand the volume that you should be speaking at no matter whether the hearing aid is on or off, so that you do not sound too loud for people around you.

10.While you read, listen to the audio recording of the book

Another reading exercise that really helps to condition the ear is to listen to recordings of audio books while also reading the books. This will help you with hearing a lot.

In case you are still finding it difficult to adapt to your hearing aids, consult an audiologist right away. Hearing Plus has been helping new user rehabilitate to their new found ability to hear. Get in touch with us and hear free, feel free!

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