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ARE PRICE OF HEARING AIDS BASED ON SIZE?
There is a popular perception that the smallest hearing aids are the most expensive. This is a myth and totally untrue. The cost of the hearing aids are not based on the size but is based on the technology instilled in them. Within the technology platform, invisible in canal (IIC), completely in canal (CIC), in-the-canal (ITC), receiver in canal (RIC) and behind the ear (BTE) hearing aid models are available. The price difference between an invisible in canal (IIC) and behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids within the same technology platform is very marginal.
SHOULD PRICE BE THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR WHEN CHOOSING A HEARING AID?
It is understandable that the price of advanced modern hearing aids are very high and almost out of reach for a common man. However choosing a hearing aid based on the price is definitely not the right approach. At Astra Hearing Care we strongly believe that hearing aids are not to be sold but dispensed. The audiologists at Astra recommend the minimum best hearing aid for each individual based on three important factors – Age of the individual, hearing loss of the individual based on the test report and the requirements of each individual. The requirements of the individual with hearing loss is not the size and shape of the hearing aid, it is each individualistic lifestyle situations in which the hearing aids need to perform and give him excellent hearing. It is not necessary that you need to choose the most expensive hearing aid, however it is important that you choose the minimum best hearing aid recommended as that’s the one that would redress hearing loss perfectly. In case hearing aids are chosen based on only the price factor, the individual with hearing loss may find it extremely loud and uncomfortable. In many a cases such hearing aids would become totally un-usable to the individual even though money had been spent. Therefore it is recommended that an individual with hearing loss chooses a hearing aid that is recommended and not the one that is the cheapest in cost. Any hearing aid above the minimum one recommended could be chosen based on one’s affordability.
WHICH IS THE BEST HEARING AID?
The best hearing aid for an individual with hearing loss is the one that solves his problems in most hearing situations. It is recommended that one should choose from the top line hearing aid brands as that would ensure that you get the best of technology. However a hearing aid by itself is only a machine and it requires an expert audiologist to program it according to the needs and preferences of the individual with hearing loss. Even if one purchases the most expensive hearing aid and if the same is not programed to suit his hearing loss and exclusive lifestyle requirements, it really does not serve the purpose and is not the best hearing aid for him. Therefore the best approach to choose the best hearing aid is to first identify an audiologist who does an assessment of the hearing loss and makes a recommendation of the minimum best technology hearing aid that is required to redress that hearing loss.
iPhone Compatible hearing aids
These hearing aids connect directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through the TruLink app that could be downloaded from the Apple app store. These hearing aids stream mobile phone calls and music directly to your hearing aids with pristine sound and exceptional listening clarity.
Invisible Hearing Aids
If you are looking to wear a hearing aid that is 100% invisible to others, then these invisible in canal hearing aids is the best solution for you. Invisible hearing aids are custom made to ones ears and is completely invisible in most ears. These hearing aids can be fitted on individuals with severe to profound hearing loss too (provided their ear canal is wide enough to accommodate high power receivers).
Wireless Hearing Aids
These hearing aids are to be used along with the new and innovative Surflink mobile 2. SURFLINK MOBILE 2 is a cell phone transmitter, assistive listening device, media streamer, and hearing aid remote all rolled into one. Using Surflink mobile 2, you could stream phone calls and music directly to your hearing aids. It could also be used as an external microphone to listen to the television and conversations in noisy environments.
Hearing Aids for Children (Mild to moderate Hearing Loss)
Fitting hearing aids on children is the most challenging job for most audiologists. Children with mild to moderate hearing loss fall in a category that is relatively easy to fit hearing aids. However choosing the right technology and style is most important. These hearing aids have a technology called Spectral iQ, that is designed to enhance real-time audibility by intelligently identifying high-frequency speech cues, then replicating them in lower frequencies. These hearing aids also have HydraShield nano coating to better protect them from sweat, earwax and other oily substances.
Hearing Aids for Children (Severe to Profound Hearing Loss)
Fitting hearing aids on children with severe to profound hearing loss is most challenging but not impossible. Most of these children are fitted with high power behind the ear hearing aids. Receiver in canal hearing aids with high power receivers can also be used in some cases. These hearing aids have both Spectral IQ - A technology that is designed to enhance real-time audibility by intelligently identifying high frequency speech cues, then replicating them in lower frequencies and HydraShield nano coating to better protect them from sweat, earwax and other oily substances.