If you are considering improving your hearing so you can enjoy eating out again, then your first decision should be what type you need. Not all hearing devices are as suitable for retired people as some of the best behind the ear hearing aids (BTE) are. So let’s take an objective look at what’s available to help you decide.
Different Lifestyles Call for Different Hearing Aids
Not all hearing aid types fit the profile of comfortable hearing aids for regular use. An extreme sportsperson specializing in abseiling down skyscrapers will pay more than our BTE hearing aids fitting securely behind average ears. That’s because their exceptionally rigorous lifestyle could force them to come loose.
Other clients who might find our affordable BTE hearing aids unsuitable are vanity customers like movie stars and fashion show models. They are obsessed with their looks, and don’t want their fans to know their hearing is a little dim. These people pay tens of thousands of dollars extra as a price for their vanity.
Let’s Compare the Rest with the Best Behind the Ear Hearing Aids
- Completely in Canal Hearing Aids
Completely in Canal (CIC) hearing aids are good for mild to moderate hearing loss. They are among the most suitable devices for vanity customers and sports people because they are hidden deep in the ear. However, these people pay quite a bit more for hearing aids with these deficiencies:
- They have very small batteries which have a shorter life.
- These batteries are hard to find lying among other things
- Their small size means there’s no way to adjust volume
- They need regular cleaning to get rid of wax build up
- In Canal Hearing Aids
These are somewhat more comfortable hearing aids, because you can twiddle them around to adjust the fit. They go partly into the ear and work well for people with mild to moderate loss.
However, they are still more expensive than good quality digital BTE hearing aids. That’s because there’s less room to squeeze in the technology. However, they can also be easier to insert and remove compared to CIC’s depending on the user’s finger dexterity.
- In the Ear Hearing Aids
But there’s a catch, unless you have fingers and eyesight good enough to thread a needle in a flash. The device squeezes entirely into the bowl-shaped outer ear, and the first part of the canal. That means the control switches are fiddly. If you don’t have severe hearing loss you may like to pass this one over.
- Behind the Ear Hearing Aids
Behind the ear hearing aids have remained popular since transistorized hearing aid technology began in the 1960’s. However, the science really leaped forward ten years later when digital programming teamed with analog amplifiers, filters and signal limiters.
The world’s first patent for a digital, behind the ear device filed in America in 1984. Since then, all subsequent, fully digital hearing aids follow those same principles, whether they are in-canal, in-ear, or behind-the-ear designs. They all use microprocessors allowing some adjustment for user preferences.
The Hearing Aid That’s Best for Your Personal Needs
It’s a matter of personal preference really, although users generally prefer the most comfortable hearing aids they could almost forget about. We say ‘almost’, because just like contact lenses and dental plates you’ll always subconsciously know they are there.
Lifestyle is an important consideration. We’ll be honest. We don’t cater for extreme sports people who like climbing the Rocky Mountains, or fighting surf in personal water craft. However, if you enjoy a quiet to average lifestyle, then our BTE hearing aids could be for you.
We are in the affordable BTE hearing aid business because we like to be in charge of technology, not the other way around. We don’t like pushing gadgets deep into our ears, and we certainly like to avoid tiny, fiddly controls we need a microscope to operate.
THE COST OF HEARING AIDS
The COVID-19 crisis has caused major financial re-think among many Americans. Steady income and a lifestyle that seemed so secure can change suddenly. Credit has become something to reconsider at least twice. The luxury goods market is in difficulty.
Throughout out all these Blue Angels behind the ear, chargeable hearing aids have continued selling steadily, and there’s even been an uptick. That’s because we have been able to keep our special deal running throughout.
That’s right. You can still purchase behind the ear digital hearing aids from us for less than $200 a pair, including delivery to most parts of the world.