aids960by385The American Hearing Aid Association estimates that 10% of the U.S. population experiences some form of hearing loss. Most of us know someone in our families who may be a little hard of hearing. Hearing loss is especially common in the elderly and in people who have worked many years in noise polluted environments. The elderly and those without the means to purchase expensive hearing aids will likely stick it out and simply deal with their hearing loss.

If you are considering purchasing a hearing aid, be sure to research all of your options to find the model and price range that suits your needs. You should expect to get a hearing aid for dirt cheap, but with careful planning you should be able to negotiate prices and find an excellent deal.

One way of finding discount hearing aids is to locate wholesale hearing aid dealers. You can also consult with your physician or audiologist to find wholesale hearing aids. It is often the case that specialists have inside information on the best places to purchase discount hearing aids. Identifying your specific type of hearing loss and the best model for you is a crucial first step.

Since hearing aids where first developed years and years ago we have seen so many different styles and advancements in their technology. We first sore hearing aids as these big chunky things that sit behind the ear, these day you can get hearing aids which sit deep in your ear and can’t be seen. Below I have a list of some of the most common hearing aids and a description of them.
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Behind-The-Ear (BTH)

Behind-The-Ear hearing aids are largest hearing aids where by the hearing sits behind the ear. To get the incoming sound from the hearing aid to your ear, incoming sounds come into the hearing aid and than pass through a plastic tube connected to your ear. These hearing aids are often the least expensive, most reliable and house the most features and power in controlling what the hearing aid can do.

In-The-Ear (ITE)

These hearing aids are not as big as the BTH hearing aids and sit just inside the ear. These hearing aids do not have a large section that sits behind the ear and do not have a tube that runs to the ear. The ITE hearing aids are very comfortable and are also not very expensive (more expensive than BTH) which makes them a great choice if you are looking for something relatively inexpensive and of a smallish nature.

In-The Canal (ITC)

These are smaller than the ITE hearing aids and sit a bit further in the ear so they are not as noticeable. Because they are small they require a lot of skill to control however if you can find it easy to control them they are a great choice. Once again because these are smaller and not as noticeable they are more expensive than the ITE hearing aids.

Completely-In-Canal (CIC)

Completely in canal units are the smallest hearing aids to ever be made, they are so small and site so far down your ear that they require a string to remove them. These hearing aids do not have manual controls since they are so small and can be difficult to remove if you have not been shown how. However the good thing about these hearing aids is that they are totally unnoticeable and have a good sound, they are also the most expensive because they are so small.

Mini-Canals (MC)

Mini canals are great if you want something small but can’t quite afford CIC hearing aids, they are the size between ITC and CIC. They also come with a very small volume wheel and are easier to remove than the CIC hearing aids. These are cheaper than the CIC hearing aids since they are a bit larger.

Post-Auricular-Canal (PAC)

These types of hearing aids are new to the market and were created in a bid to separate the processor and the receiver from each other to make a smaller hearing aid without compromising quality and features. What happens is that the small processor sits just behind the ear and than the speaker and receiver sits deep down in the canal. These hearing aids are great since they offer a lot of comfort and feature options.

With dozens of hearing aid manufacturers, there is a lot of competition to retain the consumer’s business. Companies continually try to advance their technologies to make their products the best hearing aids on the market. With all of the advances now underway and over the past 20 years, a hard-of-hearing person can look forward to benefiting from this competition.aid3

Siemens

These days, the Siemens company has its corporate hand in a huge variety of markets, and hearing aids are no exception. Siemens strives to offer consumers the best hearing aids in the world. Siemens manufactures one out of every five hearing aids in the world. They offer a complete range of hearing aids from behind-the-ear, completely-in-the-ear, digital and programmable models. Siemens is the leader in hearing aid manufacturing and continues to develop new outstanding products. They guarantee that they have a custom model to fit every lifestyle.

Starkey

Starkey’s mission is to provide better hearing, not just the best hearing aids. This company was the first to offer the no-obligation free trial and ‘worry-free’ warranty all of its products. Starkey has over 33 laboratories in 18 countries around the world. With a staff of over 4,000, this company is at the forefront of hearing aid technology. Starkey also began the Starkey Hearing Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization that provides hearing aid assistance. This charitable foundation provides more than twenty thousand hearing aids to financially distressed, hearing impaired people across the globe. Their greatest model is the Starkey Soundlens.

Phonak

Phonak is also among the most trusted names in hearing aid manufacturing. This company is a leading innovator of new hearing aid technology and may offer some of the best hearing aids available for purchase. Phonak offers a wide range of digital hearing aids as well as a plethora of high-tech specialty products and accessories.

Oticon

Oticon offers a variety of hearing aid products for people with mild to profound hearing loss. Oticon believes in putting the needs of the hearing impaired first when developing new and innovative products. The company’s motto is, “We Put People First”. Apparently, this philosophy has paid off. Founded in 1904, Oticon is among the oldest hearing aid manufacturers in the U.S.

Resound

Resound offers a full line of digital and non-digital hearing aid solutions. The mission of Resound is to bring back happiness and better the quality of life of those living with hearing loss. This company understands the difficulties and pressures faced by these individuals as well as their loved ones. Because the company is comprised of dedicated and caring innovators, they continue to be among the leading distributors of hearing aids in America.

Beltone

Beltone has been in the hearing aid business for over 65 years. They have decades of experience developing some of the best and most respected hearing aids available. They specialize in lightweight, durable and virtually invisible hearing aids that can help a wide range of hearing difficulties. In recent surveys, Beltone has received over a 90% customer satisfaction rating.

With the existence such advanced technologies in the 21st century, people do not have to resign to deal with hearing loss. So many options and price ranges are available that nearly everyone can afford some make or model. For those who are un-or-underinsured, many hearing aid manufacturers offer assistance to make their products more affordable. Do some research and speak to your audiologist if you are experiencing hearing loss at any stage. He or she may know of resources or organizations that help with purchasing a hearing aid to those who cannot afford one themselves.

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