How much do hearing aids cost?

02/01/2016

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When researching hearing aids, most people want to know how much they will cost before they make the decision to purchase them. Typically price varies by level of technology and features needed in a hearing aid, which are determined by a few factors like the user’s level of hearing (determined at a hearing screening) and lifestyle needs. But what does this really mean? It means that you can find general pricing for a particular product, but won’t know the exact price until you select the style, features and technology level that best match your hearing loss and lifestyle when speaking with a hearing care professional.

Now that you have some idea of what determines price, let us go a little deeper for you.

Technology

Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving—today’s models have more advanced or updated features like digital noise reduction, telecoil, FM and blue tooth compatibility and other wireless capabilities. Although some individuals may benefit from a hearing aid with basic features, others may prefer one with advanced technology to better serve their lifestyle and listening needs. For instance, if you are in varied listening situations at work and socially, you will likely want a hearing aid that adjusts and adapts in these situations. This is very different than if you have a quiet lifestyle, and only socialize occasionally. Your hearing care professional will be able give you a professional recommendation on which type of hearing aid may work for you.

Hearing aid technology levels

Essential

$1,000 – $1,499*

Reliable technology offering a comfortable experience to satisfy your basic hearing needs.

Advanced

$1,500 – $1,999*

Advanced technology offering superior performance and increased flexibility to meet your most versatile hearing needs.

*all prices are per ear

Premium

$2,000 – $3,500*

The best technology available offering an optimum solution to help you hear better in almost any situation.

Style

The digital revolution has impacted how hearing aids look—try one on for yourself, and experience how small and discreet today’s styles are. They sit discreetly behind the ear, or directly in the ear canal. Hearing aids that are small, or custom made to fit the exact shape of your ear may be more expensive. They pack a lot of technology into a small package, making them almost unnoticeable.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids rest comfortably behind the ear, and usually come in colors that match your hair or skin with a clear plastic tube that sits close to the head and directs sound into the ear canal.

Inside-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids sit inside the ear canal making them unnoticeable.

Enjoy the benefits

The benefits are clear—a recent MarkeTrak consumer satisfaction survey discovered that for consumers with hearing aids, 78.6% were satisfied with their hearing aid performance. According to one study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, hearing aids “provide significant benefit in quiet and noisy listening situations.” Other studies have shown that hearing aids help the brain resist cognitive decline associated with hearing loss.

So why do only 1 out of 5 people who would benefit from hearing aids wear them?

Since symptoms can be gradual, the person with hearing loss may be the last one to recognize them. And because hearing loss is partial—an individual with hearing loss is able to hear some sounds normally—this gives the impression of sound hearing. Although hearing loss may be subtle at first, treating it early is key to protecting your hearing.

Why should I buy hearing aids?

Think about it this way—hearing aids are an investment in your health and your emotional well-being. Hearing aids may help improve your mood, your productivity at work, make you feel social again and help you continue to participate in the activities that you enjoy.

Get a general idea of pricing here. If you want to discuss options with a professional, call 888.902.9310 to find a clinic near you.

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