As a hearing aid dispenser one of the most common questions we hear is, how much do hearing aids cost? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Hearing aid prices vary greatly and depend heavily on the technology inside the instrument. There are three personal factors that will affect the price of your hearing aid.
Your Hearing Test
The purchase of a hearing aid should always begin with a hearing test to determine the level of technology that is appropriate for your hearing loss. More severe hearing loss requires hearing aids that have a lot of output, to give you increased volume. Other types of hearing loss require a complicated matrix to increase the tones that are no longer heard.
Hearing Aid Style/Size
The style of the hearing aid refers to how it fits in or on your ear. This is the step people are often the most concerned with because they want the smallest, least visible device available. Your hearing specialist will explain that certain levels of hearing loss are better helped by certain styles. The style you chose may also depend on comfort and dexterity.
Hearing Aid Features
Most hearing aids come with the option to add extra features to improve your hearing based on your lifestyle. Features can include a telecoil, noise cancellation technology, voice recognition, bluetooth and more. Again, your hearing specialist will talk with you to help decide what will work best with your needs.
As you can imagine, the more technology that needs to be packed into a tiny device the more the price will increase. Hearing Lab hearing specialists will use your hearing test and ask questions about your life to help determine the technology, style and features that work within your budget. We carry a wide range of hearing aid styles and technology levels to fit all hearing loss levels and budgets.
Follow Up Visits
Another thing you should consider when shopping for your hearing aid is follow up service. At Hearing Lab you never pay for service or adjustments. Other retailers will often sell their instruments at a lower price, but charge you each time you need to come in for an adjustment or cleaning. Those costs can add up. A new hearing aid will need to be adjusted several times before it works perfectly for you.
ExposingHearingAids.org breaks down the price of an average set of hearing aids here, which includes manufacturer costs for research and materials, retail operating costs, service for the life of the hearing aid and the retailer’s pre-tax profit.
In the end, considering the cost of a hearing aid is a must. However, you should not let that make your final decision. You can wear the absolute best hearing aid technology, at the lowest hearing aid price, and not hear like you want or should. If the hearing aid doesn’t fit correctly, isn’t the correct technology for your hearing loss, or isn’t programmed for you – you won’t have a good experience. Money wasted!