By Dr. Melody Martin, Ph. D., Au. D., Board Certified Doctor of Audiology
Many ask “How much is a pair of hearing aids going to cost?” The short answer is usually, “Anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000.” The right answer is, “like all high-tech devices, it depends on what you need.” In other words – people have different hearing needs, not all hearing aids are alike, and not all service packages are the same. Remember that hearing aids are highly sophisticated medical devices fit by educated hearing professionals – and typically include additional benefits and services like follow-up visits, repairs, and counseling.
Like many things you buy – from televisions to cell phones to eyeglasses – there is a wide range of pricing that applies to hearing aids. They’re available in a variety of styles, with a range of high-tech features, which means you’ll typically pay less for big and basic than you will for hearing aids that are little and loaded. Features and accessories that cancel noise, eliminate feedback, improve high-frequency audibility and enable direct connectivity to phones, TVs and music, greatly improve performance and enhance everyday listening – but also increase costs. While in today’s world, most insurance programs (including Medicare) don’t cover the cost of hearing aids, there are many pricing and financing options, including interest-free options.
So, what’s right for you? Hearing aids today are designed to accommodate and enhance a variety of different listening environments. What you’ll want and what it costs will depend on how busy and active you are, and what types of environments you frequent.
Hearing aid technology should match the lifestyle listening needs of the individual. Basic technology designed to help people who are less active, or spend the majority of time in quiet environments like reading and listening to music. Advance technology designed to be used in relatively easy-listening situations with some noise like meetings, restaurants, and card games. Premium technology designed for active people that frequent a variety of noisy listening environments, such as sporting events, noisy restaurants, the workplace, and concerts.
There’s no doubt hearing aids are a significant investment. But what you get in return is priceless! Treating hearing loss with appropriate amplification has huge benefits including: feeling more safe and secure, feeling less isolate, being more engaged with family and friends, enjoying music and TV to the fullest, feeling more aware and confident, communicating more easily, and feeling less reliant on others.
For those of you beginning the journey to better hearing, the task can seem daunting and confusing. Take it one step at a time. First, identify a hearing professional with a long standing presence in your community that has a good reputation. This preferably would be an Audiologist — someone who holds an advanced degree in the field of hearing and balance disorders. Many hearing clinics have a website or other social media options that you can check out professional, the practice and their reviews. Usually the first visit is free so there is no reason not to call to begin the journey to better hearing today!
*Special Thanks to Starkey Labs