Like any other medical device, hearing aids are an investment to benefit your health that includes a hefty price tag. Typically, a hearing aid can range from $1,000 to more than $6,000 depending on the technology and features included. Most insurance companies do not cover hearing aids since they are not an essential medical device and are therefore considered “elective.” So, if you need a hearing aid you would likely need to purchase it out of pocket.
It is important to remember that you are not only purchasing the hearing aid. The purchase of a hearing aid comes with the package of a hearing test, a consultation, adjustments to the hearing aid and a one to three year warranty (that includes one replacement if you misplace yours).
Today’s hearing aids come with the option to include more advanced features but those comes with a higher price tag versus a typical hearing aid. Some of the new and advanced hearing aid features that can affect your hearing aid pricing are:
- Rechargeable batteries
- Voice recognition
- Direct streaming
- Wireless hearing aids
- Tinnitus control
- Noise reduction
- Remote control
Even though the lower priced hearing aid may sound more appealing it is important to remember the balance of price versus the health benefits of the hearing aid. When considering the health benefits and ability to communicate that a hearing aid brings most people will agree that it was well worth the expensive purchase.
You can purchase your hearing aids online, however when you purchase them at clinics they will be programmed to your unique type of hearing impairment. Clinics can even re-program the hearing aids to switch depending on your environment. According to a study done by A Better Hearing Institute, 2,000 individuals that were surveyed revealed that their audiologist played a role in their success with hearing aids.
If you know someone in desperate need of a hearing aid, but are hesitant to purchase one because of the price, contact the experts at New Generation Hearing Center. They will be more than happen to answer any questions you may have.