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How Much Does a Hearing Aid Cost?

 
low costCanal: $150-$5,000+average costIn-the-Ear: $300-$5,600high costBehind-the-Ear: $450-$5,600
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Hearing aids help people with mild, moderate or severe hearing loss hear sounds at decibels they can't otherwise perceive. Hearing aids range from basic models to mini-computers, complete with Bluetooth technology. Most health insurance, including Medicare, doesn't cover hearing aids, but check for any coverage before buying hearing aids.

Typical costs:

  • A hearing test is required before purchasing a hearing aid. The test determines if a hearing aid is necessary and what type might work best. Hearing tests can be free with the purchse of hearings aids or cost up to $250. See How Much Does a Hearing Test Cost.
  • Patients also need a hearing aid selection appointment, which can be free with purchase or cost up to $250, depending upon the clinic. The Cleveland Clinic[1] charges about $100 for hearing needs assessment.
  • There are several different types of hearing aids. Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids cost between $450 and $5,600. Economy Hearing Products offers a very basic BTE hearing aid for about $630. ReSound Azure[2] retails for about $2,600 with programmable volume control settings, an open fit to minimize a "plugged up" sensation in the ear and a 330-hour battery.
  • In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids are much smaller devices that fit entirely within the ear, but not entirely within the ear canal. A set costs between $300 and $5,600. The MicroPod 32[3] automatically adjusts to different hearing environments and retails for about $1,000. The Siemens Nitro 16 retails for $5,000, offering features like feedback cancellation, noise reduction and data logging.
  • Completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest on the market. They fit entirely in the ear canal, and cost between $150 and more than $5,000. Facelake[4] offers a basic CIC hearing aid for under $150. Siemens offers a CIC version of the Nitro 16, for about $5,000.
Related articles: Hearing Test, Tinnitus Treatment, Ear Wax Removal, Ear Infection

What should be included:
  • Hearing aids are typically sold individually online, so order two devices. A hearing aid purchase should include the device, information about the device and, in most cases, warranty information. Some devices also include a carrying case, data logging software, a remote or, in the case of rechargeable hearing aids, a charging station.
  • Most hearing aid clinics include a hearing aid orientation with the purchase of hearing aids. This appointment includes a fitting, programming of the hearing aid to fit the patient's needs and a care and maintenance tutorial.
Additional costs:
  • Batteries can last a week or a few months, depending up on the strength of the hearing aid. Replacement batteries can cost about $.70 to $3.95 per battery.
  • Experts recommend having hearing aids checked annually at a cost of $60 to $260 per visit, depending upon the clinic. A practitioner will check the effectiveness of the hearing aid and make any adjustments necessary. Most insurance does not cover hearing aid checks.
  • Hearing aid retailers are legally required to have a 30-day money-back guarantee. However, many vendors charge restocking fees of up to 12 percent of the purchase price for hearing aids returned within the 30-day trial period.
  • Most hearing aids come with a warranty, lasting between 60 days and five years. An extended warranty can cost between $100 and $200 per hearing aid.
Discounts:
  • The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center maintains a list of possible sources of financial assistance for children needing a hearing aid.
  • The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association maintains a list of state funding sources[5] for hearing tests and other audiology services. The association also lists local and private funding sources.[6]
  • Adults with hearing loss can contact their state vocational rehabilitation programs[7] for financial help. There are also nonprofit organizations that help people afford hearing aids. Hear Now[8] is a "last resort" for those who cannot afford a hearing aid, with stringent income guidelines. Financial assistance is also available from state agencies for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Shopping for a hearing aid:
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  • The required hearing test can be scheduled with most physicians' offices or with a specialty clinic The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends that patients only work with an ASHA-certified retailer[9] .
  • Patients should consider which hearing aid features will help them in their daily lives and which seem superfluous. Patients who have purchased hearing aids before may feel comfortable buying online[10] or through a mail-order retailer.
  • The Mayo Clinic offers tips[11] for selecting the right hearing aid and American Hearing Aid Associates lists seven things to consider when purchasing a hearing aid.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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External Resources:
  1.  my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/hearing_loss/hic_steps_to_obtaining_hearing_aids.aspx
  2.  www.gnresound.com/hearing-aids/hearing-aid-products
  3.  www.myhearpod.com/
  4.  www.facelake.com/hearing-aids.html
  5.  www.asha.org/public/coverage/p3AudFundingResources.htm
  6.  www.asha.org/public/coverage/p4AudFundingResources.htm
  7.  www.parac.org/svrp.html
  8.  www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org
  9.  www.asha.org/proserv/
  10.  www.hearingplanet.com/
  11.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/hearing-aids/HQ00812
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