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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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Very professional. Great exam. Didn’t try to “up sell”. Told me I really didn’t need an aid for R ear just yet. I receive one aid, a charging station and she set up an app on my phone. Also all the extras for cleaning.
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First time I have been referred for hearing aides by my ENT for Ohio Health. Siemen Signia Pure C&G 7NX (pair) recommended. Hearing aides are helpful & have many nice features but surprised by the cost! We expected to pay around $2000, not $6800 but were told that is the price for what I needed :(
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Posted by: Willy Makit in Westmoreland, NY.Posted: May 5th, 2014 12:05PM
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The technician was thorough and concise and used state of the art technology in the hearing test by graphing and explaining the hearing curve. The aids had internal features that were accessible through a computer. Was surprised at the cost involved when purchasing the aids. Was told we were saving 1500, on the purchase of this grade of aid, and when I contacted the manufacturer I was shocked to discover this particular aid MSRP was listed at 5450. So actually the savings offered were mis-represented to us as consumers. So my comment would be to do homework before actually buying the aids.
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Posted by: Jeorge in West Palm Beach, FL.Posted: April 10th, 2014 09:04AM
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Full test that lets you try aids on that day in the store.
Was given several discrete choices of size.
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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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