(most in the range of $1,500 to $3,000 each)
What It Costs
The cost of a hearing aid can span a wide range, depending on the extent of your hearing loss, the style of device you prefer, and how sophisticated the technology is that it contains. There is also a fair amount of variation between different brands and providers. The most basic models, which are often analog and of larger size, can start at around $600 or $700 and can go to about $1,500 or more. Digital hearing aids can cost considerably more. In fact, they can be double the price on average. They start at around $1400 for a basic behind-the-ear model and can go up as high as $3,000 or more. The open style hearing aids are typically the most expensive. These can go up to about $5000 or higher for the most complicated models, although you can also find some for less. Keep in mind that many people need two hearing aids, so whatever the price is, you will pay double that to accommodate both ears.
It is also important to note that the most expensive hearing aids often don’t provide the greatest benefit when it comes to effectiveness and usability. The experts say these features often don’t correlate with price, so even if your budget is tight, you may be able to get a good basic model that will meet all of your needs at a reasonable price.
Note: If you qualify for Medicaid, your hearing aid could be covered under your plan. Some private insurance plans also allow for part, or all, of the expense, but this is increasingly rare.
No matter what style hearing aid you select, you can usually expect the cost of the fitting to be included in the price. However, you will need to consider the additional cost of the batteries, which vary from style to style, as well as how long they will last (some models go through a new battery EVERY WEEK), since this can factor heavily into the overall investment.
You can expect to spend anywhere from about $5 to $20 a battery, although the brand and type can affect the price, and you may be able to buy them in bulk to save money.
A Final Note
Many internet companies offer hearing aids online at a discounted price. But experts warn that when you order online, you give up very important services. It is recommended that you see a professional to have your hearing loss correctly assessed, to find out the most appropriate style hearing aid for your needs, and to have it adjusted appropriately for your situation.