How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
Better hearing is an investment, both emotionally and financially. One of the first things a first-time patient wants to know is, “How much do hearing aids cost?”
The honest answer is: It depends on what you need for your lifestyle.
Hearing aid manufacturers invest hundreds of millions of dollars each year in research and development (R&D) in order to produce the best technologies available. Hearing aids are incredibly small and amazingly intelligent all thanks to R&D. Every hearing aid manufacturer offers entry-level, mid-level and high-end technology. As the level of technology increases from basic to high-end, the number of features within the device also increases, and therefore, so does price.
Additionally, when you choose to purchase hearing aids you are not merely paying for the devices alone, you are paying for the customer service and follow up care provided. If you choose to think of hearing aids as a simple commodity, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Hearing aids are complex medical devices that go hand-in-hand with improving your overall healthcare. The most successful patients understand that having hearing loss and wearing hearing aids is a long-term, on-going partnership between the patient and audiologist. The pair works together over infinite years to continue fine-tuning, ensure maintenance of the device, monitor progression of hearing loss and make changes to the hearing aids as your lifestyle and/or hearing loss changes.
The national average for a pair of hearing aids ranges between $4,500 and $6,500. Most people wear their hearing aids 18 hours per day, 7 days a week and 52 weeks out of the year. When you take the total price divided by several years of daily use… the cost is equivalent to a cup of coffee per day!
Unfortunately, many people make price the priority when buying hearing aids, often shopping around for the lowest price possible from untrained providers. Statistics show that this typically leads to patient dissatisfaction and people who purchase inexpensive hearing aids replace them with more appropriate and effective devices within two years, while those who initially invest in both quality hearing aids and superior service replace them every five years!