How Much will I have to Pay for a Set of Hearing Aids?
If you are getting older, hearing loss is very common. It can be confusing to understand the nature of hearing loss and the changes you are being required to make in your everyday life. It is also difficult to navigate through the different steps of caring for your hearing. One of those steps is to purchase hearing aids. Buying a hearing aid can be complex. For instance, you might find it difficult to navigate through your insurance coverage, and types of hearing aids. Additionally, it might be hard to understand your type of hearing loss and what is needed to get you back to a normal life. But, one of the first questions you might ask is “How Much do Hearing Aids Cost?”
Below we have outlined 5 different considerations (tips) when considering how much hearing aids cost.
Tip #1: The cost of hearing aids is different based on your needs
Hearing loss is a complex issue that requires a more complex solution than just a mail-order or internet bought amplification device. It is common to see commercials on television or the internet selling what appear to be hearing aid devices for a low price. However, those devices are not actually hearing aids. They are personal sound amplification products. These devices amplify everything around you, but these devices do not function the same a hearing aid. Hearing aids, that are designed and fitted by a hearing healthcare professional, are an all together different device than an amplifier.
Professionally designed hearing aids enhance what has been uniquely lost in your ears. Different kinds of hearing loss can be determined and addressed by a hearing test and consultation. So, most patients will need 2-3 follow-up visits with a hearing professional to be sure that the device and technology are working properly.
Tip #2: Hearing aid technology level and service bundles can vary the cost of hearing aids.
The technology in hearing aids can vary grealy, as well as the cost of service bundles. Available hearing aid technology includes:
- Ear-to-ear hearing aid communication
- Bluetooth communication
- Voice seeking capabilities
- Directional microphones
Most hearing aid purchases include services like hearing tests, consultations, initial fittings, follow-up adjustments, and more. These comprehensive services can vary depending on the provider. As a result, hearing aid service bundles can be customized based on a your needs, budget, etc.
Many times if a bundle is “pulled apart” and customized, it can mean that certain services are not available that may be needed in the future. As a result, services like follow-up visits and adjustments may not adapt well to your changing needs. That is to say, the purchase of hearing aids is an important investment. Knowing about your hearing loss and needs is critical in helping you make a purchasing decision.
Tip #3: Hearing aids are used for a variety of listening situations
Every hearing aid manufacturer tries to offer devices that address a variety of hearing issues and needs. In many cases a hearing aid is performing a greater number of functions beyond simply amplifying sound. Often a hearing aid is customized so that you can live a life much like the one that you lived before you experienced hearing loss.
Hearing aids can address a number of different issues including:
- Masking tinnitus
- Managing wind noise for comfort
- Reducing background noise
- Streaming phone calls
- Streaming other audio sources (TV and Music)
In other words, the cost can fluctuate depending on the features you require. A hearing healthcare professional can help you determine what type of hearing loss you are experiencing.
Tip #4: Contact your insurance provider about hearing aid costs before going to an audiologist
There are insurance companies that have provisions and coverages for hearing aids and services, but many insurance plans do not offer coverage for these devices or services. It is always a good idea to contact your insurance company to find out what your insurance covers in the way of hearing loss services and bundles. In most cases, the insurance company will be able to help you understand what will be covered. Additionally, they can explain what is available to you, what your out of pocket costs will be, and even where to find a qualified hearing services specialist in your area that can help you.
If you work together with your insurance or third-party hearing services provider and a coordinated professional hearing provider, then you will find greater success in getting the device and services you need. As a result, you will be able to return to a more normal life of hearing and understanding well. In addition, it is especially important to contact your provider if you are a US Veteran. There are programs dedicated to assisting veterans getting the hearing devices they require. Medicare, AARP, and Veteran’s Affairs will have more information about these programs and services.
Tip #5: Consider the value of better hearing
When asking about how much hearing aids should cost, consider that you are not just paying for technology and services. You are paying to return to a more normal lifestyle. Think about all you may be missing out on:
- Hearing your children or your grandchildren’s voices
- Going to a jazz concert
- Having a great conversation over dinner
- Listening to a lecture at the local university or a sermon at church
- Singing in the choir or being a part of the local concert band
- Playing sports and interacting with your teammates
All these events are part of a rich and satisfying lifestyle and should be enjoyed. Hearing well in these types of situations is a priceless experience. It shouldn’t be left to chance of getting partial or minimal hearing improvement by trying to cut corners.
Call Prescott Hearing Center
Prescott Hearing Center is here to help you with all your hearing needs and services. We offer a place to help to improve your hearing to its fullest potential so you can take part in those priceless life events. We offer the highest quality hearing aids at a manageable cost. With over 20 years of experience, our hearing specialist can help you get the most from your hearing aids at a budget that is right for you.
Hearing is such an important part of your life. Don’t miss another sound. Call us today at 928-899-8104