Updated: Aug 20, 2020
Watch this first video to learn about the different styles of hearing aids - what they look like, which last the longest, and what they cost.
Watch this next video when you're ready to think about budgets and purchasing options.
You have Choices!
Your audiologist will help you find the best options to meet your needs and budget. With a wide range of capabilities and visibility, the price ranges from $1000 to $4000 per hearing aid or $2000 to $8000 for a pair. A pair is recommended when there’s loss in both ears. Your brain likes to hear from two sources!
Types of Hearing Aids
Hearing Aid styles range from standard Behind The Ear (BTE) to Invisible In Canal (IIC) inside the ear with variations in between.
A few hearing aids models can even be managed through apps. Some let your audiologist remotely adjust your hearing aid for you!
What Drives the Cost
#1 Purchase Price
Your price is the cost of the hearing aids plus professional services (just like going to the dentist).
All hearing aids help you hear better in quiet situations. The more sophisticated hearing aid features are designed to help you hear better in noisy situations. These advanced features can be found in all styles but make the hearing aid more expensive.
#2 Volume Range and Replacement Risk
The smaller hearing aids like the Invisible In Canal (IIC) style have a smaller volume range. If your hearing gets worse, you may run out of reserve volume which means buying a new, more powerful hearing aid.
#3 Repair Rate
Once a hearing aid is out of warranty, those with high repair rates become more expensive to maintain.
Inside the Canal styles have the highest repair rates because they’re the most exposed to the heat, moisture and wax inside your ear.
#4 Warranties and Post Warranty Repair Costs
Warranty Period: Manufacturer repairs or replaces the hearing aid for the warranty period. Warranties range from 1 to 3 years.
Post Warranty: You pay for services and manufacturer post warranty repairs.
After 5 to 7 Years: Manufacturers stop repairing aids between 5 and 7 years.
Sorting Your Options
Your hearing health care professional will advise you on which features and options best meet your lifestyle, hearing needs and priorities.
Be sure to ask about these other considerations addressed in the table below: how long they last, cosmetics (how visible), and purchase plan.
* Unbundled Purchasing – Fee For Service
Clients purchase a hearing aid then pay for Professional Services as needed (like going to a Dentist). This unbundled, Fee-For-Service model reduces upfront costs. It may also lower total cost of ownership for hearing aid styles with low repair rates.
*Bundled Purchase (Traditional Purchase Model)
The one-time purchase of the Hearing Aids includes the cost for professional services during the manufactures warranty period. Everyone pays for services and manufacturer repairs after warranty expires.
Know Your Costs!
Use the Budget Worksheet in the Key Take-Aways PDF from additional resources below. Consider taking it with you for taking notes when talking to your hearing professional. Capture everything from hearing aid costs and professional service fees to battery costs!
Blog Post. Q1 Do I Need a Hearing Test?
Blog Post. Q2 How Do I Find a Good Hearing Professional?
Blog Post. Q4 What Other Options do I have? Hearing Devices Under $500.
Printable. 2 Minute Hearing Self-Test. Should I Get My Hearing Tested?
Printable. Key Take-Aways for this Post - Hearing Aid Styles and Costs. Includes Budget Worksheet.
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Lori Cunningham, MA, AUD (C), RAUD