The cost of modern hearing devices runs the gamut. Some can cost as little as $500 for one ear, others upwards of $5,000. Why the disparity? The complete package that comes with a hearing aid purchase can drastically affect cost, but mostly, it’s the technology and included features that you pay for.
Hearing aid prices haven’t fluctuated that much over the past decade, but similar to other technological devices—think back to how expensive that initial VCR was that today, you’d be lucky to fetch $1 for—what was once top-of-the-line, is now either common technology or, in the VCRs case, obsolete. And as far as hearing aids go, technological advances have come so far, that many products are now standardized to include features that were once considered cutting edge—features such as automatically adjusting devices, binaural (both ears) synchronization, Bluetooth compatibility, directional microphones, feedback-cancellation systems, noise reduction systems, speech enhancement, wind reduction and if appropriate, tinnitus management.
At Whisper Hearing Centers, we offer a wide range of hearing instruments designed to help improve the everyday life for people suffering from the most challenging hearing loss, to mild hearing loss. We work with each individual to determine the features you need to improve your quality of life, and will choose a hearing device that meets your lifestyle and financial requirements.
What’s included in the cost of hearing aids?
Sometimes, the price of hearing aids can include more than just the device, or devices. Upfront cost includes services such as an initial consultation, as well as routine maintenance. Additionally, hearing aids typically come with a one-year manufactures warranty for damage, repairs and even loss. At Whisper Hearing Centers, all of the devices offered are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty of three years and includes all follow-up services during that timeframe.
Is the price of hearing aids worth it?
Hearing aids can be expensive. But when you put the actual dollar amount aside and consider the purchase an investment in your quality of life, the cost is usually worth it. According to a recent Consumer Reports study, on average readers had an out-of-pocket cost of $2,710. But, if you break that initial cost down, it becomes far less dauting. For instance, if you spend $2,710 and your hearing aid lasts five years, it only costs $45.17 per month—which is a lot less than many people spend on incidentals like cable TV or eating lunch out.
At Whisper Hearing Centers, our expert audiologists will help you choose a hearing aid that best addresses your type of hearing loss as well as your budget. All of our hearing aid packages include the following:
- No charge consultation for the hearing aid selection
- Customized fit and programming of your devices
- 30-day trial period
- Manufacturer’s Repair Warranty 3 years
- Manufacturer’s Loss and Damage Warranty 3 years
- Supply of hearing aid batteries
- Hearing aid case for proper storage
- Cleaning tools
- Hearing aid dehumidifier
Bottom line, when considering the price of hearing aids, you need to look at more than just the initial cost—don’t just consider the price; consider the investment in your quality of life and ask yourself, how much is my hearing worth. Chances are, it’s worth far more than the price tag.