So, you’ve been through your hearing test. You know you’re going to need a hearing aid. The next step is to look closely at the hearing aid prices you might expect to pay.
The cost of a digital hearing aid can vary wildly. There are many factors to take into consideration when determining price. The style, design, manufacturer, features and whether or not insurance policy is taken out, will all either make the hearing aid more or less expensive. At the lower end of the price spectrum, a patient could pay around $1,000. However, a high quality hearing aid at the top of the product range, could cost around $4,000. The expense of digital hearing aids has put many patients into a decision-making process: to buy or just leave it. The particular model you choose is up to you. An audiologist might suggest which kind is best for you, and help you determine whether you really do need one. But ultimately, it’s up to you.
Buying from a Hearing Aid Centre
If you make a decision to purchase from a hearing aid consultation centre, you’ll pay more than online. But that’s because a hearing aid test, consultation and fitting are all included in the end cost of having a hearing aid installed. Your audiogram and chat with your audiologist will both help you figure out what’s best for you. This is an essential part of getting a hearing aid, as is the fitting. You’ll also have plenty of choice if you go and speak to the experts at a hearing center.
There may be adjustments needed at later dates. Often, a wearer of a digital hearing aid might experience discomfort and request a refit or another hearing checkup. Warranty on the device is also recommended as third party payment insurance does not cover the cost of a hearing aid.The total cost can encompass these many services on top of the price of the hearing aid. The amount you end up paying could be significantly more than the quoted price of the digital hearing unit.
Will Insurance Cover It?
It has been estimated that around 40 per cent of all Americans have third party payment insurance. To some extent, this cover can reimburse some of the cost – but not all. Insurance companies will vary in the amount of cover on hearing aids it pays up front. The going rate of reimbursement is around 80 to 85 per cent of the cost towards a hearing aid. This can be a significant saving. An insurance company paying 85 per cent on a $1,000 hearing aid, would leave a patient paying just $150 towards the cost.
Are There Any Savings for Members of the Veterans Association?
Veterans may also qualify for hearing aids provided by the Veterans’ Administration Department. Those who do qualify can expect to be covered for the entire cost of the hearing aid. Those qualifying members may also receive the cost of batteries to keep the hearing aid working dynamically.
If you have decided to purchase a hearing aid, always contact the insurance provider to see what cover is on offer, if any. To cover the cost of a hearing aid, some resort to taking out a small loan. This can be an excellent way of paying as the cost can be covered in instalments.
What About Hearing Aid Prices Online Online?
Like many devices, hearing aids are widely available online. However, there is much caution to consider in going down this purchasing option. The hearing aid prices advertised will not be the final bill to an online purchase.Shipping costs can be very expensive. Hearing aids need to be sent through the mail system in protective casing and via recorded mail. These delivery methods impact on cost. Hearing aids are complex devices. There will be several times when an audiologist needs to readjust the fitting of the hearing aid to suit the wearer.
Often adjustments may need to be made for each ear and personalisation is also very important. A digital hearing aid helps people to hear when you most need it. A digital hearing aid is more than just an amplifier of sound. The complexity of a modern hearing aid helps certain sounds seem louder and unwanted noises quieter. The audiologist will need to personally adjust and tweak these noise levels to suit best.
The hearing aid prices from a centre will be higher than the cost online. It is the vital services on offer from a centre which boost the costs upwards. Beyond the vital services offers at a centre, there are fitting appointments, regular hearing tests and refitting of uncomfortable hearing aids after time. None of those services are on offer from an online dealer selling a device online.
The hearing aid centre is able to configure a hearing aid device to suit the needs of a patient. There is a great deal of research and development that goes into designing and manufacturing a digital hearing aid. These tiny devices are a complex piece of technology and are cumbersome to even the most highly skilled audiologist.
Research Costs Money
Most of the profit made by a manufacturer is pushed back into research and development. The leaps and bounds that digital hearing aids have made in the last decade have been a business dynamic. Making prototypes, buying tiny parts for the hearing aid and getting these skilfully fitted come at great cost. This is why hearing aid prices might be a little more than you expect.
The technology is very complex when designing a digital hearing aid. The signal that is picked up by the mic is dynamically converted from an analogue sound to a digital one. Digital components can perform several sound processing tasks in the space of a very short time. There are four components to the digital hearing aid. The microphone, processor, receiver and battery. All these parts are expensive to make and assemble. However, these technological advances have made these devices a boon for the hard-of-hearing, in the same way that research and development of new pharmaceutical treatments are.
If you’d like to know more about getting a hearing aid, or how much it might cost, why not give us a call? One of our friendly staff will be happy to help!