Hearing aids are certainly an investment, with premium hearing technology ranging from $6,000 to $12,000 per pair. But when you purchase a hearing aid, you’re purchasing more than just hardware. Most users report that hearing devices are an investment in themselves, their families and friends. Many sources indicate extensive benefits of amplification, with most hearing aid wearers crediting their hearing aids for improvements in their relationships at work, work performance, relationships at home, ability to participate in group activities, and overall quality of life*.
When it comes to hearing aid prices, do you get what you pay for? Interestingly, a recent study looked at the relationship between hearing aid technology and satisfaction. When hearing aid owners were asked to classify their devices as “higher-end” versus “moderate” to “lower-end”, 9 out of 10 owners of “top of the line” hearing aids were satisfied. In contrast, just under half of those who got lower end hearing aids or three-quarters of those who got a moderate level of hearing technology were “satisfied” with their hearing devices.
Typically, premium hearing aids have more advanced and aggressive features, such as the ability to automatically minimize wind and background noise. Some of the newest hearing technologies even offer rechargeable batteries or the ability to connect the hearing aid to a smartphone in order to stream phone calls and music directly through the hearing aid instead of having to hold the phone up to the ear. The new Earlens Hearing Aid even goes a step farther than traditional hearing aids, using light to transmit sound in order to deliver the broadest frequency range of any hearing aid on the market. This light-driven hearing technology is the first of its kind and contributes to natural sound quality, with crisp highs and full lows.
Beyond the cost of the hearing aids, patients should think about the types of services they receive from their hearing professionals. In most cases, the cost of hearing aids includes the costs of care over the lifetime of the devices and go well beyond the hearing aids themselves. Many hearing professionals will include the cost of follow up visits, fine tuning, troubleshooting, warranty repairs and more with the hearing aid purchase. They will also check whether insurance covers all or part of the cost of your hearing aids, and can offer different payment plans for out-of-pocket expenses.
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