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Why do hearing aid prices differ?


There are many factors that can affect the cost of hearing aids. All hearing aid manufacturers offer their hearing aids in varying technology levels, which begin with the most basic technology and progressing to the most advanced technology. Your audiologist will work with you to determine the most appropriate technology level that will fit both your needs and your budget.

What If I Don’t Think I Can Afford Hearing Aids?


Financial concerns are very common for patients when deciding to pursue hearing aids. Hearing aids are considered a regulated medical device and most medical devices are expensive. Hearing aids are a high tech medical device and patients should look at them as a financial investment in their hearing health and quality of life. There are many hearing aid options that you can discuss with your audiologist.

One option that patients will often opt for is financing. There are sources such as Care Credit, which provide patients a chance to purchase hearing aids with no interest financing. This gives patients a means to obtain better hearing that they are comfortable with.

It is also important to look at what is included in the cost. The cost may not just include the device, but also include future appointments to adjusting, cleaning, and modifications. Some offices may even include batteries. In our practice we like to provide a complete service, which includes lifetime batteries, cleanings, and adjustments for your hearing aids when you pursue them through us.

Do I need one or two hearing aids?


The need for hearing aids is dependent upon your hearing loss. Your audiologist will discuss your hearing loss with you and recommend one or two hearing aids. If there is a hearing loss in one ear only, one hearing aid is appropriate. If you have hearing loss in both ears, then you will do best if you obtain two hearing aids. Our brains are wired to hear from both ears, and two hearing aids will help you to hear better in background noise. Hearing loss, whether one ear or two, deprives our brains of sound, over time our brains may start to have diminished response to sound (like speech), which is why if an ear has hearing loss it is important to provide it amplification. This will allow the brain to continue to receive sounds it might otherwise not get.

Do hearing aids use batteries?


All hearing aids are battery operated. Hearing aid batteries come in four sizes, distinguished by both a number and a color. The size of the battery will determine its life expectancy. The following table shows batteries listed in size from smallest to largest:

  • Size 10 (yellow) - 3 to 5 days
  • Size 312 (brown) - 5 to 7 days
  • Size 13 (orange) - 7 to 10 days
  • Size 675 (blue) - 10 to 14 days

The average cost of batteries is approximately $.75 to $1.00 per battery. When patients purchase hearing aids through our office, they receive batteries for the life of their hearing aids through our Premium Care program.

Please remember that batteries can be hazardous to one’s health if swallowed, so batteries should always be stored in a safe place where pets and children cannot reach them.

What is the life expectancy of hearing aids?

Hearing aids are essentially like a small computer for your ears. All ears produce some moisture and wax. Electronic devices, such as a hearing aid, are very susceptible to the damaging effects of moisture and wax. Over time, the exposure to moisture and wax and along with daily wear and tear can break down the electronics of the hearing aids. There are two styles of hearing aids, ones that go behind the ear with an ear piece that goes in the ear and then ones that go completely in the ear. The style that fits behind your ear typically last 5-8 years and the style that goes completely in the ear last 3-5 years.

It is very important to take special care of your hearing aids. Nightly cleaning of hearing aids will help to keep them working well. It is also important to go in to your audiologist’s office quarterly to have them cleaned and checked. At the clean and check the filters, tubing, earhooks and other changeable parts can be replaced to keep hearing aids performing well. Free hearing aid clean and checks are included to all patients that obtained their hearing aids from our office for the life of your instruments.