How precious would it be to hear your loved ones’ voices again? Or to hear your favorite music, hear the punchline of that joke at the party, or be able to speak up with confidence at your next work meeting? It’s hard to put a price on those amazing quality-of-life upgrades. And because there are so many different styles of hearing aids, it’s impossible to provide a blanket answer to that question of, “How much do hearing aids cost?”
Our team of audiologists understands that you need to be able to budget for everything that goes into hearing better with hearing aids, so let’s discuss the things that go into hearing aid price.
Hearing Aid Costs: Lifestyle Considerations
First, consider your lifestyle and typical sound environment needs.
For example, if you live a quiet life at home with just a few family members, your hearing aid demands will be less than those for someone with a more varied sound lifestyle.
However, if you watch a lot of TV, have a busy social life, work in an office or are out and about to the store and communicating with a lot of people during the day, you will probably need your hearing aids on and configurable for the entire time you’re awake. So naturally, you will want to have hearing aids that live up to those demands on a daily basis, which cost more.
During your hearing tests and all of the discussions and fittings you have with our audiologist, he or she can figure out what demands you would ordinarily place on your hearing aids and select from the ones that would best fit with those demands, within your desired price range.
Hearing Aid Configuration: Digital or Analog?
If you will use your hearing aids mostly at home, or with a small circle of friends and acquaintances, there are very good, inexpensive analog hearing aids that will give you a great hearing experience at a lower price. There’s no such thing as a cheap hearing aid that works well, but there are affordable hearing aids available.
On the other hand, if your lifestyle includes a lot of different sound environments like grocery stores, the office, restaurants, theaters, the gym, watching TV, using mobile devices, watching sports games, etc., you may want to consider digital hearing aids. They can be more finely tuned to adapt to a wide range of hearing situations. Digital is more expensive, but it gives you many more options for connecting with people in the world around you. We can remove this entire sentence.
Working out the Value of Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can give you back a sense of connection with people and control over your life. Before settling on the hearing aids that you may wear for years to come, sit down and take a personal lifestyle inventory; figure out all the ways in which being able to hear better will impact your day-to-day life.
Usually, hearing aids cost between $1,000 and $3,500. Let’s consider the cost breakdown if you wear them for 12 hours a day, every day for the next year:
- $1,000 hearing aids = 23¢ a day for the whole year—less than half the cost of a regular postage stamp.
- $3,500 hearing aids = cost about 80¢ a day over the course of the first year
In either case, that’s less than a dollar to be able to communicate with your loved ones and enjoy a varied and active lifestyle.
How Much Should I Pay for Hearing Aids?
There are a lot more options to consider when it comes to hearing aids besides just analog or digital. Style and extra features are also factored into the price. For example, there are several different styles of hearing aids. Some are nearly invisible as they fit all the way into your ear canal. Naturally, these need to be custom molded to fit into your ear, but they are so small that they do not come with a lot of extra features. Some hearing aids hide behind your ear and provide a host of extra features. Some are designed for people with very active lifestyles. That’s why there isn’t just one answer to this question!
During your hearing tests and hearing aid fittings, your audiologist will discuss the various features with you so that you can decide which features will give you the best value in terms of quality of life, and how they might best fit into your budget.
You also get a 30-day trial period to try out the hearing aids after the fitting so that you can be sure those are really the right ones for your needs. Our audiologists are eager to make sure you are fully satisfied with your hearing aids! So schedule an appointment with us today by calling 888-638-5095.