Why Do Hearing Aids Cost So Much? - Hearing Aid Prices Explained
HEARING AID PRICES
You just received an offer for $1,000.00 off a pair of Oticon or Resound hearing aids. “Wow, that’s great! I’m told all the time I have hearing loss and I never thought of using hearing protection to prevent this loss. But how much do these listening devices cost?”
Let’s cut to the chase. Oticon hearing aids, and all quality hearing aids for that matter, are expensive. A single hearing aid can range from $699 to $3,999, which means you could be looking at a price range of $1,400 - $8,000 if you need one for each ear, which is what most people need.
The Cheapest Hearing Aid Is Not Always The Least Expensive
I know you’ve heard this phrase before. Take paint for example. Yes, you can buy the cheapest can available, but you will end up spending more overall to repaint again because the cheapest was less durable.
The same can be said for hearing aids. You can buy some cheap online hearing aids or go to a big box store like Costco or Sam’s Club, but what will these cheap hearing aids cost you when they break or stop working?
Some studies show that 23% of patients fitted with hearing aids stop wearing them. One of the reasons given for non-use of the hearing aids is they were not an ideal match in comparison to the loss of hearing.
Walking out with a new set of hearing aids is a great feeling. This is just the first step though. The aftercare is a huge part of your body adapting to these new hearing aids. Cheap online hearing aids or purchases from a store like Sam’s Club or Costco do not offer an aftercare program, which leaves many patients feeling frustrated and they give up.
You Get What You Pay For
When deciding which pair of Oticon, Resound or any type of hearing aid, make sure you understand what is included with your purchase. Buying hearing aids online is a risky endeavor and comes with no guarantee.
Purchasing from a big box store like Costco or Sam’s Club is the next step up from buying online, but keep in mind the cost of hearing aid batteries and the limited warranty periods. Most hearing aids need their batteries replaced weekly. The cost to replace batteries adds up if not included with the purchase.
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