The loss of your hearing is an unexpected predicament that over 48 million Americans suffer from. But, there are ways to adjust to your hearing loss. For example, you can use hearing aids.
What’s the Average Cost of Hearing Aids
The biggest obstacle preventing you from getting a hearing aid is its price. The price range of a single hearing aid is $1,500 to $3,500. The average price of one unit is $2,300, according to the President’s Council for Science and Technology. Needing a hearing aid for each ear raises the price even more. You might have to pay up to $6,000 for the devices.
These prices don’t include maintenance like follow-up visits, examinations, fittings, and so on. Hearing aids can end up costing a lot more than you’d think.
Why Do They Cost That Much?
It can be hard to accept that they cost so much money despite being so small. That’s why it’s essential to understand that hearing aids are more advanced than they seem. Hearing aids now pack extra features besides the sound amplification that they’re known for.
- Wireless connectivity. Like every other modern-day gadget, hearing aids can now connect to a variety of different devices. This includes your smartphone and doorbell. Now it’s much easier to receive auditory cues that you wouldn’t have before.
- Size. The old hearing aids were huge. It was difficult to use them without attracting attention. Now they’re much smaller and compact. Unless someone’s trying to see your hearing aid, they won’t notice it. The hearing aid is only identifiable by a transparent tube wrapped over the ear.
- Noise reduction. Old hearing aids used to amplify every single sound. This made standing in a crowded room a daunting experience. Now they’re designed only to amplify what their user wants to hear. You can decide what kind of sounds you’d like to pick up on. You could even pick up conversations and noises that other people would miss.
- Tuning. The hearing aids undergo extensive testing to ensure that they’re right for their users. The hearing aids are calibrated explicitly because everyone will need something different out of them. This process is usually part of the upfront cost of the hearing aids.
Are They Worth It?
The decision is ultimately up to you. You’re the only one who knows what you need. Before you make any big decisions, you should discuss it with your loved ones. If you decide to pursue hearing aids, you should consult one of our audiologists and discuss your concerns with them. Please contact us at Cornerstone Audiology and schedule a hearing test. You can research the many resources and services that we offer.
Dr. Hubik is the owner and founder of one of West Texas’ most trusted and professional hearing providers, Cornerstone Audiology. She received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders as well as her doctorate of audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). In her youth, Dr. Hubik became interested in helping people with hearing loss to communicate more effectively and therefore pursued a degree in this field. Dr. Hubik was born and raised in Anton, Texas and appreciates working with the people of West Texas. She and her team are proud to serve the hearing needs of their community.