How much do hearing aids cost?

What you need to know
 

You may have heard that hearing aids can be expensive. The truth is that they can range from free – to fairly affordable – to fairly expensive. It depends on your level of hearing loss, the country you live in, and whether you have hearing aid insurance (if applicable). As a one-time payment, hearing aids cost more than other health items, such as a box of contact lenses or a knee bandage. But if you consider that hearing aids are a long-term investment which could last for up to 10 years, investing in a hearing aid is cost efficient for both your long-term health and your wallet. 

In the United States, the cost of healthcare is a huge issue for many people. But with nearly 50% of Americans over age 75 facing hearing loss,¹ addressing hearing loss is our main mission. We want more people to hear better, and that's why talking about the cost of hearing aids is an important discussion. 


Want more information? Check our HearingLife's pricing matrix!

Compare four levels of hearing aids spanning from our introductory to top-tier hearing aid models and hearing aid prices by category. The matrix provides a general overview of some features you get depending on the price of the hearing aids.

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Why the cost of hearing aids is worth it

The benefits of hearing well – being more engaged, not missing important details of conversations and increasing your overall safety – may be considered priceless. If you are still wondering why quality hearing aids are worth the price, think about this:

 

  • The cost of hearing aids includes much more than the device — In addition to hearing aids, you are getting professional services. This includes a hearing assessment,* professional fitting and adjustments over time. Quality care over time is included in the cost of the hearing aids.

  • Advanced hearing aids require complex technology — Today's hearing aids are minicomputers, usually with Bluetooth®. Creating devices that are small, yet powerful, requires research and development, as well as specialized understanding of audiology and anatomy. Top engineers conduct this scientific research and work with designers to create products that match outstanding sound quality and work for a population with widely diverse needs. As is true for many products, some research is government-funded, but mostly research and development are handled by manufacturers.

  • The laws of supply and demand — While this may change as the population ages and more people who need hearing aids gain awareness, currently only about one in five people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them.²

  • Natural sound simulators — Top-tier hearing aids are designed to provide the most natural sound possible, whether that be classical music's expansive tones or human interactions like laughter and subtle social cues through tones. We believe that better results are worth the cost. Lower quality hearing aids may not include technology that makes the environment or voices sound truly natural.

  • Hearing aids make it easier on your brain — Our products are designed to provide your brain with the right sound it needs to process a vast array of information. Ultimately your brain will be less taxed by trying to decipher what is happening or being said around you.

 

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The cost of hearing aids

According to a study, the average worker spends more than $14.00 on coffee per week. That adds up to $1,100 spent just on coffee alone per year.³ That’s $1,100 spent on a drink which is generally consumed in less than an hour.

Hearing impacts many aspects of your life, and investing in your hearing can make a difference to your overall health and well-being. For $5.00 (about what a latte costs) a day, you could have paid for a hearing aid over the course of 5 years.4 For just the price of latte, you may experience a profound difference in your quality of life.

Remember – there are ways to save on hearing aids.

You can pay with your Health Savings Account (HSA) or your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds, and you can consider financing your hearing aids.

 

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Cheap hearing aids are not better: why quality counts

It's tempting to buy hearing aids online or through an over-the-counter solution. Before you do, please consider the following:

  • Purchasing hearing aids online means you risk buying a product that won’t work properly. Buying a hearing aid that doesn’t work properly is the same as throwing money down the drain. Would you buy a car without having given it a test drive?  

  • A hearing aid must be fitted by a qualified professional. Even if you could buy the right hearing aid online, without consulting with an expert, you won’t get the most out of your devices.

  • We offer ongoing service, free batteries and can adjust your hearing aids' settings as part of your purchase. If you purchase online, you lose the opportunity to work with a professional regularly. 

  • Walk-in hours when you can drop in without an appointment. Most locations have daily walk-in hours.

  • Customer appreciation events and more. Across the country we offer lunch and learns, seminars and other customer appreciation events to help educate the public on hearing wellness.


We offer complimentary demonstrations, carry a variety of brands and have certified hearing care professionals who stand behind the product, hearing assessment,* and fitting process.

A smart investment: you're worth the cost of hearing aids

Remember, these devices will enhance your sense of hearing every day, all day and evening. That's why it's worth it to choose the best product for your lifestyle, no matter what your specific challenges are.

To ensure that you receive the full benefit of hearing aids, you need fitting and guidance from a hearing care professional who is trained to provide personalized care. When you choose HearingLife, you can be certain that a licensed hearing professional will make sure you have a hearing aid that is right for your type of hearing loss, lifestyle and professional needs. We understand that the cost of hearing aids is a concern, and we offer a wide array of products and price points.

Many of our hearing aids offer the most advanced auditory technology and can make a difference in ways you may not have considered. This new technology will support your brain and help you live a higher quality life.

Once you do the math and calculate the personal gain you’ll receive from bettering your hearing, you may agree that hearing well is worth the expense.

Size matters!

Developing advanced technology small enough to sit subtly behind your ear, or in your ear, is often more expensive than larger, less powerful hearing devices. As the level of hearing aid technology increases, so do the benefits to the hearing aid user and their individual needs. 

 

1https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/hearing-loss-tinnitus-statistics Accessed July 30, 2019.

2https://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/viewfactsheet.aspx?csid=95 Accessed July 30, 2019.

3 https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/american-coffee-habits-spend-coffee/story?id=16923079 Accessed July 30, 2019.

4 $5.00 a day rate is based on the price of a pair of Premium hearing aids over a three year period.