How Much Are Hearing Aids, & Will Insurance Cover Them?
Hearing aids are now more accessible than ever before. You can order them through an audiologist, online, or at your local drugstore.
Even Costco sells them.
Moreover, they come in all shapes, sizes, and models – most of which don’t require a prescription.
And best of all – they’re incredibly affordable.
But all of this easy access comes at a price.
Why Hearing Aids Aren’t Always the Answer
Those suffering from hearing loss often rely exclusively on hearing aid technology. They view their devices as a quick fix for an easy problem.
However, hearing loss is a medical condition that is far more complex than most people realize.
Price is still important. And in this piece, we’ll look at some of the costs you can expect to pay.
But this article also explores why:
- Hearing aids are not a one-size-fits-all solution for most.
- Wearing them may be doing you more harm than good.
How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
When it comes to hearing aid technology, the price range is vast:
- Lower-end models can be as inexpensive as $29.95.
- Top-of-the-line hearing aids can cost $3,000 or more.
Some of the variables that can affect pricing include the brand and type of hearing aid. And features like smart tech and wireless capabilities can also drive up the total cost.
Overall, however, prices keep trending downwards as the technology continues to improve. In addition, the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 is helping to further drive down these costs – especially for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids.
Are My Hearing Aids Covered by Health Insurance?
Whether your devices are covered under insurance depends.
As the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) explains, Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids. But Medicaid does for children – and sometimes for adults as well.
ASHA goes on to say that,
“Some private health care plans pay for hearing tests and hearing aid evaluations. They may pay for part or all of your hearing aids. Check with your insurance company to find out for sure. Your benefits manager at work may know what coverage you have.”
If your health insurance does cover hearing aids – that’s one less thing to worry about.
But focusing on cost alone may not be the best strategy.
Why Hearing Aid Cost Isn’t the “Right” Question to Ask
Done correctly, hearing aids can dramatically improve your quality of life by providing sufficient amplification for better listening and communication.
But when used exclusively, hearing aids rarely provide optimal results for 2 important reasons:
- Proper hearing aid selection and sizing are essential. But with OTC access, very few wearers receive the guidance required to ensure sufficient sound amplification in those areas most affected by hearing loss.
- Hearing loss doesn’t always originate in the ear. In fact, the most common type starts in the brain. And even with mild cases, your brain can change over time – slowly losing its ability to clearly capture signals and correctly process sound.
This is why we use a more holistic approach to hearing loss correction.
The Hearing Solution: Diagnosis and Treatment
Instead of focusing on cost – or on the hearing devices themselves – our treatment uses a more results-based approach. In other words, we ask ourselves what steps are necessary for optimal hearing.
More specifically, we try to determine:
- The root cause of your hearing loss?
- The best treatment solution for you?
1. What Is the Root Cause?
First, we run a series of diagnostic evaluations to measure your sound processing abilities. These tests help us determine the extent of your hearing loss – and what the root causes of your condition might be.
To ensure we receive the most accurate results, our diagnostic hearing tests are done in noisy settings that simulate real-world environments – like parties, restaurants, and other loud social occasions.
2. What Is the Best Solution?
Based on the results from our diagnostic evaluation, we then map out a comprehensive treatment plan.
If and when hearing aids are necessary, together we choose the technology that is most effective in improving your hearing in noise. We call this method our functional hearing evaluation. You will be tested with different hearing aids from different manufacturers in background noise. The devices that you perform the best with will be loaned to you for a” test drive” in your own home and listening environments.
This unique approach can make all the difference in the world.
For example, many of our most successful patients are often those who sought low-priced hearing aid solutions a big box stores. But after going through our process they are able to hear the difference for themselves.
Cost becomes mostly irrelevant!
Sometimes, however, hearing aids aren’t necessary at all. And “cost’ becomes truly irrelevant.
With auditory training and communication exercises, for example, it’s possible to improve your brain’s sound processing capabilities. And that’s why we recommend auditory training for all patients – whether they wear hearing aids or not.
Hear the World – Like You’ve Never Heard It Before
If you’re suffering from hearing loss – even a mild case – let us know ASAP.
With our diagnostic testing and comprehensive treatment, our goal is to help you hear the world like you’ve never heard of before.
To learn more about our full range of hearing loss solutions, schedule an appointment with us today.
Interested in learning more? Attend one of our regular hearing solution events to learn more about our unique approach to hearing loss or give us a call at 916-646-2471.Contact Us Now