The average cost of one digital hearing aid can range from $1,000 to $4,000. The cheapest hearing aids cost between $500 and $3,000, midrange hearing aids cost from $3,000 to $4,500 and premium hearing aids fall in the range of $4,500 to $6,000 per device.
Though the price of a hearing aid might seem steep, you can pay in monthly installments similar to those you might pay for television service or internet subscription. Quality hearing aids can also last several years, especially if the user’s hearing loss remains stable over time. Divided over four years, the cost of a $4,000 hearing aid is about $2.74 per day.
- The average cost of a good hearing aid ranges from $1,000 to $4,000.
- There are three major types of hearing devices: PSAPs and analog and digital hearing aids.
- PSAPs (personal sound amplification products) tend to be the most affordable hearing aid option, but they aren’t intended for those with hearing loss.tend to be the most affordable hearing aid option, but they aren’t intended for those with hearing loss.
- Make sure you explore payment and financing options like insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, as they might help cover a percentage of the costs associated with hearing aids.
Why do hearing aids cost so much?
Hearing aid costs are usually bundled to include a hearing test, consultation, initial fitting and follow-up appointment for adjustments. This process ensures the hearing aids you purchase match your or your loved one’s unique hearing needs. However, a bundled cost model can leave room for upcharges and unclear pricing.
When researching prices, ask to see unbundled costs for hearing aids.
If you’re interested in purchasing a hearing aid and are exploring potential ways to save on costs, ask about unbundling. With an unbundled price, you can get a better understanding of what services you’re paying for and whether or not some of them might be unnecessary. Online stores can also reduce the cost of hearing aids by selling their products and providing consultations entirely online.
Hearing aid prices may also include additional benefits beyond bundled services, though. The cost of hearing aids may also include routine cleanings, batteries and a warranty (often ranges from one to three years). Some warranty plans even cover future fittings, cleanings, and loss or damage protection.
Hearing aid price comparison
In general, more expensive hearing aids offer more features than cheaper hearing devices. PSAPs tend to be the most affordable option, but they often come with fewer benefits and may not help with hearing loss at all. According to the FDA, PSAPs are not intended to compensate for hearing impairment, which means the devices will likely be less than satisfactory for those with significant hearing loss.
Analog hearing aids are a bit pricier but offer better sound quality than PSAPs. Digital hearing aids provide further hearing help with the ability to modify sound waves. Check the chart below to help you decide which type of device is best suited to your needs.
|PSAP||Analog hearing aid||Digital hearing aid|
|Cost||$50 to $500||$900 to $3,000||$1,000 to $4,000|
|Fitted by a professional|
|Tailored for the individual|
|Modifies sound waves|
Hearing aid insurance
- Does insurance cover hearing aids?
- Many insurance plans that include hearing aids cover a certain percentage of the cost every few years. Some health insurance providers offer negotiated discounts with contracted providers, and some may deduct just a portion of the total cost. Always check with your health insurance provider to understand the details of your plan.
- Does Medicare cover hearing aids?
- Unfortunately, no. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn't cover hearing aids or hearing exams. However, Medicare does cover diagnostic hearing and balance exams if your health care provider orders them. You may also be eligible for a Medicare Advantage plan that helps with hearing aid expenses, depending on where you live. Medicare Advantage plans are sometimes referred to as Part C or MA plans. Private companies approved by Medicare offer these Advantage plans. However, they usually cost a monthly premium in addition to what you pay for your Part B premium. Not all Medicare Advantage plans include benefits for hearing service, and not all plans are available in all areas.
- Does Medicaid cover hearing aids?
- Medicaid programs in certain states may completely cover the cost of hearing aids, but even if you’re not eligible for complete coverage, you might still qualify for discounts or a set percentage of coverage. Eligibility conditions and coverage vary, so make sure to check with your state Medicaid program, doctor or audiologist to find out if you are covered. By law, Medicaid must cover hearing aids purchased for children.
How to pay for hearing aids
If you don't have insurance and you're looking for ways to pay for hearing aids, consider the following options:
- Check for programs and benefits in your state. Some states have programs or benefits for residents with hearing-related issues. The Hearing Loss Association of America keeps a list of state-specific hearing aid coverage and organizations that can provide assistance to those experiencing hearing loss.
- Find benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those who have served in the military may be eligible for hearing aids through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA usually covers the entire cost of hearing aids and consultation for those who qualify. The Military Audiology Association may offer assistance to retirees in certain areas.
- Look for employer-sponsored benefits. Some employers offer flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for health care expenses. You can sometimes be reimbursed for the cost of a hearing aid and its batteries through an FSA. Ask your employer to find out the specific benefits of the FSA they offer or if they offer other similar accounts.
Hearing aid costs FAQ
- Can you buy hearing aids online?
- Yes, you can buy hearing aids online. Buying online can be a great way to save money, especially if you’re purchasing a PSAP that doesn’t require visiting an audiologist. However, even if your hearing aids require professional fitting assistance, you may still be able to purchase hearing aids online and work with a local audiologist for the setup.
- How can I save money on hearing aids?
- You can save money on hearing aids by shopping smartly. Start by getting evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ENT) or an audiologist to find out exactly what level of hearing loss you have and what kind of device would suit you best. Once you know what type of hearing aid to shop for, you’ll be able to compare prices, features and products based on your needs.
Another way to save money on hearing aids is by asking to unbundle costs. Many hearing aid sellers offer hearing aids as a bundled package that includes costs for fittings, adjustments and tests. Even if the bundled services are appealing to you, it’s worth asking about unbundling, if only to get clarity on how much the manufacturer is charging for additional services.
- Can you buy hearing aids directly through the manufacturer?
- Yes, you may be able to buy hearing aids directly through a manufacturer, but it may not be the best option for you. If you have a high level of hearing loss and need to work with an audiologist, communicate with your doctor about the best way for you to purchase hearing aids.
- How much do hearing aid repairs typically cost?
- Hearing aid repair costs generally range from $300 to $600, depending on the problem. Mechanical or electrical problems with hearing aids often have repair costs ranging from $300 to $400, while cosmetic repairs on hearing aids frequently cost anywhere from $500 to $600. Bear in mind that these are only average estimates, and some hearing aid problems may require more extensive repairs or a complete replacement.
- Is financing available for hearing aids?
- Yes, hearing aid financing may be available through your audiologist or manufacturer, depending on how and where you purchase your hearing aids.
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