Your Comprehensive Walkthrough of the Different Ways to Treat a Hearing Loss

09/27/2023 | Hearing Loss | 0 comments

If you or someone you care about is seeking solutions for hearing loss, the amount of available options can be overwhelming. When doing research online, you might come across conflicting information. If you’re confused about where to turn, don’t worry.

Hearing loss is a prevalent issue affecting numerous Americans, and cases of hearing loss are projected to increase in the years ahead. So, you’re definitely not alone on your journey!

I know that understanding what to do about hearing loss can be difficult. And that’s why we’ve put together this all-encompassing guide to help you explore your options

Keep These Factors in Mind When Evaluating Your Options

Before diving into your available options, it’s crucial to consider some essential factors that will shape your decision. Hearing loss solutions aren’t one size fits all.

These factors include:

  • The specific degree and nature of your hearing loss
  • Your lifestyle and the environments you frequent
  • Your preference for in-person interactions or remote assistance
  • Your budget and whether you seek a premium or cost-effective solution
  • Your preference for a local establishment or a larger corporation

With these aspects in mind, let’s explore the range of treatment possibilities for hearing loss.

Exploring Treatment Options for Hearing Loss

There are many options for various budgets, needs, and circumstances. These options range in price from economical to high-end:

  • Earphones and Mobile Apps [$0-$250]
  • Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids [$800-$2500]
  • Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) [$79-$1250]
  • Online Hearing Aids with Remote Audiology Support [$1850-$2400]
  • Retail Chains [$1250-$4000]
  • Audiology Clinics [$2500-$7500]
  • Cochlear Implant Surgery for Hearing Loss [$30,000-$50,000]

While all of these solutions provide assistance for hearing loss, they differ significantly in their approaches. Let’s dive into each option in greater detail.

Earphones and Mobile Apps
For those with limited budgets who require sound amplification in specific situations, certain apps available on platforms like Apple’s App Store can convert earphones into amplification tools.

These apps use your device’s microphone to amplify sounds. While these apps are affordable—many have free trials—they do have limitations.


  • Inexpensive
  • Only requires a cell phone and earphones


  • Only works in environments with little background noise
  • Requires you to sit in a specific position
  • Makes all sounds louder
  • Doesn’t include any support
Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids
In August 2022, the FDA published its ruling on over-the-counter hearing aids.

This ruling resulted in a lot of confusion, which still exists. Many people believe that these over-the-counter devices are all they need to fix their hearing.

The biggest concern that we have as hearing care professionals is that people will self-prescribe a solution to their hearing loss without knowing what type and degree of hearing loss they even have.

We have experience testing thousands of people’s hearing. And we’ve learned that often, people think their hearing loss is less severe than it actually is. Only when their hearing is professionally tested do we discover that they actually have a moderate to severe hearing loss.


  • Easily accessible
  • Can be purchased via your computer
  • Very competitively priced


  • Not tailored to your hearing loss
  • Don’t require testing
  • Must fit them yourself, which could lead to discomfort
  • No support outside of your 90-day returns period
  • No warranty if you lose or damage them
  • Only appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss
Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)
Available online or in stores, PSAPs are amplification devices equipped with a built-in microphone that enhances all sounds. PSAPs are suitable for mild hearing loss cases where a one-size-fits-all approach is sufficient. While budget-friendly, they come with some downsides.


  • Easy to purchase
  • Can be inexpensive


  • Not tailored to your specific needs
  • Need to fit them yourself
  • No support outside of your return window
  • No warranty if you happen to lose or damage them
  • Amplifies all sounds, including background noise
Online Hearing Aids with Remote Audiology Support/Direct to Consumer
Certain companies provide online hearing aids with virtual audiology support, offering convenience and access to hearing technology. This option is suitable for those seeking a convenient option and preferring to avoid doctor visits. The technology is developed by reputable manufacturers and is easy to purchase online. You can order the devices for as low as $1850, and they often come with a money-back guarantee.


  • Convenient
  • Easy to purchase
  • Sometimes comes with a money-back guarantee
  • Developed by reputable manufacturers


  • Online hearing assessments can be inaccurate.
  • No in-person support
  • You’re often meeting with different audiologists each time you seek care.
Big Box Retail Stores
Large retail chains such as Costco offer professional hearing aids with in-person fittings and warranties. This can be considered a step up from purchasing devices online. However, you might experience longer wait times for appointments and limited ongoing assistance. And insurance coverage might not apply.

Costco and similar stores require hearing assessments to gauge your hearing loss level. They offer their own brand of devices as well as technology from reputable manufacturers, with warranties ranging from one to three years.


  • Convenient
  • Easy to purchase
  • Sometimes comes with a money-back guarantee
  • Developed by reputable manufacturers


  • Online hearing assessments can be inaccurate
  • No in-person support
  • You’re often meeting with different audiologists each time you seek care.
Local Audiology Clinics
The conventional approach involves visiting local hearing care clinics. They offer comprehensive hearing assessments, tailored technology options, and in-person support. Insurance coverage and payment plans are often available. Working with dedicated hearing care professionals ensures that you receive personalized care, including aid maintenance and adjustments. You’ll have a team of dedicated professionals in your corner who truly care about your hearing health.


  • You’ll receive ongoing support.
  • You can use insurance.
  • Payment plans may be available.
  • You’ll receive a warranty.
  • You’ll receive personalized care.


  • You will need to attend multiple appointments.
Cochlear Implant Surgery for Severe Hearing Loss
If you’re experiencing a severe hearing loss, you may be suited for cochlear implants. The procedure involves surgically implanting a device in the cochlea to replace its function. Effective but costly, the procedure requires you to be approved as a candidate. Cochlear implants may be partially or fully covered by insurance, but additional expenses can apply.


  • Can benefit those suffering from a severe hearing loss


  • Candidacy requirements are specific — you need to be approved.
  • Can potentially be costly
  • Requires surgery

How to Decide

I hope this helps to clarify your options. The best hearing loss solution depends on your unique needs, circumstances, and preferences – no single approach suits all.

Considering your hearing loss degree, lifestyle, and budget will guide your choice. And if you need more support, we’re always here to help and provide you with tailored advice!

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Jennifer LaBorde Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer LaBorde is an audiologist who has been in practice since 1999. She has a Masters in Communication Disorders from University of South Alabama, Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Mississippi, a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology.
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