“How much do they cost?”
It’s one of the first questions you’re likely to ask when your audiologist suggests hearing aids.
Though it’s a legitimate question, it’s not one that is easy to answer right away, as you have probably figured out while doing your research. There are several reasons for that.
When it comes to your hearing care, we like to leave the door open so that you can choose the hearing care options that fit your lifestyle and personal preferences.
Consequently, the best we can do off-the-cuff, so to speak, is provide you with a general price range.
Hearing care plans that include hearing aids start as low as $2,500 and can range up to $7,000, depending on the various options you choose.
Let’s explore why hearing care providers tend to keep their cards close to the vest when discussing the price of hearing aids.
What’s Built into the Price of Your Hearing Aids?
Asking how much hearing aids cost is similar to asking the price of a car. What’s the difference between your standard-feature car/truck and the platinum edition?
The basic car or truck comes with the standard features and nothing else. The platinum package comes with additional luxury or performance items, including features that more closely match your personal preferences and requirements.
Hearing aids come in different colors, styles, sizes, and levels of performance, and they can accommodate different levels of technology. A “standard-feature” hearing aid will provide basic levels of sound processing and amplification, while a more advanced model will allow for greater performance and accommodate more personal choices.
So when you ask how much a hearing aid costs, the true, direct response is, “It depends on what you want.”
The Difference Between Hearing Aids and Hearing Care
A second factor in the price of your hearing aid investment involves understanding the difference between cost and value.
The price or cost of a hearing aid is the amount of money it takes to produce it and the amount you pay for the features of the hearing aid. However, its value includes the advantages and benefits you receive from it.
Hearing care takes the value of hearing aids to a different level, because it goes beyond simply sticking a hearing aid into your ear and sending you out the door.
In reality, the hearing aid is a tool from the toolkit of an audiologist in order to achieve a particular goal or set of goals, including better hearing, an independent lifestyle, an improved quality of life.
To achieve these goals, you must be satisfied that you’re getting all the advantages and benefits from a hearing instrument that addresses your unique needs, circumstances, and personal preferences.
Hearing care ensures you get what you need thanks to the partnership that you form with your hearing care provider to meet your needs.
Be Careful With Online Hearing Aid Prices
If you search the internet long enough, you will eventually find a hearing instrument that fits your budget. However, are budget considerations the most important goal?
How much are you willing to pay for better communication, improved relationships, a reinvigorated social life, reduced risk of cognitive decline, better balance, and the assurance that you can continue to enjoy these things for years to come?
Is saving $50, $100, or even $500 the best criterion for something that can have a significant impact on your overall health and quality of life?
By seeing the cost of better hearing as an investment into a better future, you will be able to recognize the value of personalized hearing care above the cost of a hearing aid.
How We Can Help
For more than 45 years the Hearing Center has helped thousands of people achieve better hearing so they can “hear the life that they love.” During our journey, we’ve learned that achieving better hearing requires building a partnership with a great team of hearing care professionals who have your best interests at heart.
You’re not a customer to us; you’re a partner on the journey to better hearing. We work with you through your highs and lows, allowing you to take advantage of our knowledge and experience as doctors of audiology for better hearing health.
As a partner in this process, you have access to a concierge team to call on as you wish, and access to a broad range of hearing aid technology able to specifically address your unique needs.
Learn More About the Hearing Care Available to You
When it comes to making an investment into your future, the price of your hearing aids should take a backseat to the value of personalized hearing care.
For us, your long-term outcomes are of far more importance than selling you a pair of hearing aids.