How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
The cost of hearing aids — how much are they, really?
There are many different types of hearing aids on the market that offer very different kinds of support to the wearers. The cost, and their effectiveness, can vary wildly. Colorado Ear Care can help you understand the difference in quality, cost, and purpose of these devices.
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Hearing aid prices
Private Pay with Full Service
The most popular option with our patients and the most recommended by our professionals. All services are included with the price of the hearing aid. This option helps foster the best relationship between the patient and the provider because the type and number of visits with the audiologist is not limited. Patients that choose this option have a higher satisfaction level and overall better results. Colorado Ear Care offers this price structure at all technology levels.
Private Pay with Limited Service
This is an option for those patients that want to work directly with their provider but pay less up front for their hearing aids. The provider offers the hearing aids at a lower price, but the services are limited and there are more ‘pay as you go’ fees. Colorado Ear Care offers this price structure at all technology levels.
Discount Plan Devices via Insurance
$500-$2,800 per device
Many health insurance companies offer discounts for hearing aids as a perk for being a member. Occasionally, the discount plan also includes an actual hearing aid benefit that is paid by the insurance provider.
The price is typically less than what you would pay at a traditional retail hearing aid provider, but the standard services needed outside of the initial hearing aid fitting are often very limited.
You will usually pay a lower up-front cost, but you will encounter recurring fees as the hearing aids need to be serviced and re-programmed, which are necessary in order for them to be at their most effective as your hearing needs evolve.
We hear that patients often feel ‘nickel and dimed’ under this type of pricing structure, and in order to offer a wider range of care for patients in our community, Colorado Ear Care is a provider for some of these discount plans.
Over The Counter (OTC)
$100-$500 per device
Over the counter-style devices are usually sold online and typically come in a one-size-fits-most style. They are designed for those with very little hearing impairment and a very strict budget. Because it is not custom-fit technology for a patient’s hearing loss or ear — both in terms of programming and personalized comfort — we do not recommend them, nor does Colorado Ear Care fit this type of device.
One week no-risk hearing aid demo.
Studies have shown it takes people an average of 7 years to come in for a hearing evaluation after first noticing difficulty hearing. Together, we will pick a product to try and let you wear it for a week to see if it's right for you.
Detect if a hearing loss is present and explain your options based on your lifestyle.
All patients will be eligible for a free (no payment out of pocket) week demo of hearing aids.
After the free week demo, we'll assess if the hearing aids helped improve your hearing loss or tinnitus. If you decide you are not ready to trial hearing aids, simply return the demo devices.
Levels of hearing aid technology
These are the least expensive options to improve hearing loss. Hearing is improved, but these aids are limited in features and noise reduction capabilities. The user will most likely need to make manual adjustments in different listening environments to stay comfortable, but options are limited. Your hearing provider also has more limited programming capabilities. Provides the least amount of hearing in noise features, which is where many hard of hearing people struggle.
These aids are a step up in cost from essential-level devices, and offer more features to both the provider programming the aids and the hearing aid user. Standard hearing aids offer noise suppression capabilities which can help in hearing situations with small groups. You may still struggle to hear in loud environments or areas with high levels of background noise. Some accessories are available that can work with the hearing aids to help in those environments.
Advances aids offer another level up for both the programmer and the user. The programming flexibility allows your hearing provider to further customize and tailor the hearing aid to your hearing loss and specific areas you’d like to hear better in. This higher level of technology also comes with more automatic and adaptive technology to help you hear in challenging listening situations such as restaurants and big groups. Besides noise reduction capabilities, these aids also provide a more clear and rich sound experience for the wearer. Listening in rooms such as churches and auditoriums also improves. Music lovers will appreciate an increase in the quality of music.
Premium level hearing aids are the closest you will get to normal hearing. This level of technology integrates binaural processing, meaning the two hearing aids work together to help you hear better much like the brain was designed to do. These hearing aids provide the highest level of clarity and automatic noise reduction to improve speech in noisy environments. Adaptation to the environment happens seamlessly and quickly giving the user a full, clear sound in all listening situations. These hearing aids also have a stronger speech processor that produces clear, crisp speech.