Doctor, how much do hearing aids cost? #AsktheDoc
Posted by Starkey Canada on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
You Get What You Pay For
The quality of your hearing aid is much more important than you may think. Prices start in the $2000 range for a modern digital hearing aid that we consider to have good quality sound and features that will provide good value for the dollar.
Hearing aids are typically worn for more than 12 more hours a day – you definitely want the best sounding hearing aids.
Why do hearing aids cost so much?
The first thing to consider is the fact that hearing aid is a medical device and not a simple amplifier. There’s a lot technology that goes into that small package. Features such as noise reduction, feedback reduction, Bluetooth, and now even artificial intelligence are becoming standard. Consider the incredibly sensitive microphones and powerful electronics that are miniaturized and stuffed into a small package customized to fit your ear comfortably all day long.
Bluetooth hearing aids make cell phone calls clear and easy to understand – stress free!
The cost to produce the hearing aid is just one part of the total cost. Consider the tens of millions of dollars that goes into developing the technology in terms of hardware and software every year. From there we can add in:
- Component cost to build the hearing aids
- Hardware and software development costs
- Custom molding for comfort
- Custom programming for your specific hearing loss
- Time spent fine-tuning the hearing aids after initial fitting
- Maintenance and checkup every six months for years to come
Our Service Guarantee means zero maintenance cost for the life of your hearing aids.
Use Versus Price
When you consider the average hearing aid will last five or more years while being worn 12 hours or more a day that’s a lot of value for money well spent. The math:
365 days a year X five years = Cost of $1.21 a day per hearing aid
Realistically, if you have two hearing aids your cost to hear well and live better is under $2.50 a day. That’s less than half the price of a coffee at Starbucks to be able to interact with people socially and at work. No more missing out on conversations in restaurants and social gatherings. No more embarrassment from asking “what did you say” over and over. Maybe hearing aids are actually cheap when you consider how long the last and how they improve your lifestyle & well being.
Why No Low-Cost Hearing Aids?
We simply won’t sell a hearing aid that doesn’t meet our specifications and required level of quality. There is absolutely no value in having a cheap hearing aid that you can’t use outside in the wind and is constantly buzzing with feeding back. Our clients would rip them out of their ears in the first hour. Cheap hearing aids are more like simple amplifiers that simply raise all the sound levels at all the frequencies and cause more problems than they solve.
You wouldn’t by glasses that are blurry – why would you buy a cheap hearing aids that sounds fuzzy?