How much do hearing aids cost?
This will always be one of the first questions any hearing aid shopper will ask when researching their hearing aid options.
We've answered this question thousands of times over the years, and these days, hundreds of prospective hearing aid patients will ask us for hearing aid pricing every year -- and many folks will raise the question in the first few of minutes of our conversations.
We get it.
Price matters (it's not the only consideration, but it is pretty important). Price often informs what type of hearing aids, and any service plans or accessories you might get. You need to develop an initial budget and determine what services and options you need now, as well as what you might need over the coming years of hearing aid ownership.
It's tough to answer this question right off the bat, because hearing aids have so many variables and options it's often tough to know the price until you've figured out exactly what you need, and have had a skilled professional assess your hearing to help you determine what technology and service plans are most likely to deliver your best outcomes. Not to mention, in some cases insurance may cover some (or all) of the cost of hearing aids, and may affect how or where you’re able to be fit with hearing aids if you plan to use your benefit.
At ClearLife Hearing Care, we strive to educate every prospective patient, even if that leads you to a different treatment solution. I'll do my best to offer some realistic price ranges, based on real-world products, service, and accessory costs right now (in 2021).
Please note that we are in network with most major insurance carriers and can provide a free benefit check to help you determine if you have insurance coverage for hearing aids.
Keep in mind that all prices are only estimates, and may vary based on the specific product, accessories, service plans, insurance policies, and other factors.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Most hearing aids will cost in the range of $750 to $3,500 per ear in 2021 -- this price typically includes the custom fitting of devices, regular ongoing follow-up appointments, and cleaning supplies with replacement parts (comprehensive care plan).
We can also provide you with a customized quote for your hearing loss or tinnitus treatment plan during your free consultation with one of our Doctors of Audiology.
Just the hearing aids
Some customers want just the hearing aids, with very little maintenance or follow-up care.
Treating hearing loss using best practices involves many other costs. However, some people prefer to do everything themselves, which may mean that they opt to maintain their devices on their own and only come back to the audiologist when they determine that they need assistance.
This is called “unbundling” the hearing aid price from the services, meaning that the majority of the service costs associated with the hearing loss treatment are separated from the hearing aid cost and the patient pays for these services as they go.
We don't typically recommend the “unbundled” approach, even if you're an experienced hearing aid user. We strongly believe that one of the most important factors to long-term hearing aid success is that the devices are professionally cleaned and maintained, and that your hearing is re-tested annually so that your devices can be reprogrammed if your hearing has changed.
In our practice, we generally start our recommendations by including a comprehensive lifetime care plan, however some of our patients opt to go with decreased service for various reasons.
The breakdown of the cost savings for unbundling services in our clinic is outline in the image below.
Hearing Aid Fitting and Initial Fine-Tuning
Initial hearing aid fitting and fine-tuning includes the following at ClearLife Hearing Care. These services are highly variable from clinic to clinic, as many hearing aid vendors do not perform real ear measurement and do not include a structured follow-up program or brain retraining process:
- Real Ear Measurement
- Initial “Comfort Fit” Programming
- Brain Retraining and Adaptation Program
- Structured Follow-up Process During Trial Period
These services are generally performed during the hearing aid trial period, which commonly varies between 30-90 days, depending on the clinic’s policies and state law.
Typical prices for initial programming and follow-up during the trial ranges from $400-$700. These services are included as a standard with all of our hearing aid fitting, and are valued at $415 (applied to the final cost upon purchase of hearing aids)
Extended Service Plan Options
In some cases you may need to purchase an extended service plan. Maybe you purchased your hearing aids out of town and want them serviced in our clinic. Or, possibly you purchased them with an unbundled plan but now realize the value of in-clinic care and want to extend the period of time you’re covered.
In our clinic we have several options for extended service plans. You can purchase one year of unlimited service for $600 or two years for $900.
Hearing Aid Pricing at ClearLife Hearing Care
Listed below are estimated prices for some of our most popular hearing aids (per pair) with basic initial fitting and trial period services. Additional services, accessories, and features may affect pricing, these prices are an estimate of actual costs.
Optimal Technology: $5090
Advanced Technology: $4490
- Oticon More 3
- Phonak Paradise 50
- Widex Moment 220
- Signia 3 Products
Standard Technology: $3490
- Oticon Ruby 1
- Phonak Paradise 30
- Widex Moment 110
- Signia 2 Products
Essential Technology: $1490
- Oticon Ruby 2
- Signia 1 Products
Prices for other Accessories (Variable by Product and Manufacturer) and Services
- Rechargeable Upgrade: $299
- Bluetooth Adapter: $199-$299
- TV Adapter: $249-$349
- Additional Chargers: $99-$249
- Real Ear Programming: $250
- Hearing Aid Programming Adjustments: $125
- Training on Hearing Aid Use and Care: $125
- Tinnitus Counseling: $125/Session (45 minutes)
- Out of Warranty Repair: $300+
- Prescription Update (New test + Reprogram Aids): $150
- Hearing Aid Clean & Check/Troubleshooting: $50
Again, everything here is simply an estimate, and your final price may look different. I hope you've developed a better feel for the potential costs of purchasing hearing aids, as well as what goes into the pricing of hearing aids.
We're happy to help you find the best hearing solution for your unique needs, and will work with you to find a product that matches your needs and your budget.