The Cost of Hearing Aids

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Hearing Aid Discounts or Sales

Many national chain stores will offer ‘discounts’ or ‘sales’. 30% off or buy-one-get-one ‘free’. This is often misleading. Usually the starting price of the hearing aid is so high that the offered discounts or sales will not bring the price down to what we normally charge. Their buy one get one ‘free’ or 30% off price will be still be higher than our list price for hearing aids.  You should consult us for a second opinion. We can give you a price so you can compare.
 
Hearing aids have a wide range of costs depending primarily on the sophistication of the technology within the device.  When deciding which price point is right for you, it’s important to match your lifestyle and needs with the technology level. 
 
For example in the auto world, someone who pulls a trailer behind his truck to go camping every weekend of the summer is not likely to have his needs met if he buys a low end Kia with a weak engine and no trailer hitch.  Matching your needs to your technology is the cornerstone of what makes someone happy with their hearing aid purchase.

Hearing Aid Pricing:

Basic Technology:  $1,950 – $2,500 per ear. 

  • There are options in this range from most hearing aid manufacturers.  There are some hearing aid companies like Signia and Unitron that specialize in entry level technology. This technology comes in the tiny in the canal size as well as larger more powerful options.  This technology is adequate to amplify most sounds in the speech spectrum and will be good for quiet or non variable listening situations.

Advanced Technology:  $2,600 – $3,000 per ear. 

  • This technology is available from every manufacturer. This is because most aids in this range have some form of noise management that will help the hearing aid automatically manage noisier environments.  This is not to say that it gets rid of noise, but it will make a noisy room much more comfortable.  There are generally more adjustments available to the clinician in this range so the fine tuning can be more specific to each individuals listening preferences.  Some good options in this range are from Oticon, Resound and Phonak.
  • These hearing aids come with a three-year supply of batteries.
  • Advanced technology rechargeable hearing aids also include a charger (a $250 – $500 value).

Premium Technology:  $2,800 – $3,300 per ear. 

  • The main difference here is binaural synchronization.  Wow, that is a confusing term isn’t it.  It means that the right aid and the left aid work together as a unit, or a complete hearing system.  The automatic features in the left aid are coordinated with those in the right side for better localization and a more natural listening experience.  There are many more variables within the software to improve on the fine tuning and make noisy environments more natural.  This is suitable for people who have a lot of dynamic listening situations like dining rooms or large group environments, or for those people who just want the best most natural sound quality available to them.  This is not good option if you are only getting a hearing aid in one ear, because you would be paying for features you don’t need.
  • Also included is a three-year supply of batteries or a charger for rechargeable hearing aids. Premium hearing aids also come with accessories designed to make hearing easier, for example, a microphone for another person to use or an adaptor that sends audio directly from the TV to your hearing instruments.

Organizations that can help pay for hearing aids

Veteran’s Affairs Canada:  Did you spend any time the service?  Even if it was not over seas, you may be eligible for a hearing loss claim and pension.  If you have tinnitus you may also be eligible for a tinnitus pension.

WorkSafe BC: If you had any occupational noise exposure, you might be eligible for this program.  Even if it was only for a few years in your twenties.

Lions Club

Starkey Foundation

Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing: For people who are actively seeking employment and need hearing aids, this local organization will accept applications to fund hearing aids in certain situations.

The bottom line is that price should not be a barrier.  If you are concerned about this, we are happily able to accommodate your specific needs and budget in this area.

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