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How Expensive Are Hearing Aids

Mar 4, 2008
One of the main challenges facing a person who needs hearing devices or who is seeking to replace an existing one is hearing aid costs. Although it may be argued that certain factors such as hearing tests and the technology used are responsible for prices being what they are, it is of little comfort to those who need one. Here are some of the factors affecting the cost of hearing devices:

Technology used.

Hearing instrument are usually either analogue or digital. There are also sonic hearing devices available. These analogue devices are simple in terms of the technology used and only amplify sound at a basic level. At present devices made using this technology are generally less expensive than a comparative device using a different technology.

The advances in technology over the last thirty years have led to a marked improvement in the quality of instruments on the market. Digital hearing aids have opened up new horizons as to what can be done with these devices. The cost of one of these instruments is another thing. They tend to be on the expensive side even though it can be argued that with the improved sound quality, amplification, and noise reduction the cost is very much worth it. There are however manufacturers that offer some of these digital devices at a reasonable cost depending on whether you need one within a particular range.

For certain technological features including Bluetooth, volume control, wireless, and directional microphones once they are added to the hearing piece then the price will go up dramatically. If a hearing device comes with many of these features chances are it will cost a lot more than if it had just the basic ones.

Battery life of hearing devices.

Hearing aid batteries are the lifeline of each device as without them nothing will be heard. Depending on the hearing device being used the size of the battery will differ. The battery life of hearing devices generally fall within the four days to three weeks range. This means that the battery will have to be replaced on a regular basis. Prices however are just about the same across the board.

The hearing instruments warranty.

Most hearing device comes with a warranty especially if it is bought from a reputable company or audiologist. Warranties can be just for a year or one can be had for more. Most devices come with a standard one year warranty and if the purchaser wants it extended then they will have to pay more for it. Warranties are a cost to the hearing instrument manufacturers and this cost is usually borne indirectly by the consumer.

Many people who need hearing aids are not able to afford them and others have questioned why the prices of these devices are where they are. Some health service providers may cover the cost, or part of it, of hearing aids. This will mainly affect seniors who are among the largest group of hearing aid users. In spite of the present hearing aid costs it is still possible to find reasonably priced devices but it requires some research to do so.
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