According to the September 2015 PCAST report on the state of hearing technology, there are still millions of Americans with hearing loss that do not buy hearing aids because they simply cannot afford them. This is the bad news, and is truly an injustice to people who are simply hoping to hear better.
Hearing Aid Industry Tips
The reality of purchasing hearing aids is that a lot of people just can't afford it. Medicare and most insurance companies do not include hearing instruments as part of their coverage. That leaves many people stuck in a situation where they need a hearing aid but simply cannot afford it. What we have done at Advanced Affordable Hearing is find the best hearing aids possible at a reasonable price.
One of the questions we get asked most often is to explain the difference between analog and digital hearing aids. Analog hearing aids, in simple terms, amplify the sound wave by making it larger. The device uses older transistor technology in conjunction with circuitry to amplify the incoming sound. The only changes that can be made are generally confined to volume control and occasionally the ability to adjust the response of the unit.
Hearing aids range in price from as low as $10 in some places all the way up to $8,000 if you go locally to a provider. The difference in prices is due to cost to seller as well features and models of the hearing aid.
There are many reasons why people who have a hearing deficiency don't purchase hearing aids. Hopefully we can help clarify some of those obstacles and help inform you on how to tackle the issue.
Answering the question of how long your hearing aid will last is tricky. There is no solid answer for any one person. However, on average, a hearing aid will last in the 3 to 5 year range (closer to 5 in most cases). There are a lot of determining factors that can affect your hearing aid life including:
The major hearing aid companies like Phonak, Siemens, Starkey, and Miracle Ear all have hearing aids that start at prices over $1000 (or more!). At Advanced Affordable Hearing most of our hearing aids are priced under $350. People often want to know how we sell such cheap hearing aids (their words, not ours). The answer is simple; we design hearing aids with the features that people need, not hearing aids that include every single bell and whistle.
Another question we get asked quite frequently is if we buy or sell used hearing aids. The short answer is no but it is not as simple as a one-word answer. Hearing aids can be expensive. Real expensive. One pair of top of the line hearing aids can go for $6000 or more. That is a pretty heavy investment for anyone. For one reason or another, there are times when hearing aid owners are looking to sell their expensive used hearing aids. Here is the problem with it.