The best hearing aid value for the money
According to reports, less than one third of adults who need hearing aids actually get them. Often the high cost of hearing aids delays this important purchase until years after people start to experience hearing loss. It’s worth noting that Medicare and most health insurance plans do not cover the cost of hearing aids either. Even if your employer offers a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to cover miscellaneous medical expenses like hearing aids, wouldn’t you want to get the best hearing aid value for your money?
FDA-registered hearing aids made affordable
Finding the right hearing aids to fit your budget and lifestyle can be time-consuming and confusing. There are many different types, styles, and models with a huge price range. When it comes to hearing aids, high quality does not have to mean high cost. With affordable, FDA-registered hearing aids only a click or call away, you can finally afford that much needed pair of hearing aids. Here are a few helpful tips and tricks that can help you save on better hearing.
Eliminate the middleman
Did you know there’s a sizable markup on hearing aids purchased from doctors’ offices, audiology centers, and even big box retailers? While it is highly recommended that you get your hearing tested by a doctor or audiologist prior to purchasing hearing aids, you can save a substantial amount of money by cutting out the middleman and ordering directly from an FDA-regstered manufacturer. In a study by the Better Hearing Institute, direct-to-consumer or mail order hearing aids are just as beneficial as traditional, more expensive hearing aids. On the average, the direct-to-consumer buyer enjoys an 80% cost savings with mail order hearing aids.
*Data in table sourced from: Kochkin, S. A comparison of consumer satisfaction, subjective benefit, and quality of life changes associated with traditional and direct-mail hearing aid use. Hearing Review. 2014;21(1):16-26.
And while veterans may be eligible for a free pair through the Department of Veterans Affairs, it can be difficult to schedule an appointment and get access to ongoing support; there may even be travel considerations. Having a second set of low cost hearing aids as backups can prove to be a good idea.
Focus on the features
What features should you look for in an affordable, FDA-registered hearing aid? Unlike a low-cost Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP) that simply makes all sounds louder, hearing aids are designed to address the most frequent types of hearing loss in the most common environments. Look for hearing aids, either analog or digital, that offer a “one-size-fits most” sound processing programming built in, eliminating time-consuming trips to a doctor or audiologist’s office for programming adjustments. An easy-to-use volume control, availability of parts (including replacement tubes, tips and batteries), 24/7 access to customer service and technical support, a risk-free trial period, and comprehensive warranty are all factors to consider when making this important purchase.
Take the time to do your research, get your hearing tested, and try on a few different styles of hearing aids, including direct-to-consumer options to find the best ones for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing.
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Bonus Tips - Check Your Medicare Advantage Insurance For Coverage & Search For Unclaimed Money
Here are two additional quick tips - one that can save you money on hearing aids through insurance coverage, and one that may give you free money you didn't know you had.
Your Medicare Advantage Plan May Give You Free Money To Spend On Hearing Aids
Did you know that you may be able to use your supplemental OTC benefits that your Medicare Advantage plan gives you on MDHearing's OTC hearing aids? Now that the FDA passed the OTC hearing aid law, some Medicare Advantage plans list MDHearing's OTC hearing aids in their OTC benefit catalogs. Check your plan's catalog today to see if MDHearing's OTC hearing aids are included. If they are, you can use your OTC funds to help pay for MDHearing's high-quality, affordable hearing aids.
Check to See if You Have Free Money Waiting For You
Do you know states are required to hold unclaimed property in your name when you're owed money? For example, New York is currently holding over 16 billion dollars of unclaimed funds, and the city of Rochester, NY is holding unclaimed property for over 146,000 people and over 13,000 businesses. Just search your state's name and "unclaimed property" and you should see your state's unclaimed property website, or visit https://www.missingmoney.com/ to search to see if you have unclaimed funds.