Last updated on Jan 22, 2019
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?
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-approved 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.
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-approved 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.
What features should you look for in an affordable, FDA-approved 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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