Cost of Hearing Aids
How much do hearing aids cost? Hearing aids are an investment in your communication and quality of life. Typically, hearing aids are not covered by most insurance plans, although some do. Our billing staff is happy to check with your insurance company to determine if you have a hearing aid benefit. Medicare does not cover hearing aids but does cover diagnostic testing. Our staff is committed to helping you find amplification within your price range. We also offer financing, if needed. Costs of hearing aids are in a wide range depending upon the number of processors and features. Over a five year period, the cost can range from $1.00 to $4.00 per day for a set of hearing aids with an average of $2.00 per day.
Why do I need two hearing aids?
Our brain is designed to process information received through two ears. The neural wiring is such that most of the information coming into the left ear is transferred to the right side of the brain and conversely, most of the information coming into the right ear is transferred to the left side of the brain. Once the information is in the brain, it is “processed” through both sides. This “binaural” interaction allows us to detect sounds from both sides, distinguish a variety of sounds, discriminate speech more clearly and provides better clarity in difficult listening situations such as in noise. Binaural hearing provides our brain with signals from both ears allowing for a better sound “picture.” When using only one ear, one will note difficulty with the localization of sound, hearing speech originating from the other side, and processing information in complex listening situations with high levels of background noise, such as restaurants. Therefore, listening with one ear is physically tiring and stressful. Most of the patients we see have a similar loss of hearing in both ears. Therefore, the use of hearing aids in both ears could logically provide the same benefit to each ear. Research has found that people who wear two hearing aids can enjoy more balanced hearing. By providing stimulation to each ear, there is less deterioration of speech understanding than when stimulating one ear only.
Facts about Hearing Aids
Hearing aids improve your quality of life
hearing aids help get you back into enjoying your favorite activities
Everyone is entitled to a trial period to ensure maximum benefit
Advanced hearing aids automatically adjust to various listening environments
Digital hearing aid technology has been clinically proven to improve hearing
in background noise
Two hearing aids allow for better reception of soft spoken words and
localization of sound as well as hearing in noise