Deborah Maloon, R.Aud.,Retired


Why are hearing aids so expensive?

While hearing aid prices are high, it’s important to know that you are paying for far more than just the devices themselves. Hearing aid pricing includes the cost of the device itself as well as the services of the professional. When you purchase a hearing aid, the price often includes all of the professional services that go along with the fitting. Your hearing ability may change, your hearing aid may need repair and you may have questions occasionally. You are making an investment in the professional as well as the hearing aid technology. Another factor that affects the purchase price of the hearing aid is the technology level and features included. All hearing aid manufacturers strive to offer devices that meet the needs of patients and their budgets. Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by the industry to improve how these devices perform. Here’s another way to think about the price of hearing aids. If your hearing aids cost $4800, and they have a life expectancy of five years, they will cost you $960 per year, $80 per month or $2.66 per day. In other words, while the total amount is high, the ongoing usage price is reasonable and most people agree that it is well worth it.

Can you use your smartphone with them?

Yes! Major hearing aid manufacturers have worked with Apple and Android smartphone makers to build technology that allows your hearing aids to connect wirelessly with your phone. Smartphone hearing aids make your life easier and more convenient by streaming audio directly from your phone to your hearing aids—like phone calls, music, and driving directions.

Is there a relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline?

At present, the jury is out on whether hearing aids or any other type of intervention for hearing impairment has much impact on cognitive decline. More research is needed and is ongoing. Hearing impairment is certainly associated with increased risk of developing dementia, and there is a very high number of patients in which hearing impairment and dementia co-occur. We do know that we need to focus on the functional benefits of hearing aids, as we know they are effective at reducing hearing disability and thereby improving one’s quality of life.
An interesting article to read is: Hearing Aid Satisfaction Revisited