The cost of a hearing aid is tied to it’s advanced features. Typically, the more feature rich a hearing aid, the more expensive it is. Your need for features is directly tied to the complexity of listening environments you find yourself in (meetings, talking on the phone, watching TV…). With greater situational need comes greater technological need.
What pricing should I expect for hearing aids?
The actual range is quite wide, from $500 for a single basic hearing aid to $7,500 for a set of advanced digital hearing aids. So yes, hearing aids can be expensive!
Do I need more than a hearing aid?
Hearing aids aren’t always the only consideration when it comes to hearing help. A range of other assistive listening devices (ALDs) exist, providing benefit to both hearing aid users and non-hearing aid users. In general, ALDs exist to make up for the short comings of hearing aids (i.e. noisy situations, distance situations, and poor acoustics).
What types of ALDs are available?
There are numerous types of ALDs created for different situations. All ALDs help boost the sound quality that is directed to your hearing aids, cochlear implants, or earbuds for those who don’t wear hearing aids.
An assisted listening system can be used in office and classroom environments to boost communication and speech recognition when speakers are far away from the listener. One or more devices can be used with personal listening devices to facilitate complete participation for the person with hearing loss.
Hearing aid amplification provides improved speech sounds that are sent a listener’s hearing aids. Amplification can be used in a wide variety of situations, and always help listeners focus in on the speaker while reducing background noise. Hearing amplification devices can be used in office meetings, conference room presentations, during college classes, and even while at home watching TV.
Hearing amplifiers are frequently used by both those who wear hearing aids and those who do not. People who simply need to hear better when sitting far away from a speaker can benefit from a personal amplification device. Older adults who are experiencing the beginning stages of hearing loss and may not be ready for hearing aids can also benefit by using personal hearing amplification devices as these devices can bridge the gap and provide them the quality of hearing and life they are used to.
For many people, these dynamic devices mean the difference between participating and losing out on life experiences. A personal amplifier for hearing impaired people just might be the key to providing the kind of fulfilling life each person deserves.
What is pricing for an Assisted Listening Device?
Like hearing aids the cost range for ALDs similarly has a wide continuum. This cost range is based directly upon the intricacy of listening environments. The more complex the environment (i.e. high noise, long distance, and poor acoustic environments) the more advanced the ALD, and therefore greater price. The ALD genre includes everything from a basic personal amplification device (helps in face to face conversation in quiet) all the way up to advanced adaptive wireless technology (parties and restaurant interaction). Given this, the realistic price range for ALDS spans from $150 up to $2,000.
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