It’s no secret that the cost of hearing aids causes sticker shock for many people with hearing loss. But don’t be fooled by all the chatter. We’re dispelling four of the most common myths about hearing aid cost.
Myth 1: Less expensive = cheap
Just like any device these days, hearing aids are consistently being updated with new features and advanced technology. What used to be a fancy upgrade 10 years ago, may now be standard in even the lower priced hearing aids. Think of it like a cell phone – it wasn’t that long ago that you would pay a pretty penny for a phone that had a camera or internet access. Now, it would be hard to find a phone that didn’t have either of those features!
What’s ‘standard’ on today’s hearing aids?
Every device is different – ask your hearing care provider to explain and demonstrate the features specific to your hearing aid. However, there are some features that you’ll find on most hearing aids today – even most lower cost options, including:
- Rechargeable batteries
- Bluetooth and smartphone app control
- Noise feedback management
- Water resistance
Myth 2: Hearing aids won’t fit in my budget
While it’s true that hearing aids are an investment, they don’t need to completely empty your wallet. When shopping for hearing aids, make sure to ask about financing options that can help spread the cost of your hearing aids out over a few months or a year. That way, you can get the care you need for your hearing, without breaking the bank.
Also be sure to ask if there is a trial period for your hearing aids. A trial period allows you to take your hearing aids home and wear them for a while to ensure that you found the right need for your hearing needs and lifestyle.
Myth 3: Hearing aids aren’t covered by insurance
A growing number of groups and health plans, including many Medicare Advantage, plans are offering coverage for hearing aids. Having a hearing benefit can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket cost for hearing aids. You may even have additional coverage for testing and follow-up appointments. You can call your benefit provider to see if you have coverage for hearing care. You can also use our online benefit check or call 1-844-267-5436 to see if you have a benefit through Amplifon.
Myth 4: Delaying getting hearing aids will save money
It can be tempting to think that you can avoid spending money by simply not getting hearing aids. The truth is that delaying getting hearing aids can cost you more money in the long run. Why’s that? Hearing loss is connected to many other health conditions, including depression, dementia, and injury-causing falls. If hearing loss is left untreated, you’re more ask risk for these conditions, which can be costly – both to your health and your budget.
If you think you have hearing loss or are considering getting hearing aids, don’t delay! Schedule an appointment with an Amplifon provider near you today.