The cost of hearing healthcare
It is generally one of the first questions or concerns we get when the conversation starts, how much are hearing aids? Many of the times we get this question even before we have had any contact with the caller, they are simply interested in price. Now, just to clear things up we are very aware that this is a very reasonable question however we hope in the following post to explain why we do not give pricing out to anyone without first having:
- Determined if and to what extent the hearing loss is.
- Showed our customer how their hearing loss affects them and the people around them.
- Demonstrated how a properly fit set of instruments can help compensate for a hearing loss.
The degree and type of hearing loss will dictate the type of hearing aids available for use and whether one or two is needed. There are different manufacturers and models which can be used and there is no way to determine the best choice for someone without a one on one consultation. Additionally, since success with hearing aids relies so heavily on the actual professional fitting them and the office supporting them, it is paramount to visit and interact with the practice before discussing cost.
Helping a hearing loss involves much more than simply purchasing one or two hearing aids, putting them in your ear and going on with your life. If it were that simple (which we agree would be nice) then everyone would get their hearing aids online, off the shelf at walmart, or via other means bypassing a licensed professional. Quality hearing aids and the necessary care that goes into fitting them not only initially, but for their life, is expensive. The very nature of hearing loss for most people requires hearing devices which are fit by a talented professional and can require multiple visits to obtain a fitting which not only provides the sound that is needed, but in a way that can be utilized by the user every day all day.
Our goal is to fit hearing instruments that provide real benefit every day. Achieving a great fitting consumes multiple resources. However, don’t let that discourage you. The outcome is worth the initial investment in time and money – take a look at our testimonials! Many times when someone has decided to do something about their hearing loss, cost becomes less of an issue and providing real benefits to help connect that person back with things and people they love becomes the priority.
We hope that this blog post has helped to explain a little better the costs behind hearing healthcare to educate those who are confused. In future posts we will address some more reasons why hearing aids and hearing professionals get a bum rap, which contributes to the perception that hearing aids are overpriced.