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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:

1. Determined if and to what extent the hearing loss is.

2. Showed our customer how their hearing loss affects them and the people around them.

3. 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.

Hearing loss is a disability which as of a 2004 MarkeTrak survey, affects around 10 percent of the US population making it as prevalent as many more “well known” disabilities that doctors look for and treat on a daily basis. Hearing loss simply is something that the overwhelming majority of well intending physicians do not screen for. Only about 13 % of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to disrespect or downplay the importance of physicians who in today’s day and age have many responsibilities and a great number of patients to see per day.

So many obstacles exist to getting hearing healthcare. It can be frustrating for those seeking help and those available to provide the necessary help. Only about 20 percent of the people that actually need hearing aids use them. Although this can be attributed to various reasons, we will look a little deeper at the effects of failed hearing aid fittings on the customers themselves and how this bad word of mouth prevents others from receiving the help that they need.

We hear this story so often,that is the story of the unsatisfied hearing aid user… maybe they still have the hearing aids and they are sitting in the sock drawer or maybe they returned them. This story, no matter what the details, generally ends with someone who needs hearing help not receiving it.

In this day and age the internet is used to do many things and research many topics. The internet is great and it has enabled a great deal of advancement, but in some ways the internet has had negative impacts. The recent state farm commercial featuring someone claiming she learned something on the internet and that “they cannot put anything on there that is not true” visits this point quite comically (watch here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmx4twCK3_I)

It is hard to miss it, the barrage of mail received by many regarding hearing aids can be overwhelming depending on where you live. You may know them as having such incentives as:  30 people needed to try a new technology, 50 percent off MSRP, come in for a free hearing test and get a free turkey (during thanksgiving of course), etc… All of these pieces are designed to get someone who would put off addressing their hearing loss to FINALLY make that move to do something. The average person waits 7 years between recognizing a hearing loss and treating it and about 20 percent of those who could benefit from hearing instruments actually get them at all.

Hearing care and insurance

Talk about confusing. Hearing care (that is, hearing aids and related equipment) has long been something that was not covered by most insurances and for the most part remains that way, with of course a host of complications that make it harder for us to say that no insurances cover hearing aids.

We will start off with the more simple and easy to explain: Medicare does not cover hearing aids or hearing testing related to obtaining hearing aids. That has not changed. What HAS changed is the Medicare supplement plans such as AARP that claim to provide hearing aid benefits. Since these plans often follow Medicare guidelines, no insurance plan associated with Medicare provides hearing aid benefits. We define hearing aid benefits or hearing aid coverage as an actual monetary benefit meaning that you get a dollar amount towards hearing aids.

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:

1. Determined if and to what extent the hearing loss is.

2. Showed our customer how their hearing loss affects them and the people around them.

3. 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.

Hearing loss is a disability which as of a 2004 MarkeTrak survey, affects around 10 percent of the US population making it as prevalent as many more “well known” disabilities that doctors look for and treat on a daily basis. Hearing loss simply is something that the overwhelming majority of well intending physicians do not screen for. Only about 13 % of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to disrespect or downplay the importance of physicians who in today’s day and age have many responsibilities and a great number of patients to see per day.

So many obstacles exist to getting hearing healthcare. It can be frustrating for those seeking help and those available to provide the necessary help. Only about 20 percent of the people that actually need hearing aids use them. Although this can be attributed to various reasons, we will look a little deeper at the effects of failed hearing aid fittings on the customers themselves and how this bad word of mouth prevents others from receiving the help that they need.

We hear this story so often,that is the story of the unsatisfied hearing aid user… maybe they still have the hearing aids and they are sitting in the sock drawer or maybe they returned them. This story, no matter what the details, generally ends with someone who needs hearing help not receiving it.

In this day and age the internet is used to do many things and research many topics. The internet is great and it has enabled a great deal of advancement, but in some ways the internet has had negative impacts. The recent state farm commercial featuring someone claiming she learned something on the internet and that “they cannot put anything on there that is not true” visits this point quite comically (watch here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmx4twCK3_I)

It is hard to miss it, the barrage of mail received by many regarding hearing aids can be overwhelming depending on where you live. You may know them as having such incentives as:  30 people needed to try a new technology, 50 percent off MSRP, come in for a free hearing test and get a free turkey (during thanksgiving of course), etc… All of these pieces are designed to get someone who would put off addressing their hearing loss to FINALLY make that move to do something. The average person waits 7 years between recognizing a hearing loss and treating it and about 20 percent of those who could benefit from hearing instruments actually get them at all.

Hearing care and insurance

Talk about confusing. Hearing care (that is, hearing aids and related equipment) has long been something that was not covered by most insurances and for the most part remains that way, with of course a host of complications that make it harder for us to say that no insurances cover hearing aids.

We will start off with the more simple and easy to explain: Medicare does not cover hearing aids or hearing testing related to obtaining hearing aids. That has not changed. What HAS changed is the Medicare supplement plans such as AARP that claim to provide hearing aid benefits. Since these plans often follow Medicare guidelines, no insurance plan associated with Medicare provides hearing aid benefits. We define hearing aid benefits or hearing aid coverage as an actual monetary benefit meaning that you get a dollar amount towards hearing aids.

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