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questions about hearing aids

Common questions about hearing aids and hearing loss

How long do most hearing aids last?

You can expect your hearing aids to provide good service for four to six years in most cases. After that, because technology advances over time and your hearing may decrease further, you may benefit from replacing your hearing aids with newer technology. In addition, hearing aids are exposed to the heat and humidity of the human body every day and require regular service and repairs. Out-of-warranty hearing aid repairs include additional warranties for the manufacturer’s repair. In addition, loss and damage coverage can be purchased separately when your original loss and damage coverage expires or is utilized.

How much do hearing aids usually cost?

The cost of hearing aids ranges from $500 to $3,200 per ear, depending on the level of technology and features purchased. Many affordable options are available that do a great job of improving your hearing. Higher priced technology typically has more advanced signal processing, performs better in noisy environments, and offers more features and flexibility. Be sure to discuss your budget and lifestyle with your audiologist so that we can recommend the best technology for your individual circumstances and budget.

Why do hearing aids cost so much?

Hearing aids use advanced digital processing to help you hear better. Thanks to miniaturization of computer technology, we can essentially place a tiny computer in your ear that helps improve your hearing. Also included in the cost is the hearing professional’s expertise, as well as the technology and equipment necessary to fit advanced hearing aid technologies specifically for your needs. Typically, the price also includes warranty service, follow-up care, and adjustments necessary for your long-term success.

What can I do if I need hearing aids, but can’t afford them?

Please let us know your budget and any concerns you have at your initial consultation. We have many options available to help you with the purchase of hearing aids, including financing through CareCredit. In some cases, refurbished hearing aid technologies are available.

What is the difference between a hearing screening and a diagnostic hearing evaluation?

A hearing screening can give us an indication of whether you have a hearing loss, but doesn’t provide the level of detail necessary in order for us to prescribe and fit you with the appropriate hearing aid technology. Screenings are often offered free of charge as part of special promotions or at health fairs. A diagnostic hearing evaluation is much more in depth and utilizes sophisticated technology to tell us exactly which sounds and frequencies you aren’t hearing. It provides us with a blueprint of your hearing loss and helps us prescribe the best technology for you. Your health insurance or Medicare typically covers the cost of a diagnostic evaluation if ordered by a physician, after deductibles have been met.

Are hearing aids tax deductible?

Hearing aids are considered a medical expense if you itemize your income taxes. However, there is no standard deduction for hearing aids. You should consult your tax advisor to see if you can itemize the cost on your tax return.

Does insurance cover the cost of hearing aids?

Most insurance plans cover the cost of a diagnostic hearing evaluation, less any deductible or co-pays you may have. Some plans do provide coverage for some or all of the cost of hearing aids. Because individual plan coverage varies widely, we recommend you consult your plan for specifics. We verify all hearing aid benefits and provide estimates routinely.

Does Medicare cover the cost of hearing aids?

Medicare covers the cost of a diagnostic hearing evaluation when medically necessary if your doctor orders this test, less any deductible you may have. However, Medicare does not cover the cost of hearing aids.
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