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How much do hearing aids cost?

Posted on October 28, 2021 by Kyle Walton

Why is hearing care so important for seniors?

Did you know that approximately 37.5 million American adults suffer from hearing loss? Believe it or not, these numbers only get more intense with age. According to the National Institute of Health,  around one in three seniors over the age of 65 are affected by hearing loss to some degree.

The reality is, it is incredibly common for seniors to have issues with hearing, and that’s why for some seniors, hearing aids and other hearing devices are practically a necessity for older individuals who want to maintain their quality of life to the fullest possible extent.

How much do hearing aids cost without insurance?

Despite the aforementioned necessity of hearing aid devices, hearing aids, hearing exams, and other forms of hearing care services are not currently covered under Original Medicare Parts A and B. Unfortunately, this can make paying for hearing aids extremely difficult for the groups that need them most.

Depending on the quality of device you require, the average cost of hearing aids can be anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 on average as of 2021. That said, the cost of hearing aids does not always correlate directly with device quality.

Like any other type of medical equipment, hearing aids must be specifically tailored to ideally serve the person who wears them. What works for some may not work for others, and this is where we tend to see an even greater fluctuation in prove.

Additionally, more expensive hearing aid devices may include higher-end tech features, such as wireless connectivity or the ability to mask tinnitus. Other factors that may directly affect the total cost of hearing aids include:

  • The hearing test that diagnoses the degree of your hearing loss
  • Consultations with professional audiologists
  • Additional fittings and adjustments
  • Professional hearing aid cleanings
  • Manufacturing and sales practices, including state regulations associated with comparison shopping
  • Warranties

Can insurance assist me in paying for hearing aids?

While Original Medicare Parts A and B do not currently provide recipients with hearing aid insurance, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is still possible to receive assistance in paying for your hearing aids through additional insurance programs, such as Medicare Advantage (also known as Medicare Part C).

It is important to keep in mind, however, that Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurance companies. As such, their exact benefits, pricing, and availability may vary. Nevertheless, most Medicare Advantage plans do provide coverage for hearing aids, hearing exams, and other hearing care services.

In addition, Medicare Advantage plans often provide more comprehensive health insurance coverage for vision needs, dental needs, prescription drug coverage, and even transportation needs in some cases.

If you are at all interested in exploring your Medicare Advantage health insurance options, don’t hesitate to reach out to the licensed insurance agents at MedicareInsurance.com today!

About the Author

Kyle Walton

Kyle is a professional writer with several years of experience helping to inform the public on many diverse topics and industries, including healthcare. He is a Kutztown University graduate, Class of 2017.

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