Many hearing aid shoppers are concerned about the cost of hearing aids. According to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the average cost of one hearing aid is $2300 (or $4600 for a pair). While that is the average, there are many reports of people paying $7000 or more for a pair of hearing aids. At HearStore, our goal is to help make hearing aids more affordable and allow consumers to choose what level of service they want. While many retailers force their customers to purchase service packages, extra batteries and other items they may not need, we use an 'unbundled' model of care. This allows you to choose what works best for you. All of our hearing aids come with manufacturer warranties, local professional fitting and remote programming adjustments.
Questions about Hearing Aid Prices
There are other websites with discount hearing aid pricing. What makes HearStore different?
While there are other sites that offer cheap hearing aids, HearStore is different in a number of ways. First, we offer high-quality hearing aids with a local, professional fitting. This means you will visit with a local, licensed professional to get your new hearing aids adjusted to your hearing. Second, we offer an ‘unbundled’ model of care. This means that you get to choose if you want to purchase a local service package with your hearing aids and if so, how much service you would like. Most hearing aid retailers bundle services with their hearing aids that you may not need. Last, we offer our remote ‘Retune’ service, where you can get free remote adjustments* during the warranty period.
Why do hearing aids cost so much?
Many hearing aid shoppers have been shocked by the high sticker price of most hearing aids. Most of us have heard stories of people paying $5k, $6k or even $7k or more for a set of new devices.
Some of the cost of hearing aids is due to the high level of sophistication required for hearing instruments. Not only do these devices have to analyze, process and amplify the sound very quickly, but they need to do so in a very small package and with low power requirements. A laptop, for example, has complex processing requirements – but has a much larger power source to accomplish those tasks.
Another reason for the high price tag of hearing aids is the standard distribution model. Many hearing aid offices only fit 15-25 hearing aids per month, requiring that these clinics mark up the hearing devices between 200%-400% to maintain profitability. Many markets are very competitive, which means that hearing practices need to spend a lot of money on marketing to bring in new customers. These dollars spent on marketing must be recouped in the form of a higher margin on the hearing aids.
What other items might I be charged for? Will I be nickel and dimed after purchasing hearing aids from you?
In addition to offering affordable hearing aid options, we also include quite a lot with each purchase. Hearing tests, initial fitting, remote adjustments and manufacturer warranties are included with each HearStore purchase. In some cases, you may need a new custom earmold. For custom earmolds, we charge $100 per ear. This includes the both the earmold and professional fitting fee from the local audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.