These days, hearing aids are becoming more and more technologically advanced. However, while you’d assume that might mean older models becoming more affordable, that’s not exactly how it works.
While most tech gizmos and gadgets have decreased in price and more deals are available, hearing aids are still pretty expensive. Some even cost thousands of dollars, which is quite prohibitive for many folks, especially when Medicare won’t cover those costs.
(A few private insurance policies cover hearing aids, but those are few and far between. Some will at least help provide you with discount and deals options though.)
So, what can you do? If you’re wondering how you can afford a hearing aid without breaking the bank, we’ve got some tips on how to help you find deals.
Avoid Bundled Costs
Some audiologists offer bundle options include the cost of your hearing exam with the cost of a hearing aid. This can sometimes result in you paying for services you don’t need.
With that in mind, we suggest paying for services individually and buying your hearing aid separately to save money.
Try Shopping Online for Some of the Best Deals
Buying a hearing aid from your audiologist will often have quite a markup. After your hearing exam, don’t just settle for what they can sell you, try shopping around online to find the best deals. You’ll likely save quite a lot of money.
In reality, hearing aids don’t cost that much to manufacture. Often, what you’re really paying for are the services you’ve received and the convenience of buying one on the spot. Sometimes you can negotiate a better price, bur often it’s better to simply shop elsewhere.
Buying from a wholesale club like Sam’s Club or Costco may also be a viable option, too. They are both known for having great deals.
Get a PSAP
If you just can’t afford a hearing aid at all, there are personal sound amplification products available over the counter. It’s sort of like buying drugstore reading glasses, but for your ears. Sadly, PSAPs are not anywhere near as cheap as drugstore readers though.
Still, they are often less expensive than a hearing aid.
These devices aren’t for everyone, and they will really only benefit those with mild hearing loss. However, for around $200-300, you can likely find a decent pair of PSAPs. These should do a decent job of canceling out background chatter. If PSAPs don’t work for you, you shouldn’t rule out audiologist-prescribed devices.
Although PSAPs are one option, it’s still highly recommended you have your ears examined by a professional. This can help determine if your hearing loss is treatable and help you avoid it getting progressively worse.