Cost of Hearing Aids
At Southeast Kentucky Audiology, we believe in transparent pricing for our treatment options and services. You deserve to be an active participant in your hearing healthcare. Hearing aids can be very expensive, but they don’t need to be! Most offices use what is known as a “Bundled” pricing model. In this model, the cost of hearing aids along with the cost of services, batteries, and warranties for 3 years is bundled into the total price. This ultimately drives up the price for hearing aids, forcing many patients to forego treatment.
Our office has implemented a unique pricing model known as an “Unbundled” or “Itemized” pricing system. This means the cost for the hearing aids, services, batteries, etc. has been broken out and you pay for services as they occur. In the majority of other offices, you may be quoted $5,000 or more for hearing aids because the price has “bundled” the services, batteries, warranties, etc. into the total cost of the hearing aids, which makes hearing aids more expensive for you.
With our unique unbundled pricing model, your up front cost is much lower and you save money in the long run!
Our prices for hearing aids and our services are listed below.
Hearing Aid Technology Levels and Prices
Value Technology – $250/ear
Great introductory hearing aid for minimal hearing loss.
*No automatic, binaural, or wireless features.
Basic Technology – $850/ear
Most appropriate for one-on-one conversation, with little to no background noise.
Social Technology – $1,000/ear
Recommended for hearing in small group settings.
Active Technology – $1,300/ear
Recommended for socially active patients in various listening environments.
Premium Technology – $1,600/ear
Recommended for patients who need to hear in multiple and challenging listening environments and spend time outside.
Hearing Aid Services and Prices
Hearing Aid Consultation – Free
During this appointment, we discuss hearing aid technology levels and prices and answer any questions you may have about hearing aids and how they work. A demonstration of the latest hearing technology is also offered.
Hearing Aid Candidacy Evaluation – $114
This appointment is recommended to ensure the most appropriate treatment option is selected for you. During this appointment, your most comfortable and uncomfortable listening levels are measured, your speech understanding will be tested in noise, and goals will be identified for the situations in which it is most important for you to hear. Once this is complete, your hearing healthcare provider will make a recommendation on which treatment option is best for you.
Hearing Aid Fitting and Orientation – $228
The day has finally arrived when you will be fit with your hearing technology! At this appointment, the hearing aids are programmed specifically for you based on your hearing evaluation results, hearing aid candidacy evaluation results, and your feedback. Additionally, you are taught how to use and take care of the hearing aids and you will practice putting them on and taking them off. A follow-up appointment is scheduled two to three weeks following your fitting appointment to monitor your progress.
Hearing Aid Verification/Real-Ear Measures – $114
Hearing aid verification is recommended for every patient who has been fit with hearing aids to ensure the hearing aids are functioning the way they are meant to. The sound from a hearing aid will function differently depending on the shape of the ear and the ear canal. Every patient’s ear is unique, like a fingerprint, which means a hearing aid will work differently for every patient, even if patients have the same hearing loss.
During hearing aid verification, a small microphone is placed in your ear canal and your hearing aid is placed on your ear. You will listen to varying volumes of speech to determine how your hearing aid is functioning while it is on your ear. Adjustments are made to the hearing devices until they are set to meet the prescriptive gain and based on your feedback.
Hearing Aid Programming – $76
From time to time your hearing aid may need minor adjustments after you have used them in all your different listening environments. You may want your hearing aids turned up when you play bridge, or you may want them turned down when you see your family on Sunday afternoons. If you ever feel your hearing aids are not performing as expected, contact our office and let us know that your hearing aids need some adjustments.
Hearing Aid Check – $76
A hearing aid check appointment may consist of reviewing information, discussing communication strategies, or discussing other assistive technology options.
Hearing Aid Cleaning – $40
It is recommended your hearing aids be cleaned at least twice a year. At Southeast Kentucky Audiology, your hearing aids will be disassembled, cleaned thoroughly and suctioned of all debris, and placed in our industrial dehumidifier to remove any moisture that has built up on the inside. Once this is complete, new wax guards, domes (if applicable), tubing (if applicable), and microphone covers (if applicable) will be placed on your hearing aids.
Some patients may need to bring their hearing aids in more than twice a year depending on patient activity, ear wax production, and patient environments. This will be recommended on a per patient basis.
Service Plan – $1,300
This optional plan includes all hearing aid services, batteries, and minor in office repairs for THREE years. With this plan, you can purchase at any time and you never have to worry about paying for hearing aid services when you come in.
*This plan does not include extended warranties, out of warranty repair charges, or ear molds.
Ear Mold Options:
Ear Mold Impression – $38
When a custom piece is needed either for your hearing aids, swim molds, or hearing protection, an ear mold impression is taken. An ear canal block is placed in your ear and your ear canal is filled with soft impression material that will harden and make a custom impression of your ear. This impression is sent to the appropriate manufacturer for the desired mold to be made.
Custom ear mold for hearing aid – $80/each
Used to help keep sound in the ear canal.
Swim molds – $45/each
Used for moisture protection when swimming and bathing.
Custom hearing protection – $45/each
Used for hunting, going to concerts, or any loud environment
Single – $1 plus tax
8 pack – $8 plus tax
48 pack – $45 plus tax
Hearing aid Parts:
Receiver (out of warranty) – $100
Dome – $1
Wax guard pack – $7-10 (based on manufacturer)
Ear mold tubing – $1
Extended 1 Year Repair Warranty – $250/hearing aid
Extended 1 Year Loss & Damage Warranty – $250/hearing aid
Out of Warranty Repair Charge (less than 5 years old) – $250/hearing aid
Out of Warranty Repair Charge (over 5 years old) – $500/hearing aid
Shipping & Handling – $5
This charge is applied only if you request to have supplies or your hearing aids sent to your home.