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Hearing Aid Prices:
Hearing assistive technology varies widely in both price and sophistication. We offer hearing aid prices ranging from $499 to over $4000 per instrument. With such a wide range, you may wonder, “Why pay $4000 for a hearing aid when you could get hearing help for only $499?” To get to the answers about hearing aid prices, you need to ask a few more questions.
“How severe is your hearing loss?”
What we’re trying to discover is the level of power and sophistication the hearing instrument needs in order to replace what the ear is no longer providing naturally. Compensating for mild, moderate, severe, or profound hearing loss categories requires different levels of power. The most economical hearing aids have limited power and are best suited for a milder loss.
“How complex is your hearing loss?”
The most economical units function in essentially the same way they did 20 years ago; they simply make things louder. These instruments do not distinguish between or allow you to adjust amplification by frequency level. To improve speech understanding, however, you need to be able to amplify the specific sounds you are having trouble hearing. As the sophistication level of the hearing instrument increases, so does the ability to enhance individual frequencies—improving both listening quality and understanding, But of course, an increase in functionality requires better technology, and that comes with an increase in cost.
“What is your lifestyle?”
Do you NEED to be able to distinguish between many different sounds to be happy? If you lead a fairly calm and quiet lifestyle at home where the sounds you want to hear aren’t competing with a lot of background noise, the answer is probably “No”. If, on the other hand, you lead an active lifestyle that includes gatherings with family and friends, worship, the theater, and the necessity of interacting with peers or clients at work, you need sophisticated hearing aids that can be programmed to specifically compensate for your particular hearing loss.
Ultimately, we’re trying to use technology to compensate for something impossibly intricate: the human ear. This requires a lot of sophistication and is the result of expensive research and development and very powerful circuitry in a very compact device.
“What can you afford?”
Most people would love to have the very best technology available (as long as it’s not difficult to use). But you may not have the need, or the flexibility in your budget to purchase the best, And that’s OK. There are nearly as many technology options as there are levels of hearing loss. The key is to strike the right balance between hearing aid price and lifestyle need. We have flexible financing terms and payment programs that can help us arrive at the best solution.
“What services are included at that hearing aid price?”
Regardless of the price you pay for your hearing help, you need to know you are getting the best service available and that that service is going to continue to be available into the future, but service agreements can vary by instrument as well. High end hearing aids come with better service packages and warranties than do lower priced devices. When determining the right solution for your hearing needs, make sure to consider that hearing better is a rehabilitative process that takes time and coaching, in addition to technology.
We help people at every level of hearing loss and at every price point–and we’re very good at matching up the two. So whether you would qualify for that $499 hearing device, or would be better fit with one that is closer $4,000 the improvement in your quality-of-life that comes with better hearing is well worth the investment! We also make house calls, and everything we tell you and promise you we put it in writing and sign it.
Internet Sales Policy:
We do not sell hearing aids online, nor do we condone the practices of online retailers who do sell hearing aids online. There are many good reasons for this, but three of the biggest reasons are:
Hearing aids are medical devices. In order to prescribe or fit a hearing aid, the dispensing professional must be qualified and licensed to do so by the State board that regulates that activity.
Hearing loss can be a symptom or warning sign of other possible health conditions. An initial hearing consultation includes an examination that may indicate the possible existence of other serious ear health conditions. In cases like these, a referral is made to a medical professional.
Hearing better is a journey that requires both excellent technology and excellent care. Buying a hearing aid without receiving a face-to-face consultation, the appropriate testing, a professional fitting, and subsequent follow-up visits could result in you purchasing a hearing instrument that is not effective for your loss or worse, it could lead to damaging your hearing further.
When purchasing a hearing aid you should be confident in your hearing health provider, the stability and longevity of the business, and the equipment he or she is using to provide your hearing loss solution. Another important part of your purchase is the availability of on going help. When you notice a problem with your device or need to come in for adjustments, cleanings, counseling, or for supplies, you want easy access to that help. In short, you need the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will be taken care of no matter what.
At Hear Clear Hearing Center, peace of mind is exactly what we strive to provide with every hearing aid we fit.
Types of Hearing Loss:
There are two main types of hearing loss: Conductive and Sensorineural. They both have to do with a failure to transfer sound along the path from the outer ear to the brain’s hearing centers, but they differ in the location of the impairment.
Conductive Hearing Loss:
In the case of a Conductive loss, sound is impaired in the outer and/or middle ear. This usually results in reduced sound levels and the loss of faint sounds. Common causes may include ear infections, earwax, fluid in the middle ear from a cold, among other diseases and disorders. The most common treatments are medical and surgical for this type of loss, but in some cases hearing aids can be effective alternatives.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
When there is failure to fully or accurately transmit sound through the inner ear (cochlea) or along the neural pathways, this is called a Sensorineural loss. Usually the cause of this failure is damage to the interior workings of the cochlea.
When you hear, sound vibrations are funneled from the outer ear, through the middle ear, and into the cochlea, where they pass over and stimulate tiny hair cells. When damaged, these hair cells cannot accurately convert sound vibrations into the nuero-electrical impulses that travel through the auditory nerve to the brain. The result is a reduction in perception and interpretation of the hearing impulses – in other words: a reduction in the ability to pick up the sound in the first place and a reduction in the ability to figure out what the sound is. This decrease in hearing sensitivity is typically treated by carefully targeting sound amplification with hearing aids to compensate for damaged hair cells.
Causes of a Sensorineural loss can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (after birth). Congenital causes might include: infections, prematurity, hereditary factors, or birth trauma. Acquired causes include: overexposure to noise, ear infections, head injury, disease (like meningitis or encephalitis), or a negative side effect of some drugs.
Mixed Hearing Loss:
This is just what it sounds like: a mixture of a Conductive and Sensorineural loss. This type of loss occurs when one type of loss is present and damage occurs to another part of the ear, causing both types to be present at the same time. Treatments for this type of hearing loss usually include medical and surgical procedures, but in some cases hearing aids can be effective as well.
Sometimes there is a ringing in the ears or a constant buzzing that is associated with hearing loss. This constant sound is called “tinnitus” (pronounced either ti-NIGHT-is or TIN-i-tus. Both pronunciations are correct). Tinnitus does not always occur with hearing loss, but they are often associated. While the exact cause of this condition is unknown at this time, there are several known ways to either mask or manage this constant sound. Especially when tinnitus accompanies hearing loss, the use of hearing aids has provided relief for some tinnitus patients. When the hearing loss is in the same frequency range as the tinnitus, hearing aids help bring in the ambient sounds that naturally cover the constant ringing.
To learn more about tinnitus and the role hearing aids play in managing it, call Hear Clear Hearing Center at 1-610-317-2600.
Hear Clear has a Solution:
The technology available to help people overcome hearing loss is more advanced than ever, and our procedures for identifying areas of loss and for fitting instruments to compensate for the loss are more accurate than ever. Don’t struggle with the effects of untreated hearing loss any more. Call 1-610-317-2600 and rediscover one of life’s greatest pleasures.